A man from Nebraska is awaiting sentencing for sending child pornography to an undercover cop

Pete C. Blumenthal, 36 years old from Kearney, Nebraska was arrested on 9th of November 2018 for sharing pedopornography over the internet to an undercover officer. The felony charges were supposed to take effect on November the 8th 2018, but the case was sealed until 2nd of January 2018 to protect the on-going investigation.

A preliminary audition is scheduled at the end of January 2019 in Washington, D.C. where he’s currently being held in federal custody without bond. Blumenthal is represented by the public defender appointed to him by the court.

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The court affidavit describes the investigation which started on 6th of November 2018. The Child Exploitation Task Force was masquerading and interacting as another participant in online pedophilia groups. Shortly after, a certain “badchicken33” responded to a message sent by the undercover cops. His IP address led back to Pete Blumenthal residence.

The private chat between Pete and the police began, and the culprit initially started sending non-pornographic images of boys and girls. After a while, Pete wanted to make sure he wasn’t stepping into a trap, so he simply asked:

“You’re (sic) not a cop right? Or any kind of agent??” Blumenthal wrote.
To which the officer replied, “Hell no. Perv here.”

Reassured, Pete continued sending more and more graphic images of penetrative and non-penetrative sex between adults and kids. Surely enough, a raid mandate was issued and executed on 36-year-old Pete C. Blumenthal.

The details of the operation aren’t fully known, but the small 3-day time frame of the investigation might indicate that the suspect had no cybersecurity protocols put in place whatsoever. His rather comical question to the undercover police officers seems to confirm the complete absence of experience in internet security. Under federal law, Pete is risking a minimum of 5 years to a maximum of 20 years of incarceration, depending on priors and forensics.

SOURCE: https://www.kearneyhub.com/news/local/kearney-man-federally-charged-with-distribution-of-child-pornography/article_1210190c-135b-11e9-a1e3-ebe6a03c0e13.html

https://www.justice.gov/criminal-ceos/citizens-guide-us-federal-law-child-pornography

 

Father and daughter from Montana are accused of selling Darknet methamphetamine, carfentanil, ketamine, and Xanax

Gregory Paul Green, 63 years old, and his daughter, Brittany Green, 29 years old, from 1716 Westwood Drive, Billings, Montana were arrested for allegedly running a large-scale drug trafficking operation over the deep web in exchange of cryptocurrency, mainly bitcoin.

The U.S. District Court in Billings released a preliminary affidavit on Friday the 4th of January 2019, in which special FBI agent Michael Robinson describes the investigation. The court testimony details the house raid executed just a day before that had brought to light a hidden “clandestine methamphetamine lab” in the basement. Both accused are currently being held under custody at the Yellowstone County Detention Facility without bond under federal charges of conspiracy to distribute schedule II controlled substances. They risk a minimum of 10 years of incarceration and fines starting from $50,000.

The investigation started on 18th of December 2018 after Michigan Customs and Border Patrol officers seized a parcel from Canada destined to Green’s home. More so, the package was labeled “organic fitness vitamin,” but instead, the officers found 1,500 Xanax (alprazolam) tablets.

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Two weeks later, on January the 3rd 2019, the FBI raided Green’s house. The leader of the operation, FBI Officer Michael Robinson, wrote the findings of the raid in the affidavit presented in court:

1. Upon accessing the basement, an improvised meth laboratory was discovered. The Billings Fire Department’s hazmat team was called to further inspect and secure the perimeter. Brittany Green declared that the laboratory was not intended to manufacture drugs, but for “washing” them. Meaning that the laboratory was used to remove impurities from the trafficked drugs.

According to Montana Criminal law, the distinction between the two is fairly significant: drug manufacturing and distribution are two distinct criminal accusations which imply different cumulative prison terms;

2. Also in the basement, the agents found hundreds of paraphernalia items, hundreds of feet of glass tubing used to create meth pipes, a 100-pound (45 kg) butane tank, and documented instructions on how to “combine drugs for redistribution,” intended for Brittany Green, the official court affidavit describes;

3. In Gregory’s room on the first floor, the FBI found a computer with the darknet marketplace page displayed from where the pair was selling drugs;

4. Financial paperwork was also secured with indications of bitcoin transactions;

5. A ready-to-go parcel was discovered in the office containing a quarter-ounce (7 grams) of methamphetamine and two Xanax pills;

6. Among many unidentified substances awaiting forensic analysis, carfentanil was also found in the residence.

Gregory Paul and Brittany Green are awaiting sentencing at a currently unknown date.

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SOURCE: https://billingsgazette.com/news/crime/billings-man-daughter-accused-of-running-dark-web-drug-operation/article_7259a48d-5d9f-518e-8727-9d74b758e50b.html

https://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca/45/9/45-9-101.htm

 

Darkweb drug dealer from Kansas City known as “dacandyman” pleaded guilty to selling 8 pounds (3.6 kg) of cocaine via U.S. postal mail

On Monday 8th of January 2019, Eimantas Juskevicius, a 24-year-old man from Kansas City, Florida has pleaded guilty to selling 8 pounds (3.6 kg) of cocaine via U.S. Postal Service and has been ordered to forfeit $200,000 in drug revenue. He’s awaiting sentencing and faces up to 15 years in prison.

The FBI began the investigation in May of 2017 when the authorities placed an order from the dealer. A package shortly arrived containing 9 grams of cocaine, mailed from an address in Miami. Further inquiries confirmed other nine similar packages arrived in other cities that day from the same address. The police set a flagrant drug order from the culprit in June of 2017 and traced the car license of the accused on a CCTV video while he was mailing the drugs.

The court has estimated that Juskevicius made $201,000 from drug revenue, thus the fine of $200,000. The sentencing date has not yet been disclosed.

SOURCE: https://www.kansascity.com/news/local/crime/article224023840.html

https://bustednewspaper.com/fl-broward-juskevicius-eimantas-2018-03-28/

A 21-year old Irish man received a five-year suspended jail sentence and a fine of €12,500 for viewing and exchanging pedopornography on the Darknet

Charlie Robinson from Barrowhouse, Laois County, Irland is a 21-year-old man found guilty of viewing, exchanging, and having close to 194 videos and 272 images of both penetrative and non-penetrative sex with underage children. He was accused on 24th of March 2018 and sentenced to two years of prison suspended over a period of five years, alongside psychological treatment and probation supervision. Furthermore, the court banned the sex offender from using the internet for five years and also ordered the culprit to pay Barnardo’s children’s charity the sum of €12,000 in four annual installments on top of the €500 peace bond.

The Irish Gardaí officers tracked the IP address of the 21-year-old and obtained a search warrant which resulted in the seizure of an iPhone and iPad. A set of forensic specialists analyzed the disturbing material and confirmed the severity of the content.

The defense argued that Charlie is not a pedophile but a sex addict. Claiming that his enjoyment did not derive from the specific intercourse between adults and children. He stated that he even avoided re-watching some of the videos sent to his dropbox because it made him unconformable. More precisely, the defense attorney argued that his client ended up consuming pedophilia because of his ever-increasing sex addiction.

“He is adamant that he does not have any interest in children and is not a pedophile,” said Judge Johnson.

On the other hand, Charlie was not only consuming pedophilia but also sharing the illegal material with other individuals. The defense argued that although the accused shared files with third-parties, it wasn’t nor sold nor bought, thus not contributing to the revenues of international pedopornography.

“Although the accused did not contribute to the revenues generated by the despicable child pornography industry. The proliferation of child pornography on the internet is a curse on modern society. People like the accused who access these sites act as enablers to those who promulgate and produce child pornography. Without people like the accused viewing child pornography, the market for it would diminish, and the motivation for producing it would be considerably reduced.” Judge Johnson declared.

The court took into account the young age of the culprit, as well as the findings of the court psychiatrists and forensics which tended to indicate that Charlie is not a danger to the public and that he didn’t act as an enabler of the child pornography industry.

SOURCE: https://www.leinsterexpress.ie/news/home/356204/laois-man-had-child-pornography.html

German YouTuber Simon Desue is under criminal investigation for buying a coffee machine from Saturn store with Darkweb counterfeit money

Simon Desue Wohnhaus is a 27-year-old famous video producer and entertainer with 4 million subscribers on Youtube based in Hamburg, Germany. The young and energetic content creator, alongside his girlfriend Enisa Bukvic posted a series of videos which caught the attention of prosecutors. The couple filmed themselves buying a coffee machine from Saturn electronics stores with what they claim to be counterfeit money purchased from the Darkweb.

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In the first video posted on Monday 31st of December 2018, Simon explains how he bought a trolley off the darknet which contained a laptop filled with images depicting paranormal activities, webcam hacking servers, and a text file with multiple onion addresses to drug and counterfeit websites.

In a second video posted on Thursday 3rd of January 2019, Simon asks for 20 thousand likes to complete the ‘challenge:’ going to a store and buying something with the fake money. He claimed to have purchased 10 thousand counterfeit euros.

Shortly after, on 4th of January 2019, Simon uploaded the third video of him and his girlfriend successfully buying a coffee machine at Saturn electronics in Mönckebergstraße, Hamburg with 50 euro banknotes. The purchase was recorded by the couple with a hidden camera. More interestingly, at the end of the video, Simon asked for another 20 thousand likes to get the money stack banderole checked at the bank. However, such video would never see the light of day due to a raid and subsequent confiscation of the fake money by the Landeskriminalamt (LKA) police.

Police spokesman Florian Abbenseth confirmed the ongoing investigation against Simon on counts of counterfeiting. A mandated raid by the State Criminal Police Office in Simon’s home resulted in the seizure of 9850 euros fake money. Florian Abbenseth explains that even if the money was real, there has to be an evaluation regarding public instigation to commit fiscal fraud.

Prison term or not, Simon is to be expected to receive heavy fines up to tens of thousands of euros for his actions. Similar cases such as those of ApoRed and Leon Machère resulted in substantial penalties for different pranks or public manifestations.

   LKA officials leave the apartment of Simon Desue after raiding it. Photo by M. Arning

SOURCE: https://www.abendblatt.de/hamburg/article216148481/Falschgeld-Ermittlungen-gegen-YouTube-Star.html

https://www.focus.de/regional/hamburg/hamburg-mit-falschgeld-bei-saturn-eingekauft-polizei-ermittelt-gegen-youtube-star-simon-desue_id_10150424.html

 

The ringleader of the online predator gang “Bored Group” dies after a fight in prison

New Yorker Christian Maire (photo), 40 years of age and father of two, was the leader of an online sexual predator group called the “Bored Group.” The gang of nine sexual offenders was convicted to decades in prison at the beginning of December 2018 for luring and exploiting girls aged 8-17.

The fight occurred on Tuesday the 1st of January 2019 and Christian has been pronounced dead on Wednesday night at an undisclosed hospital. Preliminary investigations indicate that at least one attacker had an improvised knife, commonly known as a shiv.

Friday 4th of January 2018, the Federal Bureau of Prisons released a statement saying that Christian Maire died of life-threatening injuries following a violent altercation involving other seven inmates at the low-security Milan detention center. It holds 1,370 inmates, and it’s situated 45 miles (72 km) southwest of Downtown Detroit, Michigan.

Furthermore, some sources indicate that the other two injured inmates are ex-members of the pedophile group: Michal Figura, 36 years old, an IT specialist at the University of Pennsylvania convicted to 31 years and Jonathan Negroni Rodriguez, 37 years old, of West Hollywood, California convicted to 35 years.

Raymond Cassar, the attorney of Jonathan Negroni Rodriguez, had this to declare:

“It’s murder and it’s horrible for anyone to get hurt or injured. This just doesn’t happen in a Michigan federal prison system.”

According to prison records, at least five other gang members are incarcerated at Milan detention center.

Their arrest by the FBI back in 2017 made the national cover. The men were using elaborate psychological schemes and internet tactics to manipulate underage girls to perform sexual acts and even self-harm. Each member had its role and hunted systematically on websites such as Gifyo, Periscope, YouNow, and MyLOL.com. A complex communication system was put in place between the gang members that would conspire against underage female individuals. Often, they’d use videos and images of young boys to deceit the girls into performing various acts. They would also keep an archive of girls including personal information and a psychological portrait. All nine offenders were convicted between 30 and 40 years of incarceration.

Following the incident, the prison went into a “limited operational status,” suspended visits, and started an investigation. Out of the seven inmates involved in the fight, three were seriously injured, and two staff personnel were treated for minor injuries.

More on the “Bored Group” from a past article.

Other convicted members:
1. Arthur Simpatico, 47 years old, of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Sentenced to 38 years;
2. Jonathan Negroni Rodriguez, 37 years old, of West Hollywood, California. Sentenced to 35 years;
3. Michal Figura, 36 years old, of Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. Sentenced to 31¼ years;
4. Odell Ortega, 37 years old, of Miami. Sentenced to 37½ years;
5. Brett Jonathan Sinta, 36 years old, of Hickory, North Carolina. Sentenced to 30½ years;
6. Caleb Young, 38 years-old, of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Sentenced to 30 years;
7. Daniel Walton, 34 years old, of Saginaw, Texas. Sentenced to 30½ years;
8. William T. Phillips, 39, of Highland, New York. Sentenced to 33 years.

SOURCE: https://eu.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2019/01/04/christian-maire-child-porn-milan/2483135002/

https://eu.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2019/01/03/death-reported-milan-federal-prison-michigan/2477366002/

Three suspected terrorists have been arrested in Brazil for an attempted bomb plot against the president-elect Jair Bolsonaro on Christmas Eve ’18

The Civil Police of the Federal District arrested three men suspected of being part of the alleged terrorist group Secret Society Silvestre that claimed to have placed a self-made explosive device (photo) near the Infant Jesus Sanctuary on Christmas Day, Tuesday 25th of December 2018. The group ran a darknet blog called the Secret Silvestre Society.

Video of the IED posted by an inside informant: https://L2s.Pet/XEhNSuJC

Federal Police and the Brazilian Research Agency investigated the group and confirmed the terroristic intentions. One of the culprits had triple nationality and traveled abroad often. Furthermore, on Monday 31st of December 2018, the police seized a PDF manual to making bombs in one of the home raids.

The case involving the alleged terrorist group began when a person passing in front of the Baby Jesus Sanctuary in Brazlândia found the presence of a backpack next to the church and alarmed the Military Police. The Anti-Bomb Group of the Special Operations Battalion was mobilized and safely detonated the bomb after evacuating the area around 4 PM.

According to BOPE, the bomb had considerable destructive power. The explosive device consisted of a fire extinguisher cylinder filled with gunpowder and nails, armed with an analogic watch detonator. The alleged extremist group claimed responsibility for the attempted bombing.

“We demand the abandonment of a 5kg explosive stuffed with nails and black powder in the Sanctuary of Jesus Christ,” said a text posted on the darkweb.

According to church official Jaime Francisco, a Church Mass was held in the temple on the day the IED would’ve blown up. As estimated by the sanctuary collaborator, about one thousand people participated in the religious ceremony.

“There was no one else here. It was after Mass and the place was closed. Someone saw the suitcase on the street and called the police,” Francisco said.

Investigators firstly reached the Ancestral Curse darknet website, where the alleged terrorist group, Secret Society Silvestre, made a series of threats to President Jair Bolsonaro and other targets, such as the future Minister for Women, Family and Rights Human Rights, Damares Alves, and the president of the National Confederation of Bishops of Brazil (CNBB), Cardinal Dom Sérgio da Rocha.

In sections of a text published on the darknet, the alleged criminal organization said:

“If the hit was not enough to kill Bolsonaro, he might have more surprises at some other time, since we are not the only ones wanting his head.”

On Friday 28th of December 2018, more information came from an informant who called himself “Pedro.” He forwarded vital information to the authorities via encrypted e-mails and even answered ten questions from the policemen. Pedro also sent a 3-minute video of him highlighting and focusing on the IED. Images took before the bomb planting.

Pedro stated that the Silvestre Secret Society has been responsible, since 2016, for at least six attacks in the national territory. Among them was the explosion of a pressure cooker loaded with gunpowder and nails in front of the Conjunto Nacional shopping mall on August the 1st 2016, in the middle of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

In the texts sent, the man disregarded the police forces:

“We learned later that they tried to get us, but their competence was low and we went unpunished and unmasked.”

On Sunday 30th of December 2018, the Minister of the Institutional Security Office, General Sérgio Etchegoyen, confirmed that the threats of attack against the president-elect were real and that security precautions were put in place for the inauguration ceremony on Tuesday 1st of January 2019 which went smooth and without incident.

According to the Federal Police, investigations are continuing to determine all the criminal implications of the group. They’re facing life in prison.

SOURCE: https://www.metropoles.com/colunas-blogs/grande-angular/pcdf-prende-grupo-terrorista-suspeito-de-fazer-ameacas-a-bolsonaro

https://www.metropoles.com/distrito-federal/policia-federal-investiga-ameaca-terrorista-a-posse-de-jair-bolsonaro

https://www.metropoles.com/distrito-federal/seguranca-df/panela-de-pressao-com-pregos-explode-proximo-ao-conjunto-nacional

Nine South Korean darkweb drug dealers arrested in Seul

On Sunday 23rd of December 2018, the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office declared that they apprehended nine drug dealers all in their 20s and 30s who trafficked drugs via the darknet. Mr. Shin, one of the arrested men, is also the owner of the dark web website through which the suspects conducted the narco-trade.

The group is accused of growing and selling self-made marijuana and hashish, selling psychoactive drugs such as LSD and MDMA imported from other countries, and using drugs. Between March and November of 2018, the website had 636 members with an estimated number of 50 drug sales.

It is the first time in South Korea an administrator of a darknet drug website has been arrested and its website shut down. The online marketplace had 636 members between March and November of 2018 and reportedly brokered sales of drugs on 50 occasions. Members often used the “DarkCoin” cryptocurrency.

Prosecution confiscated and investigated multiple computers and phones, alongside a sum of $88,700 considered to have derived from illegal activities.

The group is facing decades or even life in prison. According to the strict South Korean drug laws, regulated through the Narcotics Act, the Psychotropic Drugs Control Act, and the Cannabis Control Act. The minimum expected sentence is 20 years of incarceration, hefty fines, property seizures, and mandatory rehabilitation programs.

Despite the medical cannabis reform South Korea, recreational cannabis remains strictly forbidden, punishable by up to five years of incarceration and a fine of about $44,000. Furthermore, both LSD and MDMA are considered hard drugs punishable by harder standards. Also, the selling of drugs with the primary intent of making profit also carries a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison.

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SOURCES:
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20181223000103
https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/51181782.pdf
https://elaw.klri.re.kr/eng_service/lawView.do?hseq=37716&lang=ENG

A man from Alabama was convicted to 10 years in prison for selling Darkweb hard drugs

Joseph William Davis, 26 years old, from Madison, Alabama, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the possession with intent to distribute of 50 grams of methamphetamine, 40 grams of fentanyl, 2.81 grams of cocaine, and 80,000 units of Xanax.

On Wednesday, 19th of December 2018, U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town, U.S. Postal Inspection Service Inspector in Charge Adrian Gonzalez and DEA Associate Special Agent in Charge Brad Byerley announced the ruling.

U.S. District Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala sentenced the man to ten and a half years of incarceration after pleading guilty in August of 2018 to conspiracy to sell drugs and firearms possession. Firearms that according to the Department of Justice, were used in “furtherance of drug trafficking.”

Also known as “OlympusXans,” or “OX,” Davis was trafficking darkweb drugs through encrypted internet chats to Madison County addresses. Everything passed through the U.S. Mail.

DEA Associate Special Agent Brad Byerley had this to say:

“The successful prosecution of Joseph Davis is a direct result of outstanding partnerships with federal, state, and local law enforcement. It should put others who engage in this type of activity on notice: if you sell drugs, whether on the street corner or online on the dark web, you will face federal charges and a lengthy prison sentence. This sentence in federal prison sends a message of our unending resolve to pursue drug traffickers who wreak havoc in our communities.”

Several U.S. Postal Inspectors, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Huntsville-Madison County County Strategic Counterdrug Team, and the Cullman County Sheriff’s Department investigated the drug case, which Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan S. Keim indicted.

“Federal law enforcement will continue to shine a spotlight on drug dealers operating in the darkest corners of the internet,” U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town declared. “Federal prison beds await them all.”

“I commend the hard work and countless hours put forth by all of the law enforcement agencies involved,” U.S. Postal Inspection Service Inspector in Charge Adrian Gonzalez affirmed. “Together we will continue to be vigilant in identifying and working to prosecute those who illegally utilize the mail while keeping the safety of the American public and our Postal Service employees at the forefront.”

The drugs Davis was selling are responsible for many overdoses around the world and are deemed rather unstable substances. A large portion of the penalty derived solely for the type of drugs sold by the man. Fentanyl and Xanax are extremely dangerous artificial narcotics that have established themselves in the collective perception as probably the most dangerous drugs in circulation. An additional prison term was also added in light of his willingness to use firearms to protect his drug business.

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SOURCE: https://www.waaytv.com/content/news/Madison-man-used-dark-web-to-traffic-drugs-503238531.html

https://www.rocketcitynow.com/news/madison-man-sentenced-to-10-years-for-online-drug-trafficking/1668697946

Six years imprisonment for the administrator of Darkweb forum DiDW

The district court of Karlsruhe, Germany sentenced the operator of the darkweb platform “Germany in the Deep Web” (DiDW), 31-years-old Alexander U., on Wednesday, 19th of December 2018, to a prison sentence of six years. The operator of the Darkweb Forum DiDW has been found guilty of negligent homicide due to the extended arms trading on his forum.

By far the most significant part of the punishment concerns the attack on the Munich Olympia shopping center in July of 2016 which resulted in the mass murder of 9 people and the death of the shooter. Although Alexander U. wasn’t the direct supplier of the Munich attacker, he was judged as a potential supplier, thus the negligent homicide prosecution. The rest of the punishment represents aiding in arms trafficking and “advertising” drug trafficking charges.

Initially, the prosecution asked for nine years and five months, claiming that the defendant aided both in weapons deals and drug sales. However, the court followed the prosecutor only partially. It dismissed some weapons trade accusations and lowered the “aid to drug trade” accusation to “advertising drug trade,” thus reducing the punishment.

The verdict is not yet final. The court allowed its decision to be revised. The two defense attorneys of Alexander U. said on that they would consider a follow-up call on arguing against the negligent homicide accusation. One of the lawyers, Heinrich Maul, is regarded as a revision specialist and was himself a judge at the Federal Court. The one-week revision period ends on the 27th of December.

The presiding judge Holger Radke said that with the juridic procedure against the DiDW operator is moving “on new juridical grounds.”

“A platform like this is a phenomenon of a new era. However, we must give answers to this with imperial standards.” The judge continued, “The Darknet does not exist. The net goal, which is meant by this term, is nothing forbidden. ‘Germany in the Deep Web’ was an anonymous platform from an original idea. That’s a beautiful thing. Because it is quite frightening how easily digital traces can be retraced. One must only think of countries in which freedom of opinion and the press are not so upheld as with us. If you would’ve created such a platform, you would have been well acclaimed. Unfortunately, you did not. The way you used the DiDW, you did a great disservice to your cause.”

This process was also particularly difficult because the main focus was on “one of the worst crimes after the Second World War” — meaning the attack in Munich. The court also heard the harsh words of the parents of a 14-year-old murder victim from Munich, saying that they no longer trust the prosecutors.

The forum had multiple categories. One of which was named “categories for the forbidden things” with two types of offers: “offer” and “offer certified.” Meaning that the defendant was checking most of the offers and deals himself. More so, in at least one case, a covert investigator “Gazza” received access to a weapons deal section by Administrator Alexander U. alias “Luckspax.”

“He had the gun area in view,” said Judge Radke. Although Alexander U. had moved the section into the category “Spackentreff” and referred to it, in his admission in court, as a “trashcan category.” He also claimed that “only scammers would appear” and that few deals were actually concluded. The judge agreed that both scammers and determined people roamed his forum: “We believe that weapons were traded there and the defendant did not care.” The judged continued saying that it’s impossible for such a smart individual with a computer science bachelor degree not to have realized the dangers of his deep web forum, especially in the light of so many terroristic attacks with dark web weapons. Some websites even speculated DiDW as being one of the possible sources for the terror attack in Paris at club Bataclan. To which the defendant, upon realization, had placed the weapons category temporarily offline.

“We are sure he accepted that real weapons were traded on the platform,” the judge said. “Any other interpretation would be foreign to the world and would mock the intelligence of the accused. Thus he had a share of responsibility for the actions of the Munich terrorist. It does not matter that he knew nothing about the actual weapons deal and also had no idea what the Munich assassin specifically intended. Alexander U. had it in his hand that the shooter could buy his weapon, the judge said. Had he paid attention and prevented the weapon deals, then he could have prevented the Munich attack. For the legal assessment, it does not matter that the Munich culprit might have looked elsewhere for a weapon. Alexander U. has attracted precisely the people who would like to have weapons, but never could legally buy one, namely, maniacs, psychopaths, and terrorists. Only such people are willing to acquire overpriced weapons without warranty from dubious circles.”

This case is comparable to the school attack in Winnenden, Germany where a 15-year-old boy shot 15 people in a school and then killed himself with the gun of his father who was accused of careless murder.

Turning to the defendant on last time, the judge said that it was “not without tragedy that this process should take place at all” — because the defendant was someone who could do a lot of useful things, that he belongs professionally with people that desperately need his knowledge: “Maybe you could make up for it in the future. It’s unfortunate that you got so outraged, that’s something you have to deal with yourself.”

SOURCE: https://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Prozess-um-Darkweb-Forum-DiDW-Sechs-Jahre-Haft-fuer-Administrator-4256723.html

https://www.tagesschau.de/inland/muenchen-amoklauf-waffe-darknet-101.html