Volunteer ICT experts against darknet crime are integrated into the Dutch police

The Netherlands successfully integrated volunteer information and communications technology professionals into their police force. The newly sworn-in white hat hackers will have bureaucratic access to tax-payer money to fight illegalities on the darknet. They become official yesterday, 4th of December, 2018.

Programmers and IT experts will now work formally within police ranks.

Bob, 31 years old, was a civilian volunteer with an acute sense of justice and now he’s looking at a full integration into the police force. He worked as a volunteer in the city of Driebergen:

“I have been a volunteer at the police since 2007. I also work as a programmer, I quickly became a source of information for my colleagues. (…) A lot of people think that they can remain anonymous, but those who are searching profoundly can certainly find an identity. “

Arieh Tal is an ex-nuclear physicist who wanted a purpose in life after his ex-girlfriend died of cancer. He fights crime on the internet to give something back to the Netherlands, his country of adoption.

More so, even local businesses give their fair share towards the effort. Theo van der Plas, a police officer from Hague, Netherlands declares:

“We can not keep up with the fast developments if we do not seek a connection with the business community. “

The volunteers were screened and have received specialized training. They’re expected to bring up arrest productivity and discourage the black market as seen in the United Kindom with similar circumstances.

Source (including photos of Bob, Arieh Tah, and Theo van der Plas): https://L2s.Pet/WvNEcwUd

 

Darknet LSD dealer from Tacoma, WA sentenced to five years

Allen D. Lint, a 38-year-old man from Tacoma, Washington has been sentenced today, 4th of December 2018, for distributing controlled substances between May of 2016 and September of 2017. More than 3600 lysergic acid (LSD) doses were found in Allen’s residence.

Most of the trafficking happened on a deep web marketplace website called Dream Market. U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes declared:

“This defendant was a 21st-century drug dealer. From the anonymity of the dark web, he filled more than 1700 drug orders for customers who paid with cryptocurrency. Despite his special encryption software and other efforts to hide his criminal conduct, law enforcement was able to unmask his identity and hold him to account.”

U.S. District Judge Benjamin H. Settle also imposed five years of supervision upon release, on top of the 5-year prison term.

Mr. Lint’s address has been revealed in multiple country-wide investigations, from as far away as Philadelphia. Furthermore, the mandated police officers found a variety of paraphernalia at his residence, including drugs, scales, bagging material, and customer records.

The defendant was indicted in April of 2018 and pleaded guilty in September of 2018.

Intel granted a patent for the development of a more efficient bitcoin mining system

On Nov. 27th, 2018, Intel has been granted a patent for the invention of a faster and more efficient SHA256 mining (bitcoin) process. The new processing systems are more “energy-efficient hardware accelerators.” More precisely, an overall reduction of power consumption by 15 percent.

Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, Intel demonstrated innovation through the approval of the United States Patent and Trademark Office last Tuesday. Three individuals from Oregon invented the methodology, which took two years for it to be approved.

The power efficiency of the mining processor comes from newly designed hardware accelerators. Also, data pathway improvements are also included in the new system.

1) Hardware accelerators with an improved architectural design that require less power compared to past application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) computers;

2) Software improvements regarding optimized SHA-256 data paths for faster information processing time.

The improvements should lower miners’ electricity bill and accelerate the mining process. The market is eagerly waiting for patent integration in tomorrow’s bitcoin mining rigs.

PATENT: https://L2s.Pet/4ssykt3A

 

The dealer of late Geordie Shore’s star Aimee Spencer is having his sentence reviewed on Tuesday, 4th of December

Mr. Daniel Lewis, 30, was given a suspended sentence following the tragic death of Aimee Spencer after falling on concrete from a first-floor window in Chichester Terrace, Brighton, United Kindom on July 11th, 2016. She was partying at Daniel’s house and consumed both cocaine and ketamine also supplied by Daniel.

Public outcry prompted a referral request on November 13th, 2018 to the Attorney General for sentence re-evaluation. The court will announce its decision this Tuesday, 4th of December.

Daniel was cleared of the attempted murder charge on May 8th, 2017. An investigation concluded that the fall circumstances were uncertain. He has then received a suspended sentence of two years, 300 hours of charity work, and a 120-day curfew after pleading guilty to seven accusations of possession with intent to distribute class A, B, and C narcotics. The judge also took into account the fact that Lewis cleaned himself up, got out of Brighton, and joined an autism charity group.

Lewis bought a variety of drugs from the deep web using bitcoins. Including cocaine, methadone, ketamine, LSD. He would then sell them locally or even nationwide by mail, mostly to clubs. The police confiscated drugs worth over £15,000 and £20,000.

Detectives investigating the circumstances of Aimee’s death exposed a text message from Daniel Lewis to Aimee Spencer:

“Get in, get your kit off, get Helen making balloons while I’ll make a line under your nose as long as a yeti’s leg.”

Such an autodestructive behavior is well known to be the standard in the nightlife of Great Britain, but just how much did Lewis contribute to Aimee’s death. According to the court, very little.

SOURCE: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6388467/Drug-dealer-supplied-Class-Geordie-Shore-star-fell-death-sentence-reviewed.html

Italian IT expert arrested over fake money bought from the deep web

A 54-years-old IT expert from Voghera, Pavia, Italy, was reported to the Italian police in an international investigation called “Green Heart,” initiated by the Austrian police. The man had no criminal record but faces a minimum of 6 months of jail time or a fine for 1032 euros.

On 30th of November, the man was found in possession of a dozen euro banknotes, of various denominations, which turned out to be false. The 54-year-old man, who has confessed to being a frequent user of the dark web, explained that he had bought 25 fake banknotes from Austria via a dark web marketplace. The Italian police are investigating the event.

 

Belgian ex-police officer tried to kill two people with grenades off the dark web

A Belgian ex-police officer tried to kill the lovers of his ex-girlfriends with grenades bought off the dark web. The court convicted him to three years in the penitentiary and five years of supervision upon his release.

Special forces raided the man’s home in Marcinelle, Charleroi, during the early morning of September 26, 2016, upon receiving intel from the FBI.

The Charleroi Criminal Court has examined a case of an attempted double murder by Thomas V. Carolo. The disturbed individual considered various scenarios to kill the companions of the only two women in his life. The prosecution has required eight years in prison, but the accused pleaded acquittal, claiming that the former officer had no real intention of actually committing the murders.

Initially, the defendant admitted to the double murder charges but later denied them as soon as some pieces of evidence were declared to be acquired illegally. However, sufficient evidence was gathered from his journal, witnesses, and electronic records.

A most revealing piece of evidence that exposed his deranged mental state, is his journal. The accused had plotted the vivid murders in detail of the two men he intended to kill. Furthermore, the journal describes the culprit’s plan to lure a former co-worker to a wooded area through a fake traffic stop and kill the man using a knife. Later, he changed his weapon of choice to grenades.

The ex-police officer was also an alcoholic and sleeping pills consumer.

“I was in a confused period, between alcohol and sleeping pills, I felt better when I thought of my morbid projects. But faced with the reality, I became aware of the consequences and I gave up.”

The prosecution dropped the attempted double homicide charge but maintained the rest of the charges: attempted grenade importation, illegally carrying a butterfly knife, unauthorized access to police computers, and using fake license plates.

SOURCES:

https://www.rtl.be/info/regions/hainaut/charleroi-un-policier-envisageait-de-tuer-les-compagnons-de-ses-ex-8-ans-de-prison-requis-1067588.aspx

https://www.sudinfo.be/id79155/article/2018-10-10/charleroi-le-policier-avait-achete-des-grenades-pour-tuer-les-compagnons-des

Father and son convicted to five years for deep web drug trafficking

Michael and Philip Luciano, 59 and 30 years old, respectively, are father and son from Staten Island, New York. They’ve been convicted of five years of imprisonment over conspiring to sell hard farmaceutical opioids.

More precisely oxycodone, fentanyl, and butyrfentanyl, a fentanyl analog, between January 2015 and July 2017. The home raid and arrest were executed in August of 2018. Both pleaded guilty in a Manhattan federal court.

In the beginning, Michael used to buy the narcotics over the Internet from China, but authorities managed to intercept two of his packages. Because of this, Michael asked the help of his son to get into the deep web. Philip would then order the drugs and Michael would ship them by mail.

Most troubling is a conversation found on Philips’s phone from 2015. The texts reveal a recovering overdose victim in the hospital who writes:

“I got back home and shot some. I thought it might have been too much… I became unresponsive, and my friend called an ambulance. They gave me Narcan, and I’m at the hospital now. Can I settle up and get 60 tomorrow?”
Philip Luciano, then replied, “Give me a call when you can.”

The defense argued that Philip himself was addicted to the prescription pills after a leg injury five years ago. An addiction that “clearly clouded his judgment.” Furthermore, the defense attorney, Patrick V. Parrotta, added that Philip is “very embarrassed by and remorseful for his conduct and has a genuine desire to redeem and rehabilitate himself.” Same goes for Michael who “understands that his behavior was deplorable. During the course of his opioid addiction, he displayed terrible judgment.”

The Lucianos were sentenced to five years in prison, four years of post-release supervision, mandatory outpatient drug treatment, and a bill of $15,953 in judgments forfeiture.

Three Englishmen arrested for fraud using dark web stolen credit card data

Early house raids on Wednesday, 28th of October 2018, lead to the arrest of three men aged 25, 35, and 36 in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, England. They were accused of committing financial frauds totaling £1 million using stolen credit card information from the dark web.

The cyber-crime police force estimated that the group had made over 300 illegal purchases of various objects including copper piping, industrial lawn mowers, tires, and so on. The culprits were using stolen credit card information acquired over the deep web. Orders were then placed over the phone and collected in strategic locations throughout Rochdale.

The illegal activities took place from 2014 until 2018. The addresses targeted for the raid were Kensington Street, Lloyd Street, Clifford Street, and Baron Street.

Inspector Darren Callaghan, from Greater Manchester Police, declared that such practices placed many small and medium-sized businesses in ‘severe financial difficulty.’

Phil Larratt, from the National Crime Agency, declared that the investigation followed a data infiltration:

“A South East Regional Organised Crime Unit-led investigation identified an organized crime group responsible for using stolen payment card data to purchase over a million pounds worth of goods.
The NCA will continue to work closely with our police colleagues to relentlessly pursue those responsible for both cyber-dependent criminality and the subsequent incidents of fraud linked to the original data theft.”

The raid operation involved over 30 officers from different agencies and took months of investigative work.

Detective Inspector Rob Bryant urged businesses to evaluate and improve their data practices constantly.

“We often see companies which have their data stolen end up on the dark web and opportunist criminals look to benefit. I would like to take this opportunity to remind all businesses around their obligations to customers in protecting their data from cyber-criminals.

Should members of the local community have information or concerns regarding fraud-related offenses or information to contact Action Fraud at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk or 0300 123 2040.”

Two Germans face 4 years behind bars for trafficking darknet drugs

A 22-year-old student from Bayreuth, Germany has been providing the Bavarian district of Kulmbach with both marijuana and cocaine. He has been arrested and faces four years in prison for use and distribution.

His buyer, another 21-year-old Kulmbacher was also convicted of a juvenile sentence of four years and ten months.

The 22-year-old, who most recently lived in the Red Hill district, made a confession in his trial and claimed that his drug addiction was the primary motive: “I used cocaine to increase performance, and then I smoked the marijuana to come back down,” he explained. The marijuana and the cocaine he had ordered from the Darknet have been paid with the digital currency Bitcoin. The narcotics were delivered by mail.

“You have to think of it as a normal internet marketplace, like an Amazon for drugs.”

The student claims to have had only one buyer – a 21-year-old Kulmbacher. The criminal court had bargained against the customer only last Friday, 23rd of November 2018. At the time, the young Kulmbacher confessed to having bought around four kilos of marijuana and ten grams of cocaine from the 22-year-old student. His case was also about financing his drug addiction. The Kulmbacher buyer came several times in the spring of 2018 to Bayreuth, where different Whatsapp arrangements have been made.

While the buyer had spoken in his process of 14 deliveries with a total of just over four kilos, the seller now said that it had been a little less quantity, about three and a half kilograms. He also added that in that period he abused narcotics heavily.

“I’ve smoked so much, you’re not fit in your head, and the bad thing is that you do not realize it’s all about focusing your life on drugs.”

The drug bust happened in April when police officers controlled a motorist who was on his way back from a place in the Kulmbach district with 120 grams of marijuana on board. The driver was getting the marijuana from the 21-year-old Kulmbacher and who usually chauffeured him to the deals with the 22-year-old student from Bayreuth.

The chauffeur got paid with drugs for his driving services, and he also provided his supplier with his apartment as a “bunker.”

In the trial against his buyer last week, the 22-year-old had not wanted to testify. The customer got, as reported, a juvenile sentence of four years and ten months. In which, however, an open juvenile sentence of two years were included. The majority of the detention period will be spent in a drug rehabilitation center.

The driver is also facing prosecution.

 

Ohio now accepts Bitcoin as tax payments

CyberMonday of 26th of November 2018 sees Ohio as the first state of The USA to accept BTC as a mean to pay taxes.

Twenty-three types of taxes can now be paid through BitPay, as described on Ohio Treasurer’s website. Including sales tax, tobacco tax, utility tax, fuel tax, and employee withholdings.

Companies that wish to adhere to the initiative will have to register their Tax Account Number at “ohiocrypto.com.”

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Josh Mandel, treasurer of Ohio, declared:

“Cryptocurrencies cannot be transferred to third parties without user initiation, thereby practically eliminating fraud; Anyone can view all transactions on the blockchain network; Payments on the blockchain can be tracked on a second-by-second basis; a minimal fee is charged to confirm transactions on the blockchain network.”

Furthermore, the state will also add other types of cryptocurrencies. And although Mr. Josh Mandel doesn’t consider Bitcoin as a “legitimate form of currency,” the blockchain system seems to have convinced him:

“[we are] working to help make Ohio a national leader in blockchain technology.”

Ohio is paving the way to innovation, but soon other states will follow as well.