Pedophile “Stumbled” onto Child Porn Site while Searching for Drugs

Pedophile “Stumbled” onto Child Porn Site while Searching for Drugs

At Teesside Magistrates’ Court, Tony Martin Douglas Croes, 26, argued that he had not intentionally accessed the darknet in search of child abuse images. He said that he had not downloaded the illegal pictures found on his computer. Instead, Croes had accessed the darknet in search of illegal substances. Somehow, he “stumbled” onto a website that offered child abuse content. According to prosecutor Rachael Dodsworth, the 26-year-old defendant had downloaded more than 100 illegal pictures…

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Three Students Arrested for Dark Web Drug Trafficking

Three Students Arrested for Dark Web Drug Trafficking

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) of India expressed through its annual report of 2017 the need to monitor the dark web due to its increased use in drug trafficking while using bitcoin as the currency of choice. The report indicated the fact that darknet users have no direct contact with vendors and law enforcement, as the biggest reason more Indians started using the dark web to acquire drugs. The report stated that law enforcement agencies…

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35 arrested in dark web illegal drugs and arms sweep

35 arrested in dark web illegal drugs and arms sweep

Over 35 dark web drugs and arms dealers have been arrested in a nation-wide bust by a joint operation between the US Department of Justice, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Secret Service (USSS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Postal Inspection Service (USPIS). This bust was the first nation-wide undercover operation to sweep dark web drug dealers. Law enforcement agents disguised themselves as money launderers on various dark web marketplaces,…

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US House of Representatives Passes Bill Against Illegal Use of Cryptocurrencies.

US House of Representatives Passes Bill Against Illegal Use of Cryptocurrencies.

The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill intended to help prevent the illegal use of cryptocurrencies. The bill is meant to stop the use of cryptocurrencies including bitcoin, monero, dash, and Zcash, in online markets to carry out illegal activities such as drug and sex trafficking. Currently, the biggest dark web marketplaces support the use of more than one of these cryptocurrencies. Dream Market, for example, supports the use of Bitcoin and Bitcoin…

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Ironic murder of a Japanese cyber crime expert and blogger

Ironic murder of a Japanese cyber crime expert and blogger

A Japanese cyber crime expert and blogger was found stabbed in a restroom and pronounced dead at the hospital shortly after. This shocking murder of Kenichiro Okamoto, by an online user with whom he had an online feud is taking the news world by storm. In an ironic revelation, he was attacked shortly after delivering a speech at a conference on ‘bickering on the internet and how to handle them.’ Giving personal experiences from social…

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‘JCC hoax bomber’ Convicted in Serial Bomb Threat Case

‘JCC hoax bomber’ Convicted in Serial Bomb Threat Case

At the Tel Aviv District Court, the 19-year-old responsible for sending more than 2,000 bomb threats to public buildings and institutions was convicted so far only for his numerous crimes committed as an adult. As the Jerusalem Post reported, the courts have not yet taken any action concerning the crimes committed as a minor. According to documents from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, the 19-year-old has been making similar calls since the year 2014…

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Man Sentenced for Sharing Child Abuse Pictures with a Friend

Man Sentenced for Sharing Child Abuse Pictures with a Friend

Several weeks ago, a judge at Caernarfon Crown Court sentenced a “persistent sex offender” to 12 months in prison for possessing and sharing child abuse images. After the man, Nicholas Charles Walker turned himself into the police, he named Richard James Eckl as the supplier of the images found on the USB drives at his house. In turn, police in Manchester searched Eckl’s house and computer for evidence that Walker had been telling them the…

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Supreme Court Refuses to Review Ross Ulbricht’s Case

Supreme Court Refuses to Review Ross Ulbricht’s Case

In December of last year, the attorneys for Ross Ulbricht, the convicted creator of the original Silk Road darknet, had asked the Supreme Court of the United States to review Ulbricht’s case in a petition for a writ of certiorari they filed with the high court. But prior to the end of the Supreme Court’s term for this year, the court denied Ulbricht’s petition and refused to hear the case. Ulbricht’s legal team was challenging…

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Life Changing ‘Near Death Experience’ Saved a Drug Buyer from Prison

Life Changing ‘Near Death Experience’ Saved a Drug Buyer from Prison

Judge Robert Pawson, at a sentencing hearing in Swindon Crown Court, sentenced a heavy user of ecstasy to nothing but a suspended sentence after hearing how a near death experience had changed the (now former) drug user’s outlook on life. Steven Hancock, 46, frequently purchased ecstasy pills on the darknet throughout 2017 and perhaps even earlier than 2017. He told the court that he heavily used both ecstasy and marijuana. The man explained that sometimes…

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Raleigh: Three Brothers Charged for Manufacturing and Distributing Xanax

Raleigh: Three Brothers Charged for Manufacturing and Distributing Xanax

Not long after the news about a darknet dealer from Raleigh had left the news cycle, Raleigh police revealed that yet another drug bust had connections to the darknet. And not only connections to the darknet, but to darknet Xanax dealers specifically. Not even one month prior to announcement about three more Xanax dealers in the same city, a North Carolina judge sentenced Matthew Yensan, a 23-year-old man from Raleigh, North Carolina, to prison for…

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