Darknet Gun Vendor Apologizes for the Munich Massacre

German law enforcement arrested Philipp only days after the Munich massacre. He then worked with the BKA to catch other darknet weapons and buyers. “He confessed and cooperated with the investigating authorities,” said a spokesman for the Frankfurt Prosecutor’s Office.

The original charges, according to Georg Ungefuk, from the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office of Frankfurt, were “issued only because of the violation of the arms laws.” The later charges came from “further investigation of the secured communication from the supposed arms dealer on the Darknet – the secret area of the Internet – however, showed indications of negligence. There was [initially] no evidence that the 31-year-old Marburger knew what the amok gunman had in mind.”

Ungefuk referred to the recent action by the Federal Police where they raided the owner of the German darknet forum known as Deutschland im DeepWeb (DIDW). DIDW functioned as a forum primarily, but the site also allowed sellers and buyers to connect and conduct business through the darknet. The server owner, for facilitating the trade of firearms and other illegal items, is currently at the Detention Center at the District Court of Karlsruhe awaiting trial.

On that seized forum, investigators discovered conversations between who they believed to have been Sonboly and Philipp. Both used anonymous usernames and Sonboly used several. “Hi, I’m looking for a Glock 17 with a total of 250 rounds of ammunition,” one of the forum posts read. While the contents of the private messages have not been leaked yet, they will likely surface during the trial.

Chief prosecutor Florian Weinzierl, in his opening statement, said that, Philipp “empowered” Sonboly to execute his plan. This empowerment, according to the prosecution, constituted involuntary manslaughter. Philipp faces charges for selling the gun and the ammunition, but also for violating Germany’s Military Weapons Control Act.

Source: http://www.deepdotweb.com

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Can Any Government Ban Bitcoin?

Can Any Government Ban Bitcoin?

Bitcoin has been around the fringes of financial markets for less than a decade, but is slowly gaining prominence as an alternative asset class. Can the government of any major country step in and do the unthinkable – ban Bitcoin?

Flashback – Holding Gold Bullion is a Crime

Those who think that no government (except those run by tinpot dictators) would take the extreme step of banning Bitcoin need a lesson in history. There was a time when holding gold bullion was a crime in America, punishable by a sentence of up to ten years in prison. In 1933, American President Franklin D Roosevelt issued an order requiring all Americans to hand over their gold holdings to the Federal Reserve Bank. The ban on owning gold remained in place for more than four decades, before President Ford legalized gold ownership. This move was made easy by the fact that America had abandoned the gold standard a short while prior and hence had no need to own vast quantities of gold to back up the amount of currency it printed.

The Great Chinese Firewall

Another oft-repeated argument against a ban on Bitcoin is that in the age of the globalized internet economy, individual governments lack the authority and power to act against a decentralized currency like Bitcoin. However, we only have to look at how China has bent even the Internet to realize that this is not the case. By a mix of government legislation and the blocking of popular foreign websites by the Chinese internet service providers, the Chinese government has tried to limit the Chinese to a walled garden, instead of viewing the whole world wide web. Traffic monitoring tools are used by the government to stifle political dissent. Taking a step to ban Bitcoin would not be too large a leap for the Chinese government.

India and Demonetization

If you think that fiat notes, printed by the Government and certified by the Central Bank, would be the last thing to be banned, think again! The Indian Government issued a decree in November 2016, stating that high denomination notes would cease to be legal tender almost immediately. Indian citizens had to queue up in banks to deposit old currency notes. Getting hands on the replacement currency was not easy, leading to huge queues at ATMs. This demonetization was touted as a means to curb income tax evasion and solve most of the government’s problems. Almost a year later, it has become evident that demonetization has failed to achieve the government’s objectives and has only resulted in an increase in the demand for Bitcoins.

Enforceability Issues

If a government decides to make trading or possessing Bitcoins illegal, questions will be raised about how exactly it will enforce such a ban. It is impossible for a government to seize your Bitcoins, unless you decide to handover your private keys. However, the majority of citizens and institutions like to stay on the right side of the law. So the demand for Bitcoin would plummet if the government decided to ban it. All exchanges in that country would also be shuttered and buying/selling Bitcoin would be difficult and risky. This would suffocate Bitcoin in that country and the government’s objectives might be achieved.

Source: http://www.cointelegraph.com

How to Easily Access the Trade Route Market (7 easy steps)

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User Guide:

The Trade Route onion link: http://traderouteilbgzt.onion/?r=rvn50
Total Listings: 17,819
Drug Listings: 10,383

Preparation

Like with any other endeavor, there is a certain level of preparation that needs to be completed before beginning.

This holds especially true for accessing a marketplace such as the Trade Route market.

Moreover, the Trade Route Market is a part of the dark web. And now I guess you are wondering what is this “dark web” thing?

Well, the dark web is the hidden, undiscovered layer of the Internet which enables its users to access the Internet both for lawful and unlawful purposes.

More specifically the dark web empowers its consumers to find the most wanted, forbidden products on the darknet markets and in this case the Trade Route Market.

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German Police Address Former Politician for Years of Darknet Distribution

A former district committee member and board spokesperson of the Green party in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg sold drugs on the darknet since 2013, German authorities announced on August 22. That very same day, a special police commando unit raided the 40-year-old’s apartment after a lengthy investigation into his criminal activities. In total, according to the Berlin Landeskriminalamt (LKA), “Boris J.,” the suspect, had made 6,500 individual sales.

He sold, according to the LKA and Oldenburg police, various “synthetic” drugs. The detectives mentioned 34,200 ecstasy pills, more than 7,000 LSD tabs, and an unknown number of 2C-B capsules. Reddit’s resident darknet market users believe the former politician was a vendor under the name “03welle.” Boris J, according to the police, shipped his packages inside music CD cases. Marketplace buyers stated that 03welle utilized the same tactic. They both had sold the same drugs, as well. Although dates are no more than circumstantial evidence, both 03welle and Boris J. started in 2013.

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The investigation started when the LKA examined addresses on drug mailings and spotted a theme. This type of case was not new to German law enforcement. And the trend of packages from Berlin pointed them in the politician’s direction. Eventually, the investigation led to Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. Police identified Boris J. as a potential suspect. They watched him for some period of time.

If he is the vendor that darknet marketplace users suspect, the LKA (and other police forces) may have waited a long time. The vendor was inactive for roughly two months prior to the arrest. Law enforcement listened in on his phone conversations before raiding him. Yet, during the raid, the police found no drugs at his apartment. They seized computers, mobile phones, cash, and stamps, but no drugs. Five other addresses in Berlin were associated with the former politician, the police believed.

Police raided those five addresses for drugs, but may have been looking for possible accomplices as well. “Whether he had accomplices is now the object of the investigation,” an officer reported. “We are especially interested in where he got the drugs that he sold.”

Until 2010, Boris J. served as a member of the Green party. He left for “professional reasons.” His co-workers considered open, cordial, and committed to the cause.

Source: http://www.deepdotweb.com

 

$4,880: Bitcoin Price Climbs to Another All-Time High

Having only briefly topped the $4,800 mark for the first time yesterday, bitcoin’s price has bounced back to achieve a new high just cents below $4,880 today.

Opening the session at $4,764.87, vigorous trading has seen the value of a bitcoin rise this morning to a record-setting $4,879.24 – up around $115 for the day so far, according to CoinDesk’s Bitcoin Price Index. At press time, the price had dropped slightly to $4,876.

The market capitalization of the number one cryptocurrency has now reached over $79.7 billion – also a new high – and a market share of 45.4 percent, according to data from CoinMarketCap.

Elsewhere today, litecoin has also set a new all-time high of over $78, as has the combined market cap of all cryptocurrencies, which now stands at over $175 billion.