Germany battles drug black-market on the dark web

May 3, 2019 | Brainwave Science

SITUATION

The police in western Germany has arrested three men suspected of running the world’s second-largest darknet marketplace for illegal drugs, stolen data, and malicious software.

The FBI took part in the investigation and arrested two alleged drug-dealers in Los Angeles. The site – now taken down – was named “Wall Street Market”. Cash and crypto-currencies were seized in this operation. The darknet is an internet area beyond the reach of mainstream search engines. Dutch police and the EU police agency Europol were also involved in smashing the network.

The German police arrested a 31-year-old man in Bad Vilbel, aged 22 in Kleve and aged 29 in Esslingen. Police say they seized the computers used to run the illegal market place, along with more than €550,000 (£472,000) in cash, more than €1m in the cryptocurrencies-Bitcoin and Monero, as well as expensive cars.

Investigators found more than 63,000 sale offers on the platform, more than 1.1 million customer accounts and more than 5,400 sellers.

The ecstasy pills and Colombian cocaine were advertised on the platform, with purity grades and various amounts on offer. Cocaine was offered at prices from €42 per gram, while hashish was sold for €11 per gram.

Investigators found a notice on the platform warning that sales of weapons or sex abuse images were prohibited. Similarly, Finnish customs took down an illegal site called Silkkitie – known as the Valhalla Marketplace. That was done with help from the French police.

The operators of Wall Street Market are said to have received commission payments of 2- 6% of the sales value.

CHALLENGE

Two prolific dark web marketplaces have been taken down in simultaneous global operations the Wall Street Market and the Silkkitie (known as the Valhalla Marketplace). Those responsible for the world’s second largest illegal online market in the dark web, Wall Street Market, were arrested in Germany. While two of the highest-selling suppliers of narcotics were arrested in the US. The key to the success of these two investigations was that Europol coordinated law enforcement activities across Europe and the US. This highlights the fact that such a dispersed crime with global perpetrators and customers, needs global law enforcement coordination in order to be defeated.

Smuggling drugs, weapons, and sex online fall under the umbrella of Cyber-crime. And so does online fraud. It is indeed a big threat to the economy and society. This is something that a common internet user is not ready for. Internet is the platform for all sorts of interactions and transactions. Most of the users use the internet out of need and not out of want.

The truth is that the criminals on the internet improvise quickly and the general public finds it very tough to catch up. Internet crime is as dangerous as real crime. It can range from terrorism recruiting, drug peddling, sex trafficking, weapon trafficking, child pornography, credit-card theft, including novel crimes such as email, phishing, virus spreading, cyberbullying, cyber-harassment, financial extortion, data theft, password hacking, personal data hacking, copyright violations, software piracy.

Cybercriminals are very good at hiding their tracks and are thus tough to catch. Investigating agencies around the world must upgrade their arsenal to deal with this novel crime.

WHY ICOGNATIVE?

To clear out the backlog in the cases, and to help serve justice speedily, investigators need a quick and effective way to screen suspects. Brainwave Science has achieved success in this field using a breakthrough technology called iCognative. It is millennia ahead of other forensic tools.  iCognative transforms the way suspects are interrogated, intelligence is gathered, suspects are convicted or freed. iCognative gives the investigators the power to identify and help exonerate suspects based on the measurement of their brain-wave response to crime-related images, words or phrases displayed on a computer screen. iCognative has been found to be over 99% accurate in its results.

The objective of Brainwave Science is to eliminate biases and invasive procedures from interrogation altogether. The prerequisite for iCognative is that investigation must have been conducted.

iCognative is a very fast and effective way to determine the truth in criminal or civil cases. As a matter of fact, it is applicable in more than 85% of all cases. In contrast, DNA and fingerprinting are only applicable in 1-2% of cases. Moreover, it is time-consuming, costly and labor intensive to gather biological samples.

iCognative relies on the simple principle that a human brain cannot lie. A technology which taps into the human brain is practically foolproof. A criminal or a witness has been exposed to the crime or its planning. Hence his or her brain will respond positively if crime-related stimuli are shown to them. iCognative is a highly sophisticated intelligence gathering mechanism, which can with high accuracy, determine if the test subject has awareness of the crime related pictures, words or phrases which he or she is being shown. A proprietary headset measures the brain responses to each stimulus and transmits it to the computer system running the iCognative system. Here, the brain responses are analyzed, and in less than 1 hour, the iCognative system indicates whether crime-related information is ‘present’ or ‘absent’ in the brain of the testee.

In the case of the smuggling of drugs using the dark web, the three arrested suspects can be made to undergo the iCognative test. This can help confirm their involvement and also open a Pandora’s box of information which can help to identify other criminals, reveal the modus operandi and possibly shut down illegal trade on the internet. There is a host of stimuli which can be used in the test including the visual of the darknet website which they are suspected of operating, recent customers, shipping details, their cellphone, and other communication details, etc. Germany battles drug

This test involves no torture and no verbal exchange between the test administrator and the testee. Trafficking criminals cannot hide when their brainwaves are willing to confess. iCognative can also corroborate evidence of human and drug trafficking even in the most complex rings. This test is a very useful method of finding out additional details about the criminal organization, its structure, and the position of the suspect in the hierarchy.

No other intelligence gathering mechanism is as effective in eliciting such information from a test subject. Germany battles drug

iCognative can be used to solve a multitude of cases such as counterfeiting, prostitution, sex offenses, cybercrime, insurance fraud, kidnapping, hijacking, etc. Because of the highly customizable nature of the iCognative system, it can be used globally by agencies for multiple functions and in virtually any of the local languages.

Investigative agencies love iCognative for its modern, scientific approach towards intelligence gathering. It is not only easy to use, but it’s easy to learn and teach as well.

The German, Finnish and Colombian Police investigating the online trafficking case can make great use of iCognative to gather invaluable insight and to end the rampant illegal trading online.

Main Source: BBC

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