The administrator of the German darkweb forum Deutschland im Deep Web (DIDW) was sentenced at the district court of Karlsruhe to six years in prison for crimes linked to the forum and to the 2016 Munich shooting. Federal Court rejected the convicted forum administrator’s appeal and finalized the sentence.
Alaska Man Admits Illegally Selling Firearms Online
Ben Handley, a 25-year-old from Homer, Alaska, admitted selling illegally modified Glocks over the internet, according to a recently submitted plea agreement. The government accused him of using the darkweb and “darkweb email addresses” to ship all least 12 illegally modified firearms to one or more customers in the United States.
Austrian Police Bust a Dealer After Intercepting a Pack of Amphetamine
A 25-year-old living in Vienna allegedly made regular purchases on the darkweb and resold the drugs to local customers. After German law enforcement intercepted a package containing 130 grams of amphetamine, Austrian police raided the suspect’s house, interrupting a drug deal.
Updated Phishing Warning from Empire Market
Empire Market staff member Se7en posted an updated warning about phishing links amidst the ongoing battle between the marketplace and scammers stealing thousands of dollars from users by spreading malicious links. The links, as noted in previous warnings, send unsuspecting users to a phishing proxy that looks and acts like the real market.
Guilty Verdict Rendered in SLO Murder-for-Hire Case
A San Luis Obispo County jury found Beau Evan Brigham guilty of one count of solicitation of murder for hire. Brigham, the 33-year-old defendant, had asked a fake hitman on the darkweb to kill his step-mother.
German Police Seize Another Darknet Child Abuse Site
German law enforcement, assisted by Eurojust and other law enforcement agencies, seized Chatstep clone, an uncensored chatroom filled with child abuse material. Many of the hidden service’s “anonymous” users were identified during the investigation, authorities revealed.
Alphabay Vendor "Amsterdoomed" Faces Four Years in Prison
A part-time taxi driver in the Netherlands faces up to four years in prison for selling drugs and firearms on Alphabay and other darkweb marketplaces. Officials revealed in court that the man had sold marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, and nine firearms. The vendor argued that he had never filled an order and had simply scammed his customers.
Market Update: Apollon Market Adds Monero Support
Apollon Market, the market recently featured in various media outlets as the darkweb market with the hacked StockX database, announced that buyers and sellers could now use Monero in addition to Bitcoin when conducting business on the platform. Markets are shifting towards Monero adoption as a result of law enforcement’s ability to investigate and identify the some darkweb vendors through the Bitcoin blockchain.
Dream Vendor "BestBuyMeds" Pleads Guilty to Travel Act Violations
A Merced, California, couple admitted selling cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana through the darkweb. The couple pleaded guilty to a violation of the Travel Act, using the mail and internet to distribute controlled substances, according to the United States Attorney’s Office.
12 Suspects Charged for Drug Trafficking in "BigActionMan50" Case
At a district court in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, twelve suspects are facing charges for operating a massive drug trafficking network through the darkweb, according to a spokesperson. The 12 suspects, along with as many as eight unidentified co-conspirators, allegedly sold more than one million euros worth of marijuana through Dream Market and other darkweb markets.