The Department of Justice filed a civil complaint to forfeit 69,370 Bitcoin linked to the Silk Road. A few days ago, the blockchain analytics firm CipherTrace spotted two transactions sent from Bitcoin addresses associated with the Silk Road marketplace. On November 5, 2020, the U.S. Attorney’s Office Northern District of California announced the filing of a civil complaint to forfeit thousands of Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin Gold, and Bitcoin SV. Law enforcement seized the Bitcoin on November 3.
Someone transferred 69,370 Bitcoins, worth about one billion dollars, from a wallet associated with the Silk Road darkweb marketplace. According to a report from the blockchain intelligence firm CipherTrace, 69,370 Bitcoin from the Silk Road moved on November 3, 2020. The move is the first activity since April 2015. The party responsible for initiating the transfer sent the Bitcoins via the following transactions: 0d13a52e3b640d05cdf31b41f335b327f126cb79d9eec1e2bc46556ef30a0b57 3f036ff88bb851b57a1e28780dbce35a6457a8b57995c095b55b3b0cf48ba9fd The coins moved from the address 1HQ3Go3ggs8pFnXuHVHRytPCq5fGG8Hbhx to the address bc1qa5wkgaew2dkv56kfvj49j0av5nml45x9ek9hz6 in two transactions.
Darknet drug markets are partially responsible for record high drug seizures at the Australian border, according to a report by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission. Earlier this month, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission released their 2018 to 2019 Illicit Drug Data Report. In it, they highlighted a number of trends among drug users in Australia. Australians set new records in the period covered in the ACIC’s report, including: 5.1 tonnes of amphetamine type stimulants (excluding MDMA) detected at the Australian border; 5,378 national cocaine seizures; 5,016 national cocaine arrests; 1,029 national hallucinogen arrests; 1,363 anesthetic detections at the Australian border.
U.S. District Judge Michael Truncale sentenced a Texas man to 480 months in federal prison on child exploitation charges related to a post on an undisclosed onion service. Alexander Nathan Barter, 23, of Joaquin, Texas, was arrested in 2018 after he had posted on an undisclosed site on the darkweb about wanting to try to kill and eat t human. “I’d like to try necrophilia and cannibalism, and see how it feels to take a life.
A woman from Fallon, Nevada, allegedly tried to hire a hitman on the darkweb to kill her ex-husband. A jury indicted Kristy Lynn Felkins, 36, of Fallon, Nevada, for a single count of Using Interstate Commerce Facilities in the Commission of Murder-for-Hire. Court documents indicate that Felkins had attempted to hire a hitman through a darkweb murder-for-hire site. As many readers of this site will know, all documented onion services offering murder-for-hire services are scams.
A Pennsylvania man allegedly purchased methamphetamine on the darkweb to resell locally, according to a recent announcement from United States Attorney Scott W. Brady. A federal grand jury in Erie, Pennsylvania, indicted Michael Carter Anderson, 42, of Kane, Pennsylvania, on a single count of a federal drug law violation. According to the indictment, Anderson committed one count of attempting to possess with intent to distribute more than fifty grams of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine.
Michael Weigand, 56, of Kirtland, Ohio, pleaded guilty to one count of making false statements to federal law enforcement about his role in the Silk Road darkweb market. Weigand essentially lied about being “~Shabang~,” aka “Shabang,” a/k/a “~s,” a/k/a “s.” According to Audrey Strauss, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Weigand helped the Silk Road administration by “identifying technological vulnerabilities in the site, supplying technological advice directly to Silk Road’s leadership, and travelling overseas to remove Silk Road evidence from a co-conspirator’s residence.
Darkweb marketplaces are not lawless bazaars without codes of conduct. The majority allow the sale of an assortment of drugs, software, and fraud-related services. Murder-for-hire services, weapons, and content depicting child abuse are prohibited on almost every market. White House Market White House Market, under their User Guide, says that the following listings are unacceptable: No child or animal pornography. No murder for hire. No human or animal exploitation/abuse. No terrorism related products, services, or propaganda.
A judge sentenced a California man to three years and six months in prison for attempting to buy poison on the darkweb. According to court records, Steve S. Kim, 41, of La Crescenta, California, had attempted to purchase ricin and cyanide from a vendor on the darkweb in late 2018. The vendor—an undercover law enforcement officer working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation—agreed to sell Kim an undisclosed amount of ricin.