Deep Dot Web https://www.deepdotweb.com Surfacing The News From The DeepWeb Sat, 10 Feb 2018 20:43:52 -0200 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.3 Man Arrested for Buying Counterfeit Euros in 2015 https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/02/10/man-arrested-buying-counterfeit-euros-2015/ https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/02/10/man-arrested-buying-counterfeit-euros-2015/#respond Sat, 10 Feb 2018 20:43:52 +0000 https://www.deepdotweb.com/?p=24757 After he had arrived at an airport in Madrid, local law enforcement arrested a 29-year-old from Switzerland on an international arrest warrant. He had no idea why Madrid authorities had arrested him, he told the courtroom at the district court in Lörrach, Germany. After two beatings, he said, he understood that a 2015 purchase of ...

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After he had arrived at an airport in Madrid, local law enforcement arrested a 29-year-old from Switzerland on an international arrest warrant. He had no idea why Madrid authorities had arrested him, he told the courtroom at the district court in Lörrach, Germany. After two beatings, he said, he understood that a 2015 purchase of counterfeit euros from a darknet market vendor had finally caught up with him. After the court heard the details of his story, even the prosecution agreed upon a lenient sentence for the man. He returned home to Switzerland, sentenced only to six months probation.

“I did not think much about it, I told myself,” the defendant told the courtroom when asked why he had purchased the notes. Investigators found that the man had purchased 10 fake €50 notes from a darknet market vendor. The purchase took place at some point in May 2015. He picked the notes up nearly one month later at a packing station in Weil am Rhein. The 29-year-old had been travelling when he placed the order. However, when he finally picked the notes up in Germany, he saw their poor quality and chose not to spend the notes. He even spoke to one of his friends—a lawyer—about the notes. The lawyer told him a story about “someone was sentenced to 10 years in prison for a fake note.”

He got rid of the notes and moved on with his life. He travelled to several countries in between 2015 and his late 2017 arrest. On September 2017, the man had planned a trip home to visit his family. Authorities in Madrid arrested him at the airport and immediately threw him in jail. They beat him twice, he told the court. He said they placed him in extradition custody for 10 days before shipping him to Frankfurt, Germany. He arrived in Frankfurt without luggage, money, or a way to get home. His mother found out what had happened and secured his release in Germany.

German authorities released him and the man flew home to his family. He later returned to court in Germany to face the charges. He learned that shortly after he had purchased the counterfeit notes, Italian police investigated a counterfeit vendor on the darknet who sold fake notes to customers across Europe. After a brief investigation, authorities arrested the vendor and seized a USB drive. On the drive, investigators said, the vendor had maintained a list of customers. One of those customers was the 29-year-old man.

After hearing that he had torn the notes up not long after receiving them, the prosecution asked for a sentence that fit the man’s “less serious” counterfeiting crime. She wanted eight months on probation. The defendant’s lawyer wanted six months on probation. The court found six months on probation to be a fitting punishment, considering the fact that the bills never entered circulation.

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German Man Downloaded 7000 Child Abuse Pictures https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/02/10/german-man-downloaded-7000-child-abuse-pictures/ https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/02/10/german-man-downloaded-7000-child-abuse-pictures/#respond Sat, 10 Feb 2018 12:43:49 +0000 https://www.deepdotweb.com/?p=24756 A District Court in Meschede heard the case of a 60-year-old man who “had one of the most shocking videos circulating the darknet.” The man, unsurprisingly, received a prison sentence of three years and three months for buying and having possession of child abuse material. Primarily the video. However, the 60-year-old also had more than ...

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A District Court in Meschede heard the case of a 60-year-old man who “had one of the most shocking videos circulating the darknet.” The man, unsurprisingly, received a prison sentence of three years and three months for buying and having possession of child abuse material. Primarily the video. However, the 60-year-old also had more than 7,000 child abuse pictures and 500 child abuse videos that he had downloaded from the darknet. Not all of the videos. But the worst ones, the court said, came from the darknet.

The man, a 60-year-old from Eslohe, used the pseudonym “Baby Hunter” on darknet child abuse forums like Elysium and The Love Zone. Investigators found the pictures and videos stored on several storage mediums that belonged to the Eslohe man. The question raised by the court, however, was whether or not this man had influence on the film created by the person who created the video. According to investigators, the 60-year-old had sent 300 euros to an address in the Philippines where the creator lived. The creator’s identity is obvious, even though the press releases never named the man.

Although Peter Scully is behind bars in the Philippines, the authorities fear that he still runs his horrific child abuse business through proxies and third parties. Scully, one of the world’s worst pedophiles and certainly one of the most notorious on the darknet, created a child abuse film that pushed the boundaries of the word “abuse.” Prior to his 2015 arrest, Scully sold this video for up to $10,000 on the darknet, sources said.

But Scully did not stop at the creation of the destructive video; his decision to flee his home country for the Philippines came both out of necessity and out of opportunity. He kidnapped and raped an unknown number of children during his time as a free man in the Philippines. And he could get away with it far more easily than he could have if he had lived in Australia or the United States. But the German courts fear the 60-year-old man could have interacted with Scully through Scully’s “live performances.” Scully abused the children he and his female partners kidnapped, but instead of simply taping it and later uploading it, Scully allowed pedophiles across the world to control the abuse by issuing commands and setting the scenes. He charged different prices depending upon unknown factors.

Investigators found that the 60-year-old man had maintained contact with Peter Scully (likely prior to Scully’s arrest) and that the man had sent Scully money. They failed to find out the level of interaction the man had with the darknet’s most notorious pedophile. Without proof of anything more than receiving and viewing the pictures and videos he had downloaded, the court sentenced the man to spend three years and three months in prison.

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DOJ Introduces Dark Web Team to Fight Illegal Drug Trade https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/02/10/doj-introduces-dark-web-team-fight-illegal-drug-trade/ https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/02/10/doj-introduces-dark-web-team-fight-illegal-drug-trade/#comments Sat, 10 Feb 2018 04:43:45 +0000 https://www.deepdotweb.com/?p=24755 With the rate of dark web usage increasing every now and then, there is serious concern about a strong and concrete plan or solution to put a stop to it. Well, many have tried to do that over the years, with various firms teaming up to fight this dark web battle but to no avail. ...

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With the rate of dark web usage increasing every now and then, there is serious concern about a strong and concrete plan or solution to put a stop to it. Well, many have tried to do that over the years, with various firms teaming up to fight this dark web battle but to no avail. The numbers still keep racking up when it comes to the dark web and its activities.

The numerous crimes being committed over the dark web has brought about fear and panic in many parts of the world. One main problem which has stood tall amongst the midst of all the other problems is the sale of illegal drugs which has caused inexpressible havoc over the past few years.

Endless efforts have however been made by the U.S. Department of Justice, such as their major role in taking down Alphabay and Hansa, the largest darknet marketplaces at that time. Just November last year, Sessions gave an order designate an opioid coordinator to supervise anti-opioid strategy in 94 District Attorney state offices. In addition to that, he announced that anyone could face criminal prosecution for importing, distributing, or even buying fentanyl, the deadliest synthetic drug sold on the darknet today.

The latest one to add to the long list which many hope will be the breakthrough is the launch of an initiative by the U.S. Department of Justice which seeks to fish out drug-dealers who are hiding on the dark web.

In a press release, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that he will be including FBI agents and analysts moving forward. This is part of an expanded attempt to scan the dark web and free it from the sale of opioid drugs. The new Joint Criminal Opioid Darknet Enforcement (J-CODE) team’s only focus will be on the sale of illegal opioids.

Sessions stated that criminals believe they are safe and unreachable hiding on the dark web, not knowing they are in for a rude awakening. He added that the DOJ has already gained access to their network and are more than ever determined to bring them to justice.

In a released statement, Sessions was quoted saying: “In the midst of the deadliest drug crisis in American history, the FBI and the Department of Justice are stepping up our investment in fighting opioid-related crimes.” He went ahead to say that the “J-CODE team will help us continue to shut down the online marketplaces that drug traffickers use and ultimately that will help us reduce addiction and overdoses across the nation.”

One country suffering from the dark web is the United States, which has recently seen neighborhoods bombarded with synthetic drugs and with it higher crime. Criminals have gotten a new gateway for gun purchasing, as well as, drug dealers.

This has increased the rate at which illegal drugs get into the hands of people in the streets of the U.S, causing death tolls from synthetic opioids to rise. The situation is serious to the extent that, it has turned into an epidemic. The president of the United States was recently drawn into the action as he promised to bring the opioid epidemic to a halt.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, about 64,000 US citizens and residents died from drug overdoses in 2016, a number which had quadrupled since 1999 and even went higher in 2017. These shocking numbers haven’t however gone downward as the death rate continues to rise very fast with no signs of slowing. Reports suggest that the U.S. uses 50% of the world’s opioid analgesics despite being just 5% of the world’s population.

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AlphaBay Fentanyl Analog Vendor EtiKing Found Guilty https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/02/09/alphabay-fentanyl-analog-vendor-etiking-found-guilty/ https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/02/09/alphabay-fentanyl-analog-vendor-etiking-found-guilty/#respond Fri, 09 Feb 2018 20:08:25 +0000 https://www.deepdotweb.com/?p=24741 Jeremy P. Achey, a 43 year old man from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, was convicted in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida of conspiracy to distribute and distribution of controlled substance analogues. Achey was the last person to run the AlphaBay vendor account known as EtiKing. The AlphaBay vendor account EtiKing, along ...

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Jeremy P. Achey, a 43 year old man from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, was convicted in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida of conspiracy to distribute and distribution of controlled substance analogues. Achey was the last person to run the AlphaBay vendor account known as EtiKing. The AlphaBay vendor account EtiKing, along with a large amount of furanyl fentanyl, was sold to Achey for $400 by a man who would go on to become an informant for the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). This informant helped law enforcement agents find and arrest Achey. Law enforcement agents arrested Achey in June of last year and a federal grand jury indicted Achey back in July of last year. Achey was arrested after law enforcement agents surveilled him and his wife ship packages. Achey’s wife was never charged for shipping drugs through the mail. Last year a federal judge in Allentown, Pennsylvania ordered Achey be sent to Florida to stand trial.

Achey faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years up to life in federal prison. He will soon face a sentencing hearing, which is currently scheduled to be held on April 13th. Law enforcement became aware of EtiKing after a 24 year old woman from Orange County, Florida fatally overdosed in February of last year on a combination of drugs, tetrahydrofuran fentanyl and etizolam, purchased from EtiKing through AlphaBay. The woman’s fiancé had also overdosed on the same combination of drugs, but not fatally. The fiancé worked with law enforcement to help prosecute EtiKing. Prosecutors claim 20 overdose deaths occurred from people who ingested drugs sold by EtiKing. The law enforcement agencies which helped investigate and prosecute Achey include the Pennsylvania State Police, the Orange County, Florida Sheriff’s Office, the DEA, the US Postal Inspection Service, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations.

EtiKing had sold many research chemicals such as etizolam, furanyl fentanyl, tetrahydrofuran fentanyl, 4-ACO-DMT, 6-APB, among other drugs. “Tetrahydrofuranfentanyl is a synthetic opiate. It is not currently a scheduled substance. No determination has yet been made as to whether tetrahydrofuranfentanyl is a controlled substance analogue,” the criminal complaint which was filed in July of last year stated. When the criminal complaint was originally filed against Achey, it was noted that tetrahydrofuran fentanyl was not determined to be considered an analog of a Schedule I or Schedule II drug. However, the prosecution successfully argued that the drug was an analog of the Schedule II drug fentanyl, which may be the first time this particular fentanyl analog was ruled to fall under the 1986 Federal Analogue Act.

Under the Federal Analogue Act of 1986 any drug which is not scheduled under the Controlled Substances Act is considered to be scheduled if it is sold for human or animal consumption and is substantially structurally and pharmacologically similar to a drug that is listed in Schedule I or Schedule II of the Controlled Substances Act. Law enforcement agents were able to use the fiancé of the dead 24 year old Florida woman to send messages to EtiKing in which they were able to prove the vendor knew his customers were buying his drugs for the purpose of human consumption. EtiKing even advised his customers that they could use his fentanyl analogs by snorting, smoking, and injecting them.

Prosecutors declined to charge Achey for selling the etizolam which contributed to the death of the 24 year old Florida woman, or for the ALD-52 and 6-APB he had sent to government agents who did controlled buys over AlphaBay and through the mail. Achey was prosecuted for the 4-ACO-DMT that he mailed to government agents who did a controlled buy over AlphaBay. 4-ACO-DMT is considered to be an analog of the Schedule I drugs DMT and psilocin. Interestingly, law enforcement agents did not attempt to make a controlled purchase of any opioids from EtiKing, despite the fact that he continued to sell them even after he was made aware of the fact that at least one customer fatally overdosed. Instead law enforcement agents attempted to purchase psychedelic drugs like LSD and MDMA/MDA, but instead received similar drugs ALD-52 and 6-APB.

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Former Silk Road Vendor Sentenced to Six Years in Berlin https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/02/09/former-silk-road-vendor-sentenced-six-years-berlin/ https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/02/09/former-silk-road-vendor-sentenced-six-years-berlin/#respond Fri, 09 Feb 2018 12:08:23 +0000 https://www.deepdotweb.com/?p=24740 According to the spokesperson for the Berlin criminal court system, the Berlin district court sentenced a darknet drug trafficker and two accomplices to six years in prison, three years in prison, and a suspended sentence. The primary suspect, a 43-year-old Japanese man living in Berlin named Ryo Y., had been selling drugs on the darknet ...

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According to the spokesperson for the Berlin criminal court system, the Berlin district court sentenced a darknet drug trafficker and two accomplices to six years in prison, three years in prison, and a suspended sentence. The primary suspect, a 43-year-old Japanese man living in Berlin named Ryo Y., had been selling drugs on the darknet as early as November 2012. He sold as “moramaru” on Silk Road, on Alphabay, on Dream, and even on Hansa. After his 2017 arrest, the police seized more than one million euros from Ryo Y. alone.

Ryo sold by himself, initially. Between November 2012 and October 2013, Ryo sold 32 kilograms of cannabis, 1.6 kilos of MDMA, and 385 grams of cocaine. The investigators said the sales totalled 639,863.66 euros. He told the courts that he had used drugs heavily from age 18 onwards. According to his statement, during his average day, he snorted 4-5 grams of cocaine, smoked 20 joints, and swallowed 15 ecstasy pills. Months ago, an Australian kid told a judge that he used four ecstasy pills every day and managed to avoid a prison sentence. (Ecstasy picture from a Reddit review of moramaru’s Ecstasy by a deleted user account.)

Ryo received a prison sentence of six years. He must also spend time in rehab. And possibly worst of all, Berlin’s judicial fund now holds more than one million euros that once belonged to Ryo.

In 2015, Ryo started working with Sayuri. He supplied the drugs and managed the “moramaru” and “3M” vendor accounts. Sayuri packed the drugs and shipped them to the addresses of customers provided to her by Ryo. Investigators said that she shipped 120 packages every week and earned 100 euros every day. She said that she helped sell for several reasons. Her depression was one. And the cost of living was another. “Luxurious duplex apartments and expensive furniture were a must” if she planned to “keep up” with her friends and her neighbors.

The court sentenced Sayuri to three years and three months in prison. In addition, they charged her a fee of 10,000 euros.

The third defendant, called “Defendant H.” in the press release,” worked with Sayuri, investigators said. H. had moved to Berlin not long before the April 2017 raid that ended the group’s operation. According to testimonies heard in court, H. worked internationally as an IT admin. His true profession remains unclear. However, during the raid, H. admitted that he had laundered money for Ryo. The police located a safe inside his family home that contained 109,000 euros. The euros belonged to Ryo. They now belong to Berlin.

With his relatively minor role as a money launderer and his immediate cooperation with law enforcement in mind, the court gave H. a suspended sentence of 19 months on probation. His wife and son allegedly fled the country and headed for Japan, but German authorities will not be seeking prosecution, rbb24 wrote.

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Suspended Sentence for Counterfeit Buyer https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/02/09/suspended-sentence-counterfeit-buyer/ https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/02/09/suspended-sentence-counterfeit-buyer/#comments Fri, 09 Feb 2018 04:10:08 +0000 https://www.deepdotweb.com/?p=24742 A 35-year-old from Sigmaringer, Germany ordered counterfeit 20-euro notes on the darknet and used the notes in local shops and stores. The court sentenced him to one year and three months on a suspended sentence. The man admitted that he had purchased and spent the counterfeits more than one year ago. Police in Sigmaringer learned ...

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A 35-year-old from Sigmaringer, Germany ordered counterfeit 20-euro notes on the darknet and used the notes in local shops and stores. The court sentenced him to one year and three months on a suspended sentence. The man admitted that he had purchased and spent the counterfeits more than one year ago.

Police in Sigmaringer learned of the counterfeit notes after one of the defendant’s relatives used the note at a shop where the shop attendentants easily noticed the imperfections in the note. The court heard how the notes were of some of the poorest quality that law enforcement had ever seen. According to the prosecution, even the size of the fake euros made them stand out. They were much larger than their real counterparts. The defendant told the court that, for that reason, he had attempted to use the counterfeits during the evening. He said that he learned this tactic from the counterfeiters behind the note production.

On the darknet, he said, he found counterfeit note sellers that also provided advice on passing the notes off in public. He said that he paid 80 euros for 10 20-euro notes. Compared to other counterfeit cases covered by DeepDotWeb, these vendors charged a little less than what counterfeit note vendors charged during 2017. The low quality of the notes is likely the reason for the low price. The defendant told the court that he paid the vendor in bitcoin.

The judge asked the 35-year-old why he had purchased and used the fake euro notes. In response, the defendant said that he “was curious to try it out.” He explained that another motivation was his financial state at the time of the crime. He lived off unemployment benefits and a pension. After his rent payment, he had only 400 euros left every month. From that, he had to pay other bills. On top of the standard bills, the defendant also owed child support for children from a previous relationship.

He also admitted that he had spent nine of the counterfeit notes while living in Sigmaringer. With one, he purchased a ticket. With another, he bought a meal at a restaurant. Seven other notes went to meals he had delivered to his house. He explained that he ordered food at night so the delivery person would not easily see the poor quality of the note. The police spoke with one recipient of the counterfeit notes who said that “in daylight you would have recognized the counterfeit money immediately.”

“The 10 notes do not change the world,” the defendant’s lawyer said. He asked the court for a minor sentence of six months. The prosecution asked for one year and six months, suspended upon completion of probation. The court decided upon a suspended sentence of one year and three months.

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Man Killed His Wife After Failed “Murder for Hire” Plot, Prosecutor Says https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/02/08/man-killed-wife-failed-murder-hire-plot-prosecutor-says/ https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/02/08/man-killed-wife-failed-murder-hire-plot-prosecutor-says/#comments Thu, 08 Feb 2018 20:15:00 +0000 https://www.deepdotweb.com/?p=24731 Since Stephen Allwine could not escape his marriage without losing his position as a deacon at the United Church of God, he allegedly killed his wife and called it a suicide. But not before trying to hire a hitman to to do the job for him, Washington County prosecutor Jamie Kreuser told a courtroom. According ...

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Since Stephen Allwine could not escape his marriage without losing his position as a deacon at the United Church of God, he allegedly killed his wife and called it a suicide. But not before trying to hire a hitman to to do the job for him, Washington County prosecutor Jamie Kreuser told a courtroom. According to the prosecutor, Allwine used a darknet site that offered “murder-for-hire” services. The site, Besa Mafia, no longer exists (under that name).

We wrote about the case last year after Allwine’s arrest (and second arrest). According to the narrative provided by the prosecution, Allwine wanted out of his marriage after discovering Ashley Madison, a website known for promoting extra-marital affairs. He apparently learned of the site through a couple he had counseled at his church. After two alleged affairs, Allwine asked the church for permission to divorce his wife. The church told Allwine that if he opted for a divorce, he would lose his position as a deacon at the church.

So, according to the official narrative, Allwine chose to have his wife murdered. He visited a darknet site called “Besa Mafia” and went through the process of paying the site owner (aka the “hitman”) to kill his wife for him. The job came with specific requirements. Allwine needed the murder to look like a suicide. He wanted the world to think his wife had killed herself. Unfortunately for Allwine, the hitman made several mistakes while carrying out the job.

Allwine and the hitman first agreed upon a fatal car accident. Allwine gave the Besa Mafia contact information on his wife’s whereabouts on a specific day. They agreed on a price of $6,000. The hitman failed. Besa Mafia then recommended Allwine pay for a sniper. Allwine, instead, requested the hitman enter his home, kill his wife, and then burn the house down. Of course, none of this ever happened.

The criminal complaint pointed out the following:

“When Victim was not killed and the home not burned down, Besa Mafia told dogdaygod [Allwine] that the hitman was stopped by local police for driving a stolen vehicle and taken to jail prior the hit. Sergeant McAlister noted that during this time, no one was apprehended in Minnesota and western Wisconsin and was arrested in a stolen vehicle and in possession of a gun. Besa Mafia continued to solicit money from dogdaygod [Allwine], continually delaying the hit.”

The churchgoer then decided to end his wife’s life without outside assistance, investigators wrote. Officers arrested Allwine on a second degree murder charge. Months later, the second degree murder charge became a first degree murder charge. First degree murder carries a 25 year minimum sentence in cases involving a handgun.

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PlayPen Member with 5,500 Downloads Sentenced to Six Years in Prison https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/02/08/playpen-member-5500-downloads-sentenced-six-years-prison/ https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/02/08/playpen-member-5500-downloads-sentenced-six-years-prison/#comments Thu, 08 Feb 2018 12:14:58 +0000 https://www.deepdotweb.com/?p=24730 On January 18, United States District Judge Brian J. Davis sentenced a member of the darknet child abuse forum known as PlayPen to six years in prison. The defendant, a 42-year-old Jacksonville man named Jason Barnes, was found guilty following a September bench trial. During Operation Pacifier, FBI agents identified Barnes after he accessed PlayPen ...

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On January 18, United States District Judge Brian J. Davis sentenced a member of the darknet child abuse forum known as PlayPen to six years in prison. The defendant, a 42-year-old Jacksonville man named Jason Barnes, was found guilty following a September bench trial. During Operation Pacifier, FBI agents identified Barnes after he accessed PlayPen on February 28 and March 3, 2015. He admitted accessing and downloading illegal pictures and videos soon after his arrest.

FBI agents arrested Barnes on July 29, 2015. During an interview with investigators, Barnes said that he had “struggled with a child pornography addiction” for several years. He told the FBI that he had accessed PlayPen to view and download the content shared by other members of the forum. Forensic investigators found 500 illegal videos and a whopping 5,000 illegal pictures that Barnes had stored on one of his hard drives.

Many Operation Pacifier suspects either lived in or spent time in Florida, including forum founder Stephen Chase. Chase initially lived in North Carolina and his case was tried in North Carolina, even though he had moved to Florida at some point during the FBI’s investigation into his forum. US courts have seen many PlayPen cases, and even though the media coverage may have indicated otherwise.

The first few PlayPen cases attracted attention from mainstream media outlets due to the legal complications that came with them. David Tippens, for example, got all but one charge dropped, thanks to work from a public defender with experience handling the PlayPen cases. Tippens fought the FBI’s illegal warrant and won; the judge sentenced him to spend six months in custody (a sentence one can spend at a county jail). Since he had spent more than six months in jail while waiting for his trial and the judge added a “time served” clause to his sentence, Tippens walked out of the courtroom as a free man.

And another case more interesting than Barnes’ case was Jay Michaud’s case. Michaud famously walked without any charges whatsoever. He too fought the Department of Justice on the use of the warrant and the FBI’s refusal to provide any information on the so-called malware used to identify Tor users. “The government must now choose between disclosure of classified information and dismissal of its indictment” the Motion to Dismiss read. “Disclosure is not currently an option.”

PlayPen cases might seem to have vanished, but the more recent cases have caused less controversy (and often never mentioned PlayPen in the press releases), making them less interesting stories for the mainstream media. However, the courts are seeing and sentencing an increasing number of PlayPen forum members. Barnes is just one of many examples.

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Florida PlayPen Member Sentenced to Five Years in Prison https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/02/08/florida-playpen-member-sentenced-five-years-prison/ https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/02/08/florida-playpen-member-sentenced-five-years-prison/#respond Thu, 08 Feb 2018 04:14:54 +0000 https://www.deepdotweb.com/?p=24729 A statement from the United States Attorney’s Office of the Middle District of Florida revealed the sentencing of another member of a darknet child abuse forum. This sentencing occurred only days after another Florida man pleaded guilty to downloading and viewing videos depicting various forms of child abuse during the same week in 2015 when ...

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A statement from the United States Attorney’s Office of the Middle District of Florida revealed the sentencing of another member of a darknet child abuse forum. This sentencing occurred only days after another Florida man pleaded guilty to downloading and viewing videos depicting various forms of child abuse during the same week in 2015 when the FBI had taken control of the notorious PlayPen forum. The most recent Florida man, 30-year-old Joseph Michael Griffin of Zephyrhills, received a five year prison sentence for accessing and viewing illegal pictures and videos.

Following his five year prison term, Griffin will spend 20 years under government supervision and 20 years as a registered sex offender. He pleaded guilty during September 2017, not long after a jury found 41-year-old Jason Dean Barnes guilty of doing the same thing—downloading images and videos of children being abused, both from the same website. One of the main differences, though was that Barnes had downloaded at least 5,000 pictures and roughly 500 videos. Griffin had only 45 images and 17 videos on his hard drives. Even if he had downloaded far more than 62 illegal files, the number did not likely reach 500.

Due to both the illegal nature of the FBI’s investigation into the child abuse forum and the complexity of the case, prosecution of the accused forum members has been slowly creeping along. That is, at least, up until the last few months. Many of the high-profile cases have ended. Some of them in surprisingly short sentences. One of them ended with a dismissal. But during the last few months of 2017 and throughout January 2018, judges have been frequently sending newly convicted PlayPen members to prison.

Many members have received the same sentence that United States District Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington gave to Griffin: five years in prison, followed by a period on the sex offender registry. For the charge Griffin pleaded guilty to, a judge must sentence the defendant to a minimum of five years in prison. Other PlayPen members have received much longer prison sentences.

Although the FBI like to point out that they helped identify 900 suspects when they controlled the child abuse forum. And not every suspect lived in the United States either. In addition to illegally hacking thousands of Tor users in the United States, they hacked hundreds in Austria, Germany, Australia, and other countries. And even though Operation Pacifier ended years ago, defendants in other countries are just now seeing justice as well.

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Personal Data Protection in Russia https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/02/07/personal-data-protection-russia/ https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/02/07/personal-data-protection-russia/#comments Wed, 07 Feb 2018 20:07:44 +0000 https://www.deepdotweb.com/?p=24718 On July 1, 2017 new amendments on personal data came into legal effect in Russian legislation. They dictate new rules on processing and storage personal data, and impose additional requirements on service providers. At the present moment Russian IT infrastructure migrates to cloud storages. As is in European countries this tendency is enforced by legislation, ...

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On July 1, 2017 new amendments on personal data came into legal effect in Russian legislation. They dictate new rules on processing and storage personal data, and impose additional requirements on service providers.

At the present moment Russian IT infrastructure migrates to cloud storages. As is in European countries this tendency is enforced by legislation, specifically Federal Law 152 “Personal Data Protection”. This law prescribes data processing and storage on the territory of Russia. New legislation requirements are subject to: all companies registered in the country, foreign companies having representations and branches in Russia, other foreign companies which activity is connected with the state and covers personal data of Russian citizens.

Personal data is interpreted as “any information which would enable to identify a person, including e-mail address containing surname and company’s name, number of bank account, mobile phone number”. Since the law on “Personal Data Protection” was officially recognized, there were several precedents and the largest of them was the trial conducted against the American social network Linkedln, which led to blocking the resource on the territory of Russia.

Twenty-one European countries have adopted laws obligating companies to store certain information (first of all personal) locally. The basic code CISPE inherently aimed at keeping European data within Europe, however outflow to cloud storages is associated with the requirements for data processing. In Russia the same tendency originates in personal data handling within the country. Information can be processed abroad but it must be collected and kept within the state and service providers are responsible for meeting this requirement.

Foreign companies use work data of Russian citizens to replace physical infrastructure with virtual storage devices to comply with legal requirements. Experts noted that the “cloud storage” market increased multiple times in 2017 and reached $1.6 billion. They offer several options for implementing the work with personal data of Russian users for foreign companies. The first one consists in data transfer to physical or virtual servers located in Russia. Another option involves information entry to a database outside Russia, but in so doing there must be its copy on the territory of the country and servers are to be synchronized in real time.

Another variant is service of hosting personal data. Such service is offered by cloud solutions providers, for example “IT-Grad”. It provides information security and compliance with requirements dictated by the law. A provider guarantees respect for all regulations and donates certified equipment articulated with provisions of the Federal Law.

Foreign companies might consider hosting service to be useful. Yet, this should be interesting also for Russian business communities to get involved. Companies specifically that are starting from small enterprises hosting online shops or marketing research systems and ending with large corporations which should meet not only legislation requirements but also the high level of reliability while processing and storing data. Companies which rely on cloud storage derive benefits, including: well-protected file hosting using certified equipment produced by hardware manufacturing companies (NetApp, Cisco, IBM and others) and use of software-hardware complex of encryption. Furthermore, in this case the procedure of bringing infrastructure into line with the Federal Law 152 requirements is simplified which results in reducing legal risks.

In addition to obligations imposed on a cloud service provider, legislative acts include duties which must be fulfilled by a customer. In particular, the Government’s Decree № 1119 obligates operators of databases to evaluate types of actual threats, to implement a certain level of information protection and to choose means of data protection. Now there are three types or levels of actual threats.

In addition to the abovementioned, the Federal Law on “Personal data protection” enhances rights of the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media. It has the right to limit access to information, which is processed in violation of the law. For this purpose, the “Register of violators” is maintained and consists of websites which failed to handle information according to the legislation. Control and supervision of data processing is regulated administratively. In addition, the Federation Council has approved changes in the law on databases, in accordance to which rules of state control and supervision over processing personal data will be determined by the Government of the Russian Federation.

Respectful customers strive for using cloud storages lawfully. But this goal can hardly be achieved without cooperation with a law-abiding service provider. Therefore, the tandem of a customer and a provider becomes vital.

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