Hugh Brian Haney, according to a criminal complaint unsealed on July 18, sold oxycodone and other substances on the Silk Road marketplace in 2011 and 2012. When Haney attempted to cash out $19 million in bitcoin through an exchange, the exchange froze his account. The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated and identified the Silk Road as the source of Haney’s bitcoin.
San Diego Man Admits Selling Fentanyl as "TheDrugLlama" on Dream Market
One of the two co-conspirators accused of operating the darkweb market vendor account “TheDrugLlama” admitted distributing fentanyl, selling midbranded drugs, and other charges related to the drug distribution conspiracy. His co-defendant pleaded not guilty and will face a jury trial in August.
Market Update: Nightmare Market Removes Payment ID for Monero Transactions
Users of Nightmare Market logged who recently logged into the market may have noticed a lengthy message in their list of notifications. The message, an official one from the Nightmare staff, highlighted the changes made to the market’s Monero payment system and other overall improvements.
PSA: Dread is Back Online
In a post on the /r/DreadAlert subreddit, HugBunter announced that users could access Dread once again after several days of downtime. The developer explained that his protections had successfully dampened the impact of the ongoing attacks against his server.
Counterfeit Oxycodone Vendor "Killwill" Arrested in Massachusetts
Anthony Stokes, a Massachusetts man accused of distributing counterfeit oxycodone pills, sold the counterfeits through the darkweb under the identities “Killwill” and Killwill2,” a source told darknetlive.
German Authorities Arrest 11 in Chemical Revolution Takedown
A press release from the Federal Criminal Police Office revealed that German law enforcement had seized “Chemical Revolution,” the largest private vendor shop in Germany. During the operation, law enforcement arrested 11 suspects for drug trafficking and related crimes.
PSA: Empire Market is Back Online
Empire Market temporarily dropped offline on June 28. People spreading phishing links on Reddit and other forums made a lot of money. The unexpected downtime had some of the most reliable sources questioning the status of the market. This is simply a public service announcement that Empire Market is back online and that dark.fail has working mirrors.
HugBunter: Dread and Darknet Avengers Targeted by DOS Attack
HugBunter, the creator of the darkweb discussion forum Dread, posted an announcement on the subreddit used to send alerts concerning Dread uptime. An attacker is exploiting a vulnerability in tor that has “no clear resolution,” the developer wrote in the update. There is no clear resolution in sight.
Nightmare Market is Cracking Down on Vendors Selling Fentanyl
Nightmare Market has reported an increase in the number of vendors engaging in activities prohibited by the market, such as creating listings for fentanyl or fentanyl analogues or requiring buyers to finalize early without permission from the market. To increase the safety of their customers, Nightmare Market will be banning vendors selling fentanyl and giving other one warning to vendors in violation of the market’s other rules.
Former Alphabay Moderator "Penissmith" Catches RICO Charges
A recently unsealed indictment accused Bryan Connor Herrell of conspiring to engage in a racketeer influenced corrupt organization in connection with iconic Alphabay market. According to the indictment, Herrell worked as the Alphabay moderator under the usernames “Penissmith” and “Botah.”