Gun Collector Arrested for Buying Pistols on the Darknet

A joint press release from the Central Office of Cybercrime in Bavaria and the Customs Investigation Office in Frankfurt revealed that German authorities caught a 54-year-old who had been buying firearms from vendors on the darknet. The operation that led to the man’s arrest was…

EPIC Sues ICE Over Technology Used to Conduct Warrantless Searches of Mobile Devices

EPIC has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement for details of the agency’s use of mobile forensic technology to conduct warrantless searches of mobile devices. ICE has contracts with a company called Cellebrite for techniques to unlock, decrypt, and…

Three Drug Buyers Arrested in Austrian Investigation

In July 2017, Customs Officials of the Frankfurt Customs Office in Germany seized a package of amphetamines addressed to a 28-year-old from the Rohrbach district of Austria. Over time, authorities became aware of three more packages of amphetamines addressed to the 28-year-old in Austria. In…

Two Darknet Dealers Arrested in Russia

In Rostov-on-Don, a city in Southern Russia, the Customs Service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs captured a drug dealer who “played a key role in an international criminal organization.” Authorities arrested the “key player” drug dealer and one accomplice. The duo, an announcement said,…

Customs and Border Protection’s Biometric Data Snooping Goes Too Far

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Privacy Office, and Office of Field Operations recently invited privacy stakeholders—including EFF and the ACLU of Northern California—to participate in a briefing and update on how the CBP is implementing its Biometric Entry/Exit…

ICE Accesses a Massive Amount of License Plate Data. Will California Take Action?

The news that Immigrations & Customs Enforcement is using a massive database of license plate scans from a private company sent shockwaves through the civil liberties and immigrants’ rights community, who are already sounding the alarm about how mass surveillance will be used to fuel…

Teens Allegedly Bought Thousands of Xanax Pills on the Darknet

A tip from New York customs led to a ‘major’ drug bust in Wisconsin. Two 19-year-olds ordered a package of 5,000 alprazolam pills from a darknet dealer in Great Britain. Customs caught the package and alerted a drug task force in Wisconsin. The ordeal resulted…

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