ProtonMail, “the world’s largest secure email provider,” recently updated their transparency report to include some of the latest requests for information from law enforcement across the world. The company also added a statement about complying with court orders prior to officially receiving said orders. This concerned some members of privacy communities on Reddit.
Nurse Gets 12 Years in Prison in Darkweb Murder for Hire Case
Tina Jones, a nurse from Des Plaines, pleaded guilty to paying $12,000 in Bitcoin to a murder-for-hire site on the darkweb in an attempt to kill the wife of her lover. In response to the guilty plea, the court sentenced Jones to 12 years in prison and immediately placed her in custody to begin serving the sentence.
Update: Silk Road 3.1 Admins in Dispute Over Alleged Exit Scam
One Silk Road 3.1 admin claimed the other admins had stolen user funds in an exit scam. Another Silk Road 3.1 admin chimed in and claimed that the exit scam rumors were false. The truth is more complicated than it seems.
Four Sentenced for Operating Alphabay, Dream, and Hansa Vendor Accounts
A court in Phoenix, Arizona, sentenced four defendants to varying prison sentences for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and conspiracy to launder proceeds from drug distribution. They operated the vendor account “Iceman21” on several darkweb marketplaces, including Alphabay, Dream, and Hansa Market.
Counterfeit Oxycodone Vendor "OxyGod" Sentenced to 17 Years in Prison
A 22-year-old Santa Ana man was sentenced to more than 17 years in federal prison for selling counterfeit oxycodone pills on the darkweb under the username “OxyGod” as well as money laundering and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The defendant and two co-conspirators ran a massive drug distribution operation out of an apartment in Newport Beach, California, prosecutors said.
Federal Court Overturns Verdict in "finestdrugs.to" Case
A Federal Court in Germany overturned a verdict in the case against a drug vendor with shops on the clearnet and darkweb. Due to procedural errors made during the original trial, the defendant could have his sentence of ten years in prison reduced significantly, depending on the outcome of the new trial.
California Man Admits Drug Trafficking and Using a Bitcoin ATM to Launder Money
Kunal Kalra, 25, agreed to plead guilt to federal charges stemming from his money laundering business and drug trafficking operation. He admitted exchanging up to $25 million in cryptocurrency and cash from darkweb drug traffickers and others looking to launder money. Kalra allowed his customers to use his Bitcoin ATM kiosk.
Here are the Top Markets Based on Search Results
Although many readers–perhaps the majority of them–visit this site directly, some of them find the site through search engines. A staggering number of users find Darknetlive through relevant Google searches. The searches reveal interesting patterns in the behavior of darkweb users. For instance, even though Nightmare Market exit scammed a month ago, there are more searches for the market than for any other market within the last 28 days.
White House Targets Cryptocurrencies and Darkweb Markets in Fentanyl Advisory
The White House announced actions to crack down on fentanyl trafficking in the United States through recent private-sector advisories addressed to domestic and foreign businesses in the private sector. The announcement and advisories specifically highlight the role played by both darkweb marketplaces and cryptocurrencies in the international opioid trafficking arena.
NY Woman Admits Hiring a Hitman on the Darkweb to Cripple Her Ex-Boyfriend
Yanyan Lesser pleaded guilty in a New York federal court to attempting to hire a hitman over the darkweb to put her ex-boyfriend in a wheelchair. According to information revealed in court, Lesser had paid the fake “murder-for-hire” site $7,000 in Bitcoin before Homeland Security Investigations Received a tip and launched an investigation into the Lesser.