Deep Dot Web https://www.deepdotweb.com Surfacing The News From The DeepWeb Sun, 10 Dec 2017 12:14:07 -0200 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.4 Bitcoin news roundup, December 10, 2017 https://www.deepdotweb.com/2017/12/10/bitcoin-news-roundup-december-10-2017/ https://www.deepdotweb.com/2017/12/10/bitcoin-news-roundup-december-10-2017/#respond Sun, 10 Dec 2017 12:14:07 +0000 https://www.deepdotweb.com/?p=23851 This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: CBOE to launch Bitcoin futures on December 10 Last week, DeepDotWeb reported on the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) receiving approval from the U.S: Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to trade Bitcoin futures on its platform. At the time, the date in which the ...

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This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments:

New developments:

CBOE to launch Bitcoin futures on December 10

Last week, DeepDotWeb reported on the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) receiving approval from the U.S: Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to trade Bitcoin futures on its platform. At the time, the date in which the regulated exchange would list Bitcoin futures contracts was yet to be announced. According to Bloomberg, Bitcoin futures contracts trading will start on December 10, giving CBOE a week of exclusivity, and stealing thunder from CME, which is set to list Bitcoin futures on December 18. CBOE’s contracts will be cash-settled, and their price will be based on the daily auction price from New-York based cryptocurrency exchange Gemini. Although Bitcoin futures aren’t yet live, the exchange, according to Business Insider, is already hinting at launching Bitcoin Cash and Ether futures contracts.

The Winklevoss twins are now the first verified Bitcoin billionaires

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, also known as the Winklevoss twins, are the first verified Bitcoin billionaires. The twins, famously known for suing Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg after claiming he stole them his Facebook idea, invested $11 million in Bitcoin in 2013, and as such are estimated to hold 100,000 Bitcoins, according to UK-based publication City AM. At today’s rates, 100,000 Bitcoins equal $1.5 billion. Back in 2015, Tyler Winklevoss stated: “If Bitcoin is a better gold or seen as a type of gold-like asset, then it could be in the trillions on a market cap.” The Winklevoss twins have, over the years, emphasized their belief in Bitcoin as a store of value, with one of their most successful projects being Gemini, a regulated U.S.-based Bitcoin exchange that recently partnered with the Chicago Board Options Exchange to list Bitcoin futures.

There are other Bitcoin wallets with over $1 billion worth of the flagship cryptocurrency in them, but their owners aren’t verified. One of those wallets is that of Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto, who mined his coins back in 2009, but hasn’t touched them for nearly eight years.

Cryptocurrency mining marketplace NiceHash hacked, about 4,700 BTC stolen

Slovenia-based cryptocurrency mining marketplace NiceHash was recently hacked, and about 4,700 BTC were stolen, at press time worth about $71 billion. The attack forced the company to shut its website down for 24 hours, as its system was compromised and its wallets were emptied. In a Facebook livestream, CEO Marko Kobal and co-founder Sasa Coh made it clear NiceHash didn’t abandon its users, despite some pointing out it could all have been an inside job.

The company, which according to the founders has paid out over a billion dollars to miners since it launched, stated that a hacker or group of hackers accessed an employee’s PC with an IP outside of Europe. Through that access, the hacker(s) managed to obtain a NiceHash engineer’s credentials, which were then used to steal the funds. Per the founders, its success made it a target of the “highly sophisticated attack.” Kobal and Soh added that forensic analysis involving local and international authorities was taking place, but didn’t reveal which agencies were involved.

Gaming platform Steam no longer accepts Bitcoin payments

Steam, Valve’s gaming and digital distribution platform, recently announced it will no longer accept Bitcoin payments due to the cryptocurrency’s high fees and volatility. According to the company’s blog post, players who wish to pay with Bitcoin have to pay premiums for games due to the cryptocurrency’s fees, and its volatility often makes it so that the amount of Bitcoin they ask for games varies in short periods of time. This leads to either the issuance of refunds, or to the customer being required to send more Bitcoin to the company – these additional transactions incur more costly fees. The announcement reads:

  • “Historically, the value of Bitcoin has been volatile, but the degree of volatility has become extreme in the last few months, losing as much as 25% in value over a period of days. This creates a problem for customers trying to purchase games with Bitcoin (..) At this point, it has become untenable to support Bitcoin as a payment option. We may re-evaluate whether Bitcoin makes sense for us and for the Steam community at a later date.”

Steam began accepting Bitcoin payments back in 2016, when the cryptocurrency was trading at around $450. In response to the announcement, users started pointing out other cryptocurrencies, like Dash, Litecoin, and Bitcoin Cash, aren’t dealing with the problems Bitcoin is currently dealing with, and suggested the company started accepting payments in these cryptocurrencies.

World affairs:

Venezuela announces the “Petro”, a commodity-backed cryptocurrency

According to Reuters, Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro recently announced the creation of a new cryptocurrency, the “petro,” set to be backed by commodity reserves, including diamonds, gold, and oil. The Venezuelan leader claims the petro will help “overcome the financial blockade and thus move towards new forms of international financing for the economic and social development of the country.” Venezuela’s economy has been ravaged by government failures and hyperinflation, and people in the country now lack basic supplies. According to opposition leaders, the petro isn’t going to solve the country’s problems and may not even see the light of day, taking into account the country’s current situation.

Some went as far as state that Maduro refused to overhaul Venezuela’s controls, effectively worsening the economic crisis in the country. Now, economists and opposition leaders claim the president’s plan is to pay foreign creditors in the cryptocurrency. Maduro, however, sees petro a fight against what he claims to be a Washington-backed conspiracy to sabotage his government, and put an end to socialism in the region.

Reports suggest Indonesian Central Bank will ban Bitcoin in 2018

Bank Indonesia (BI) is reportedly planning regulations that will completely ban cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin in the country, according to local publication Pikiran Rakyat. Agus Martowardojo, the central bank’s governor, said people will no longer be allowed to trade or transact in cryptocurrencies, in a move that’s said to be required to maintain the sovereignty of the country’s fiat currency, the rupiah. According to the official, cryptocurrencies are potentially used for money laundering and terrorism financing. He added:

  • “We [will] also prevent arbitrage opportunities, unhealthy business practices and business controls by parties outside the legal reach of Indonesia’s laws that could damage the structure of industries here.”

Per CryptoCoinsNews, Martowardojo’s remarks come days after Indonesia’s financial regulator urged retail investors to stay away from cryptocurrencies. The new rules, set to come out in 2018, will also affect FinTech companies and startups.

Finacial:

Bitcoin hit a new all-time high above $18,200

According to data from CoinMarketCap, Bitcoin recently hit a new all-time high above $18,200. At press time, the cryptocurrency is currently trading at $15,305.10 as a minor correction set in, and has a market cap of $256.05 billion. The cryptocurrency ecosystem’s market cap is currently at $424 billion, meaning Bitcoin’s dominance is currently at 60.4%. Bitcoin’s price is expected to be affected by the influx of institutional investors when Bitcoin futures contracts are live on CBOE, CME, and on Nasdaq.

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10.12.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup https://www.deepdotweb.com/2017/12/10/10-12-17-dark-web-cybercrime-roundup/ https://www.deepdotweb.com/2017/12/10/10-12-17-dark-web-cybercrime-roundup/#respond Sun, 10 Dec 2017 04:13:31 +0000 https://www.deepdotweb.com/?p=23845 Chemical Love Conspirator Sentenced to Three Years in Prison Chemical Love: Nicholas Kelsch ran Chemical Love, a massive darknet drug shop/online drug trafficking organization. German authorities rounded up Nicholas aka z100 and four co-conspirators in 2016. As of late December 2017, four of the five Chemical Love drug traffickers received sentences. A German court finally ...

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Chemical Love Conspirator Sentenced to Three Years in Prison

Chemical Love: Nicholas Kelsch ran Chemical Love, a massive darknet drug shop/online drug trafficking organization. German authorities rounded up Nicholas aka z100 and four co-conspirators in 2016. As of late December 2017, four of the five Chemical Love drug traffickers received sentences. A German court finally managed to sentence the fourth co-conspirator, former VfB Stuttgart professional football player Walter Kelsch. He received three years in prison for his role in the drug trafficking organization.

Walter Kelsch is also the father of the Chemical Love leader, Nicholas. German authorities charged the senior Kelsch for aiding Nicholas traffic drugs out of the Netherlands on less than five occasions. Prosecutors alleged that Kelsch helped his son traffic amphetamines from the Netherlands between 2014 and 2015. Chemical Love sold massive quantities of almost every mainstream drug, but amphetamine may have been the hottest selling product. When authorities raided their headquarters, Chemical Love had a stash of 45 kilograms of the drug. Stuttgarter Zeitung, DeepDotWeb

Dream Vendor Mrdrogenkommandant Busted in Germany

The Federal Criminal Police Office announced the arrest of a vendor they referred to as a “top vendor” on both Dream market and Hansa market. Investigators discovered that the vendor, a 29-year-old German who lived in the Netherlands, made daily trips into Germany to drop packages off at postal stations. On the darknet, the man went by “mrdrogenkommandant” and “drogenfahndung.” The investigation into mrdrogenkommandant stated in August 2017 and only ran through mid November. The BKA waited another 16 days before announcing the bust.

Mrdrogenkommandant had several associates that German authorities wanted to catch before they disappeared. Taking down the drug trafficking organization, according to the BKA, could put a dent in illegal drug trafficking in Germany. Working with the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Coburg and the Central Office for the Suppression of Cybercrime (ZIT), the BKA learned mrdrogenkommandant’s routine and waited for him in North Rhine-Westphalia. They caught him with 34 packages. German law enforcement also coordinated the operation with law enforcement in other countries; as soon as the BKA had caught the vendor, Netherlands authorities raided the houses associated with his operation.

During the house searches, the Netherlands police seized 75 kilograms of drugs, including amphetamine, cocaine, ecstasy, and heroin. They also found €400,000 cash. German authorities have identified dozens of buyers. They have arrested several in connection with the bust. In a statement on Facebook, the BKA said that they would be pursuing a list of mrdrogenkommandant’s suspected customers. DeepDotWeb

Grams Admin Announces Shutdown of All Grams Services

In a post on /u/darknetmarkets, the owner and creator of “the Google of the darknet” announced that he would shut grams down on 16-12-2017. “I write to you all today with heavy heart. I have decided to take down Grams and all its’ services one week from now,” he wrote. He added that Helix Light users will have one week to withdraw their funds. Any BTC still sitting in Helix wallets will be donated to worthy sites.

Grams played an integral role in the workflow of many darknet users. The Grams admin created a Grams api that markets could implement if they wanted Grams to scrape vendor information, ratings, listings, etc. Grams Infodesk allows reverse PGP key searches to find vendors with the same PGP key using different usernames on numerous markets. Without the search, simple things like spotting the Dream vendor accounts that the Dutch National Police had compromised could possibly have gone unnoticed. /r/darknetmarkets

Napoli Group Counterfeit Vendor Sentenced to House Arrest

In 2016, Europol helped coordinate an international investigation into a counterfeiting ring called the “Napoli Group.” The Napoli Group sold very high quality counterfeit Euros for years in Spain and Italy. They sold counterfeit notes on and off the darknet. One of the men accused of being a leader of a Napoli Group operation in Italy, Carmine Guerriero, also operated the Napoli Group vendor accounts on some of the mainstream darknet markets. Many of Guerriero’s family members went down for their involvement in the organization too. They have all been sentenced and many have completed their sentences. Guerriero just received his: five years under house arrest—away from his family home.

The separation from his residence in Castellammare may be connected to the role his mother, sister, and cousin played in the counterfeit trafficking ring. Prosecutors accused Guerriero of running the ring out of the home and involving his family. Guerriero managed the darknet vendor profiles and computer work. His family ran errands and shipped packages. Despite the separation, Guerriero managed to get the sentence encouraged by his lawyers. The prosecution wanted five years in prison. Guerriero wanted five years house arrest. DeepDotWeb

Six Fraudsters Arrested in Darknet Carding Scheme

In July, Tübingen police opened an investigation into a so-called “gang of fraudsters.” The police had spotted a pattern in the Germans who reported that they had been the victim of some form of fraud. This ring of fraudsters allegedly worked in unison to steal the identities of German citizens through malware of some sort. They also paid for stolen identity information on darknet markets. With the stolen identities, the group used stolen bank accounts and credit cards to purchase various pieces of “expensive electronics.”

They then resold the stolen merchandise on the internet. German authorities said very about the investigation, even after they had arrested the six suspects. Per usual, the ongoing investigation is likely to blame for the lack of public information. During one of the raids at the house of a suspect, the police found hundreds of grams of marijuana and amphetamine packaged for shipment. The house owner also had “drug trafficking equipment” and likely sold drugs on the internet. The BKA are now investigating the possibility of the entire ring being involved in both drug trafficking and fraud. DeepDotWeb

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Teacher Escapes Jail for Dark Web Child Porn Charges. https://www.deepdotweb.com/2017/12/09/teacher-escapes-jail-dark-web-child-porn-charges/ https://www.deepdotweb.com/2017/12/09/teacher-escapes-jail-dark-web-child-porn-charges/#respond Sat, 09 Dec 2017 20:12:23 +0000 https://www.deepdotweb.com/?p=23837   Despite pleading guilty to a string of child pornography offences, Robert Zitzelsperger, 53, who was a teacher at Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College, will not spend a day behind bars. His offences included, possessing child abuse material and using a carriage service to access child pornography. In Sydney’s District court on November 24, Judge ...

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Despite pleading guilty to a string of child pornography offences, Robert Zitzelsperger, 53, who was a teacher at Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College, will not spend a day behind bars. His offences included, possessing child abuse material and using a carriage service to access child pornography. In Sydney’s District court on November 24, Judge Diana Yehia sentenced the former science teacher, to 18 and 12 months sentences for each charge, to be served by way of an intensive corrections order in the community. He had previously pleaded guilty to both charges.

According to the agreed statement of facts, Australian Federal Police (AFP) raided Zitzelsperger home earlier this year and seized an ASUS laptop that he used to access the dark web and browse child pornography materials from sites such as “Childs Play”. The laptop also contained images of children in pornographic scenes. The officers also found a spiral notebook where Zitzelsperger had recorded usernames and passwords for the sites that he visited.

In an interview with the authorities, Zitzelsperger said he accessed the dark web so as to carry out research on child pornography.

In August, Judge Yehia concluded that imprisonment was an appropriate sentence. She postponed sentencing so that Zitzelsperger would undergo risk assessment to prove if he would serve the sentence in jail. The assessment later proved he could serve the sentence out of jail resulting to the issued sentence. The sentence also requires him to undertake a minimum of 32 hours of community service each month, live in approved locations, and remain under constant supervision.

Through its principal, Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College has verified that Zitzelsperger employment was terminated in June 2016.

Recently, Australian authorities have been going through lots of trouble in their efforts to expose and bring down pedophiles. Task Force Argos, an Australian law enforcement agency that focuses on fighting child exploitation crimes, resulted to hacking so as to unmask the real IP addresses of users of a dark web child porn site called The Love Zone. The task force had been running the site after arresting its Australian administrator. Generally, users connected to the site via Tor making it impossible for the task force to reveal their real locations. However, in retaliation, the task force hacked most of the users in an attempt to expose their real IP address. The site had over 29,000 users.

In its efforts to fight child pornography Task Force Argos once again ran a child porn site for nearly a year. Argos assumed the identity of “Childs Play” operators and maintained the site for 11 consecutive months. Their operation resulted in open investigations of suspected users of the site all over the world. In this operation, the task force had to post pictures of children being abused, showing how far they were willing to go in their fight against child porn.

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Two Finnish Dark Web Drug Dealers Busted and Put in Custody. https://www.deepdotweb.com/2017/12/09/two-finnish-dark-web-drug-dealers-busted-put-custody/ https://www.deepdotweb.com/2017/12/09/two-finnish-dark-web-drug-dealers-busted-put-custody/#respond Sat, 09 Dec 2017 12:12:19 +0000 https://www.deepdotweb.com/?p=23836 According to the Poliisi’s website drugs category, Finland has witnessed a surge in online drug trade. Designer drugs use have alarmingly increased and are viewed as the latest and greatest threat. These drugs are being delivered via the postal system. Customs authorities in Finland have been very instrumental in seizing drug packages ordered from the ...

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According to the Poliisi’s website drugs category, Finland has witnessed a surge in online drug trade. Designer drugs use have alarmingly increased and are viewed as the latest and greatest threat. These drugs are being delivered via the postal system. Customs authorities in Finland have been very instrumental in seizing drug packages ordered from the dark web, they do so by intercepting mailed drug packages. Methamphetamine ranks as the most seized drug in the Finnish drug market. The most common drugs in Finland include, amphetamine, opiates cannabis, ecstasy, cocaine and LSD.

On November 27, police from the Oulu police department and customs authorities disclosed the arrest of two individuals who imported and distributed doping substances, narcotics and snus. Distribution of snus is illegal all over the EU, however its use is legal in Finland. The arrested suspects used the dark web to order and sell acquired drugs all over Finland. They allegedly received and distributed the drugs via the post offices in Oulu and Tornio. According to the authorities the two had succeeded in selling approximately, 50,000 doping tablets, 80,000 narcotics pills and up to 16 liters of doping packaged in ampoules.

According to the police and customs authorities the initial investigation on the two suspects led to the seizure of large quantities of doping substances, snus and narcotics both in the suspects’ residents and intercepted mail packages bearing their addresses. The authorities also seized bitcoins of an estimated value of 40,000 euros and 14,000 euros in cash. The two suspects are still under police custody.

In Finland drug offences which include, manufacturing, growing, smuggling, selling and dealing. These offences attract penalties ranging from a fine to a maximum of 2 years in prison. In cases of aggravated drug offences the punishment ranges from 1 to 10 years in prison. Aggravating drug offences include involvement of drugs considered to be very dangerous; large quantities of drugs; considerable financial profit or participation in a group organized to commit such offences.

Finnish customs have been very active in waging the war against dark web drug dealing activities. In 2016 the Finnish customs carried out an intensive investigation against a major drugs distributor, they intercepted his outgoing mail packages and his incoming supplies. They were able to successfully identify the suspect as Douppikauppa who was then arrested. He was the largest Valhalla vendor in the region at that time. In July this year Douppikauppa was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison.

Finnish customs also contributed immensely in an operation they alleged exposed an online drug trafficking ring in Finland that operated via Valhalla. According to a press release the customs alleged that the vendors distributed their products both in Finland and all over the world. This operation has led to speculations that Valhalla has been compromised.

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Major Dream Vendor Busted in Germany https://www.deepdotweb.com/2017/12/09/major-dream-vendor-busted-germany/ https://www.deepdotweb.com/2017/12/09/major-dream-vendor-busted-germany/#comments Sat, 09 Dec 2017 04:12:17 +0000 https://www.deepdotweb.com/?p=23835   The Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) made yet another significant bust in November. This time, according to the BKA’s press release, German authorities arrested a so-called “top vendor” on both the Hansa and Dream Marketplaces. The vendor, a 29-year-old German National, used the pseudonyms “mrdrogenkommandant” and “drogenfahndung.” BKA investigators, the Central Office for the ...

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The Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) made yet another significant bust in November. This time, according to the BKA’s press release, German authorities arrested a so-called “top vendor” on both the Hansa and Dream Marketplaces. The vendor, a 29-year-old German National, used the pseudonyms “mrdrogenkommandant” and “drogenfahndung.”

BKA investigators, the Central Office for the Suppression of Cybercrime (ZIT), and the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Coburg opened an investigation into mrdrogenkommandant in August 2017. The investigation revealed that the vendor and his numerous associates lived in the Netherlands but made regular—even daily—trips to Germany. Mrdrogenkommandant and his conspirators sold more than enough drugs to warrant trips to various parcel reception stations at the end of every workday. The BKA learned of these daily trips.

Mrdrogenkommandant had last accessed his Dream Market vendor account on November 9, 2017. Although his profile might not reflect it, soon after the 29-year-old vendor disappeared, his impeccable 4.86/5 rating started taking hits. Customers complained that nothing had arrived by the allotted timeframe or that nothing had arrived at all. Days after the arrest, the BKA issued a statement announcing their latest and greatest catch.

On November 9, the vendor arrived in North Rhine-Westphalia with 34 packages. Before he had an opportunity to mail them all, the BKA grabbed him. “Immediately following the arrest,” German authorities wrote, “international law enforcement executed search warrants at the accused’s residential addresses [connected to] drug trafficking in the Netherlands.” Netherlands law enforcement seized more than 75 kilograms of amphetamine, ecstasy, heroin, marijuana, and cocaine. Police also found €400,000 ($477,320).

The Public Prosecutor’s Office of Coburg connected the mrdrogenkommandant bust to dozens of recent darknet arrests in Germany. Many of the vendor’s customers—including one who had picked up a package from the Dream Market vendor on November 8—found themselves in the middle of a massive darknet crackdown by German law enforcement. By the November 9 arrest, the police had arrested six of the dealer’s “top customers.”

According to the press release from earlier this month, the Criminal Police of Coburg identified 12 customers and had arrested two more. Days later, the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Tübingen and the Rottenburg Police Headquarters announced the arrest of another drug dealer. The press release said the dealer had received drugs from a “police-known” and “well-known” suspect. Several more darknet buyers have been busted, often in groups.

The BKA added that they would be working with national and international law enforcement to capture darknet drug suspects.

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Napoli Group Counterfeit Vendor Sentenced to House Arrest https://www.deepdotweb.com/2017/12/08/napoli-group-counterfeit-vendor-sentenced-house-arrest/ https://www.deepdotweb.com/2017/12/08/napoli-group-counterfeit-vendor-sentenced-house-arrest/#respond Fri, 08 Dec 2017 22:33:51 +0000 https://www.deepdotweb.com/?p=23824 Carmine Guerriero, one of the main actors associated with the international counterfeiting ring known as the “Napoli Group,” received a five year sentence for his role in the crime syndicate’s activities. For the widespread distribution of hundreds of thousands of counterfeit Euros, Guerriero will spend five years under house arrest. The Guardia di Finanza arrested ...

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Carmine Guerriero, one of the main actors associated with the international counterfeiting ring known as the “Napoli Group,” received a five year sentence for his role in the crime syndicate’s activities. For the widespread distribution of hundreds of thousands of counterfeit Euros, Guerriero will spend five years under house arrest.

The Guardia di Finanza arrested Guerriero in December 2016. More than a year prior to the arrest, Europol launched an investigation into the counterfeiting ring at a global scale. The international investigation led police forces arresting at least 28 suspects spread throughout several countries. Law enforcement caught 15 suspects in Spain, eight suspects in Italy, four suspects in France, and one in Portugal. The Italian suspects included the recently sentenced Guerriero and many of his family members.

From his residence in Castellammare, Guerriero a/k/a “Monsignor” shipped counterfeit Euro notes to eight or more countries. He managed the syndicate’s orders, market profiles, and distribution logistics. His mother (Carmela Cavallaro), his sister (Filomena Guerriero), and his cousin (Anna Sorrentino) handled the packaging and shipping of the notes, among other duties.

The Napoli Group darknet market vendor account (NapoliGroup) listed various denominations of Euro notes, all at different prices. The prices depended, for the most part, on the quantity of notes ordered. Customers could purchase as few as four notes and as many as Guerriero could provide. He titled one listing on the former Alphabay market “new 20 counterfeit pack for 100x.” That listing for 100 20s, at the time, sold for 0.8 Bitcoin.

As a general rule, the Napoli Group’s notes sold for an average of 30 percent of face value. Authorities speculated that Guerriero had earned more than $700,000 with the above price model. Law enforcement found one of the family’s bank accounts in Malta, but said the vendor primarily kept Bitcoin.

Notes produced by the Napoli Group dominated the counterfeit Euro market for several years. The “brand” became a mark of quality craftsmanship. At some point during the last five years, the group printed and used €300 notes – a denomination never officially produced. Customers also praised the group for their stealthy shipping methods. As seen in some police videos following the group’s arrest, Napoli Group bills shipped inside specialty cut books. Group members cut out the centers of books and Guerriero’s family shipped the notes inside the cutouts.

Nearly the entire family received punishment for involvement in the counterfeit note (and document) distribution. His mother received a suspended sentence of 18 months. Both his sister and cousin received suspended sentences of 27 months. The court fought to send Guerriero to prison for five years, but with the help of his lawyers, the 31-year-old managed to avoid prison by spending the next five years under house arrest.

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Chemical Love Kingpin’s Dad Fights for Acquittal https://www.deepdotweb.com/2017/12/08/chemical-love-kingpins-dad-fights-acquittal/ https://www.deepdotweb.com/2017/12/08/chemical-love-kingpins-dad-fights-acquittal/#comments Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:34:54 +0000 https://www.deepdotweb.com/?p=23823 In 2016, German authorities arrested five men for distributing drugs in the darknet and clearnet under the name “Chemical Love.” A German court announced that one of these men, a former professional football player for VfB Stuttgart, will be sentenced on November 30. The prosecution is asking for four and a half years of incarceration. ...

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In 2016, German authorities arrested five men for distributing drugs in the darknet and clearnet under the name “Chemical Love.” A German court announced that one of these men, a former professional football player for VfB Stuttgart, will be sentenced on November 30. The prosecution is asking for four and a half years of incarceration. Walter Kelsch, the 61-year-old defendant, is pushing for acquittal.

The prosecution accused Kelsch of helping the Chemical Love co-conspirators traffic amphetamines into Germany between 2014 and 2015. When German authorities raided Chemical Love’s so-called “narcotics depot” searched associated properties, they found more than 45 kilograms of amphetamine. But not only amphetamine: they also found more than 4,000 LSD tabs; 4.7 kilograms of MDMA; 1.4 kilograms of cocaine; 230 grams of cocaine; 5.1 kilograms of ecstasy pills.

German authorities found a list of 2,000 customers. And then they used it in widespread raids across Germany. The conspirators sold to so many customers that the authorities called Chemical Love “Germany’s biggest illegal web shop for narcotics.” In Koblenz, the Public Prosecutor’s Office announced that they had launched more than 1,000 investigations concerning the customers of Chemical Love.

Three of the five initial conspirators have already been sentenced. Kelsch’s son “Kelsch Junior” aka “z100” ran the operation and received a 15-year prison sentence. The son described himself on Chemical Love as an “elegant strategist and consistent businessman with a specialty: cocaine and beautiful watches.” Some news outlets reported z100’s arrogant behavior in court. He allegedly refused to release the Bitcoin in his electrum wallet. The leader was also ordered to surrender “millions of euros to the state fund – the presumed proceeds of the drugs in the Internet currency Bitcoins plus the intermediate value increase.” He also surrendered his Maserati to the court.

Two brothers also received prison sentences for their roles. Denis T. (31) and Rene L. (32) each received prison sentences of seven years and three months. Both men played less significant roles in the organization than Kelsch Junior. The court convicted the brothers of drug running for Chemical Love. The two, according to the court “essentially admitted the accusations against them.” They admitted making regular trips to and from the Netherlands, but denied having any knowledge of the criminal purposes of these journeys.

The Stuttgart Public Prosecutor’s Office accused Kelsch (senior) of defrauding his associates in an unrelated business venture. One former partner lost $100,000 and another lost approximately $200,000. His role in Chemical Love was relatively insignificant. He only helped his son traffic amphetamine on three occasions. The prosecution is pushing for four and a half years. Kelsch hopes to be acquitted.

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Interpol and Cisco Team Up to Fight Cybercrime https://www.deepdotweb.com/2017/12/06/interpol-cisco-team-fight-cybercrime/ https://www.deepdotweb.com/2017/12/06/interpol-cisco-team-fight-cybercrime/#comments Wed, 06 Dec 2017 20:04:43 +0000 https://www.deepdotweb.com/?p=23813 On November 20, Cisco and Interpol took a step forward in their battles against cybercrime by forming a partnership that will see them intensify the fight against cybercrime. According to Cisco’s statement the alliance will see the two organizations develop a coordinated and focused approach to data sharing. This not only will allow for quick ...

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On November 20, Cisco and Interpol took a step forward in their battles against cybercrime by forming a partnership that will see them intensify the fight against cybercrime. According to Cisco’s statement the alliance will see the two organizations develop a coordinated and focused approach to data sharing.

This not only will allow for quick threat detection around the world, but also pave the way for potential future collaboration in training and knowledge sharing, the statement added.

“The exchange of information and expertise between the private sectors is vital in combating cybercrime,” said the executive director of Interpol Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI), Noboru Nakatani.

He continued to say that; “Interpol’s agreement with Cisco provides us, and law enforcement in our 192 member countries, with access to important cyber threat information which will help us not only detect attacks but also help prevent them.”

According to Cisco, the agreement with Interpol supports the organization’s programs targeting both “pure cybercrime” and cyber-enabled crimes to assist member countries with identifying cyber-attacks and their perpetrators. Through the Cisco Talos, Cisco’s intelligence group, Cisco said it blocks 19.7 billion threats a day.

“As cybercrime continues to escalate around the world, defenders from both the public and private sectors must meet the threat with equal force,” said John N. Stewart, Senior Vice President and Chief Security and Trust officer at Cisco.

“Visibility and comprehensive threat intelligence across the cyber domain are critical to enable detection, analysis, and protection against emerging threats. We are pleased to collaborate with Interpol to exchange threat intelligence and find other knowledge-sharing opportunities to fight cybercrime globally,” Stewart added.

Interpol has formed more collaborations with the private sector in its attempts to share threat intelligence and combat cybercrime. In October Interpol signed a new agreement with Kaspersky Labs aimed at sharing threat intelligence data on the latest cybercrime activities. The agency also signed an agreement with British Telecom (BT) to increase cooperation between the two organizations to prevent and combat cybercrime. Earlier this year Interpol led BT, Kaspersky Labs and other private sector companies in an operation targeting cybercrime in the ASEAN region. The operation uncovered nearly 9,000 command and control (C2) servers, which were used to launch Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks and spread malware, ransomware and spam. Hundreds of compromised websites, including government portals were discovered as a result of the operation.

At the 5th annual Europol-Interpol cybercrime conference in Hague, the two law enforcement organizations pledged to form a coordinated approach to addressing threats from the dark web, identifying approaches to tackle the threat of cybercrime in a more proactive and efficient manner and to focus on coordinated prevention and awareness initiatives to increase baseline cyber security and nurture the skills and expertise needed to ensure a safer cyber space.

 

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28 Overdose death linked to Darknet drug ring in Utah https://www.deepdotweb.com/2017/12/06/28-overdose-death-linked-darknet-drug-ring-utah/ https://www.deepdotweb.com/2017/12/06/28-overdose-death-linked-darknet-drug-ring-utah/#comments Wed, 06 Dec 2017 12:04:39 +0000 https://www.deepdotweb.com/?p=23812 Utah has been hit by drug overdoses in recent years, and the number of overdose cases recorded increases year after year. Statistically, at least one person dies of a drug overdose every day. Opioid overdoses have been reported to kill more people than gun violence and accident fatalities. Authorities in Utah have launched an investigation ...

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Utah has been hit by drug overdoses in recent years, and the number of overdose cases recorded increases year after year. Statistically, at least one person dies of a drug overdose every day. Opioid overdoses have been reported to kill more people than gun violence and accident fatalities.

Authorities in Utah have launched an investigation into a recent drug overdose that led to the death of 28 people. The drug is suspected to be opioid ordered from the Darknet marketplace and sold on the street as revealed by the prosecutor on Monday. The 28 overdose death has been linked to a Darknet drug ring in Utah.

Two suspects in charge of a drug distribution in Utah were arrested. Aaron Shamo was the ringleader and Wilson Crandall was an accomplice. Michael Gadd, the prosecutor has instructed that the suspects be put in jail throughout the investigation process.

Drew Wilson Crandall, a suspect, was accused of helping Aaron Shamo run his Darknet drug trade, however, his lawyer said that the court has no evidence against him being responsible for the overdose. According to reports, his parents are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint. Crandall cried throughout the trial, but the court was not moved by his emotions.

His father is very positive about how clear his son is. He believes that Wilson has no criminal history, and he can afford to put his dream house as a collateral after his son is released. “To me, that’s how you solve these problems, is you deal with them and you deal with them uprightly and with integrity,” said Greg Crandall, the father of the suspect.

The defense attorney, Jim Bradshaw claimed that his client has been falsely accused of masterminding criminal activity. He explained that his client worked for two years helping a friend, from which he earned $65,000. The prosecutor said that the suspect earned around $2.8 million in less than a year, contradicting the amount quoted by the defense attorney.

According to his family, Crandall has been a victim of depression and anxiety from his childhood and this affected him so much. His loved ones believe that the urgent call to totally eliminate drug trafficking in Utah has made the authorities see Crandall case in a different light. Fentanyl abuse is very high in the USA, and this has made the authorities become lenient on fentanyl distribution cases.

Crandall managed to get engaged, beating his depression and anxiety, and in a way to distance himself from the ringleader, so he traveled to a faraway place. However, the court suspected him to have traveled as an escape plan for his wrongdoing.

His travel was seen as a plan of avoiding an investigation into the huge sum of money he earned from his alleged Darknet drug ring. He was arrested in Hawaii when he touched down for his wedding.

The prosecutor said that Aaron Shamo, the ringleader set up a platform on the Darknet marketplace where he sold dangerous fentanyl opioid. Wilson Crandall acted as his customer support service and ensured a successful transaction between the ringleader and the buyers. The dangerous fentanyl opioid was disguised as a prescription pill delivered to buyers by mail. No evidence has been provided so far linking the 28 overdose death to the case of Aaron Shamo and Wilson Crandall.

If found guilty, Crandall will face up to 10 years imprisonment for conspiring to distribute drugs. He has been found guilty of three counts. Shamo’s lawyer believes that it is wrong to link the death of the 28 people to the case of his client, since that death may be have been a result of other health conditions. Aaron Shamo faces a life sentence if found guilty.

The rise of drug overdose death in Utah is largely due to the trafficking of these drugs from the Darknet. The recent death has made authorities introduce naloxone, a drug that prevents the overdose opioid from getting to the receptor. Drugs consumed affects the receptor of the brain, and authorities have advised people to apply it when there is an incident of a drug overdose.

Utah is ranked the 4th highest drug overdose state, and according to Rep. Carol Spackman Moss of District 37, states that have greater access to the Naloxone has a decrease drug use. “The states that have expanded accessibility have not seen an increase but in fact have seen a decrease in drug use. We are the fourth highest in the country for overdose deaths. That’s very high,” said Moss. With respect to this matter, Utah has less access to the Naloxone.

 

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Drug Trafficker with a Pistol Disputes “Armed Drug Trafficker” Charge https://www.deepdotweb.com/2017/12/06/drug-trafficker-pistol-disputes-armed-drug-trafficker-charge/ https://www.deepdotweb.com/2017/12/06/drug-trafficker-pistol-disputes-armed-drug-trafficker-charge/#comments Wed, 06 Dec 2017 04:04:33 +0000 https://www.deepdotweb.com/?p=23811 After a 45-year-old from Baden-Württemberg admitted he had grown and trafficked cannabis, bought opioids from the darknet, and bought a gun from the darknet, the Stuttgart Public Prosecutor’s Office pressed the court for a prison sentence of more than four years. They claimed he committed armed drug trafficking. His defense attorney pushed for a shorter ...

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After a 45-year-old from Baden-Württemberg admitted he had grown and trafficked cannabis, bought opioids from the darknet, and bought a gun from the darknet, the Stuttgart Public Prosecutor’s Office pressed the court for a prison sentence of more than four years. They claimed he committed armed drug trafficking. His defense attorney pushed for a shorter sentence of just under four years. He argued that his client only trafficked drugs and possessed a weapon.

Armed drug trafficking is a serious violation of the Narcotics Act. The charge carries a minimum sentence of five years. Neither the prosecution nor the defense fought over the drug trafficking charge; the defendant himself claimed he had maintained a grow operation from 2009 until his 2017 arrest. He kept roughly 100 plants in his house in the Swabian Forest. He admitted that he had trafficked or distributed cannabis for the same length of time.

When the police raided his home and arrested him, they found a firearm. The defendant did not deny that he owned the firearm. He did not deny that he had bought it from a darknet vendor either. The argument surrounding sentencing rests on the defendant’s alleged addiction and why he had purchased the gun.

“I’m a gun guy and was fascinated by the technique of the gun,” he told the court. The 45-year-old could potentially have maintained his cover for far longer – if not for the gun. He accidentally alerted German authorities after buying ammunition on the darknet. The police flagged his package and later arrested him, putting an end to his full-time job as a marijuana cultivator.

“The picture of a heavily armed gangster, who wants to [need the gun to escape] during drug smuggling, is not the least bit similar to the defendant,” the man’s lawyer said. “He shot the pistol only once in the forest years ago and feared he was going to be discovered because of the noise.”

Furthermore, the lawyer argued, the defendant had grown marijuana only to support his addiction. The man started smoking marijuana in his teenage years and had not stopped by the time he reached adulthood. In addition to heavy marijuana use, the 45-year-old had grown addicted to painkillers. He ordered them from the darknet and used them whenever he felt pain. Due to the ongoing addiction, the defendant deserves a sentence that allows him to receive treatment, the lawyer explained.

The prosecution countered that the man sold for personal gain – not to finance his drug use. And the requirements for addiction therapy and rehabilitation would not be meet if the defendant had grown and distributed marijuana to make a living. So for armed drug trafficking, the prosecution asked for a prison sentence of four years and six months. The defense urged the court to consider, at a maximum, a sentence of three years and six months.

On November 30, the court will announce a verdict.

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