Two Dealers Busted in Austria After Package Interception

Two Dealers Busted in Austria After Package Interception

The National Police Directorate in Tyrol (LPD Tirol) announced the completion of an investigation into two teenage drug dealers. According to the Innsbruck prosecutor, the duo had imported drugs from Germany—through a darknet vendor—into the Austrian state of Tyrol. Police seized more than $27,000 worth of various illegal substances during a raid at one of the suspect’s houses. German authorities opened the investigation in the summer of 2017 when the customs office in Frankfurt, Germany,…

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Bitcoin News Roundup 31.12.17

Bitcoin News Roundup 31.12.17

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Bitcoin exchange executive kidnapped, found alive and safe three days later According to various reports, a 40-year-old analyst at cryptocurrency exchange EXMO, Pavel Lerner, was dragged into a black Mercedes-Benz by men wearing dark clothes and balaclavas in Kiev, Ukraine, after leaving his company’s offices on December 26. At the time it was revealed the exchange was doing everything it could to help find…

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Secrecy of communication is violated 435 thousand times in Russia

Secrecy of communication is violated 435 thousand times in Russia

According to the data provided by the judicial department of the Supreme Court of Russia, legal enforcement agencies have submitted 436,800 petitions for breaching the confidentiality of correspondence in 2017. 99.68% of them were upheld. It is important to understand that LEAs tracked messages and intercepted phone calls in the course of so called “investigating activities.” In these cases, officers obviously violated the 23rd Article of the Constitution, which states that “everyone has the right…

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An Overview of the Current Status of Linux’s Hyperledger Project

An Overview of the Current Status of Linux’s Hyperledger Project

The Hyperledger project represents an initiative that was launched by the Linux Foundation in December 2015 to build an open source platform for the development of blockchains. The Hyperledger aims at establishing a proficient ecosystem throughout which coders and entrepreneurs can meet up and collaborate to build blockchains. So, Hyperledger is not a cryptocurrency; instead, it is a specialized hub for blockchain projects that facilitates not only the development, but also the commercialization of enterprise-grade…

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Luxembourg Pedophile Downloaded 3,900 Illegal Pictures

Luxembourg Pedophile Downloaded 3,900 Illegal Pictures

On December 13, a Luxembourg court convicted a 33-year-old man of possession of child pornography and for distribution of child pornography. He had downloaded the illegal pictures and videos from sources on both the clearnet and darknet while going through a so-called “depressive” phase. The investigators focused on episodes in 2012, 2013, and 2015. At a previous hearing, the lead detective who had worked on the case explained that authorities in Germany made the initial…

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Queensland Man Sentenced to Four Years for Drug Importation

Queensland Man Sentenced to Four Years for Drug Importation

In September 2016, Australia’s Townsville Drug Squad arrested a 17-year-old Lachlan Thomas Weirick for the suspected importation of large quantities of drugs from darknet market vendors. During execution of the search warrant at the man’s house, Townsville police reportedly found more than $60,000 worth of various illegal substances. Roughly 15 months later, at the Supreme Court hearing in Townsville, Justice David North sentenced the man to four years in prison. Since the defendant had already…

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Op-Ed: PENISSMITH’s STATE of the DARKNET

Op-Ed: PENISSMITH’s STATE of the DARKNET

PGP Signature from the author: —–BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE—– Hash: SHA256 Penissmith pgp verification signature, should only be assumed valid on 12/28/2017 In Russia drugs have not risen in price for more than 20 years —–BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE—– iQEzBAEBCAAdFiEEk1mhxKhryzgTYlBDyN0VyaJVrfMFAlpFDQ4ACgkQyN0VyaJV rfPGNAf/YWz36643n4oN25224r78sL/qaNheX3saiX3pB5gol2pPIYZmmfERV2bW uFYilEj5qDkpItN8prb36OkI7e6uUX2Cw0aCGBfVIdTzUso5RuhAEVv/9je0AzXE DCta5gmPq2enaFJLAYF3XrI5S2YqB8y2lGBJ2dy+omwJx7gnGdaOw8JSr2mPnpo/ Ofhm5UvdHa+PRSCadizpfzJ/hy4+EQgNqKXWiI1MRbwdf8jIY+w9IAsEIJJ5Lcd/ FSqXAKayx7rW0wo07qZnHP2n3mqT/4mQO1jGpSaVUCfWe4WQyDbB8BwwHENu/P+6 mHA8vt0ZyLuxlKVgc1s6oxIQJJUQ/g== =KVzQ —–END PGP SIGNATURE—– Hello everyone. My name is Penissmith, and this is my second article for deepdotweb. I have been around darknet marketplaces for the last 5 years. It’s…

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Oregon PlayPen Member Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison

Oregon PlayPen Member Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison

A federal judge sentenced 44-year-old Thomas Gene Duncan to 25 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release. Duncan had spent almost 100 hours on a darknet child abuse forum called “PlayPen.” When the FBI raided his Gresham home in October, 2015, they found 120 videos and 4,000 pictures downloaded from numerous child abuse sites, including PlayPen. They also found explicit photos of his fiancée’s 12-year-old daughter. Duncan pleaded guilty on August 29, 2017,…

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Suspect Calls ‘Black Death’ Kidnapping a Publicity Stunt

Suspect Calls ‘Black Death’ Kidnapping a Publicity Stunt

Lukasz Herba, the Polish man accused of kidnapping an Instagram ‘model’ to auction on the darknet, told officials that the model had planned the so-called “kidnapping” to further her career. The model, Chloe Ayling, had accused Herba and his brother of luring her to a fake photoshoot in Milan, kidnapping her, and attempting to auction her on the darknet several months ago. She immediately faced skepticism for the inconsistencies in her story. Even Ms. Alyling’s…

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Member of Connecticut Opioid Ring Sentenced to 10 Years

Member of Connecticut Opioid Ring Sentenced to 10 Years

A Connecticut man will spend 10 years in prison for participating in a fentanyl distribution conspiracy. The dealer, 32-year-old Jared McBriarty of Bristol, Connecticut, worked with at least two other Connecticut men to import fentanyl, ecstasy, and alprazolam from a darknet vendor in China, court officials said. He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and one count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl in April. The DEA started investigating a…

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