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#deepweb | Dark Web Fentanyl trafficker, ‘The Drug Llama,’ sentenced to 13 years in federal prison

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ST. LOUIS -Melissa Scanlan, known as ‘The Drug Llama,’ has been sentenced to 160 months in federal prison in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois for trafficking fentanyl throughout the United States via the ‘dark web,’ engaging in an international money laundering conspiracy, and distributing fentanyl that results in death.

This case was part of a months-long, coordinated national operation involving the Drug Enforcement Administration St. Louis Division, the Food and Drug Administration – Office of Criminal Investigations, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Department of Homeland Security, United States Customs and Border Protection, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California, and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Illinois.

‘With accessibility of fentanyl, it is imperative that the Drug Enforcement Administration and its law enforcement partners exploit all distribution avenues utilized by drug traffickers in Scanlan’s case,’ said DEA St. Louis Division Special Agent in Charge William J. Callahan. ‘Scanlan distributed poison in our community that resulted in death and she is now being held accountable.’

The crimes for which Scanlan was sentenced are as follows: one count of conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, five counts of distributing fentanyl, one count of selling counterfeit drugs, one count of misbranding drugs, one count of conspiracy to commit international money laundering, and one count of distribution of fentanyl resulting in death. The 32-year old San Diego native pleaded guilty to those charges in October 2019. Scanlan’s co-conspirator, Brandon Arias, 34, was previously sentenced to nine years in federal prison for his role in the conspiracy.

Facts disclosed in open court revealed that Scanlan and Arias created an account on ‘Dream Market,’ a dark web marketplace where users buy and sell illegal substances and services, and used that account to sell substantial quantities of narcotics while operating under the moniker, ‘The Drug Llama.’ The charged fentanyl distribution conspiracy lasted from October 2016 to August 2018, during which time Scanlan sold approximately 52,000 fentanyl pills throughout the United States.

According to court records, Scanlan and Arias made over $100,000 from their dark web drug trafficking and split the money evenly. Court records also demonstrated Scanlan’s participation in an international money laundering conspiracy with Mexican cartel members, as well as her role in aiding and abetting the distribution of fentanyl pills to a woman identified as A.W., who later died.

Commenting on the case, U.S. Attorney Steven D. Weinhoeft assailed the culture of criminality that exists on the dark web.

‘Criminals like Melissa Scanlan who recklessly flood our communities with opioids may think they can evade detection in the shadowy corners and back alleys of the internet,’ said U.S. Attorney Weinhoeft. ‘But they will find no quarter there. Where they go, we will follow. With the collaboration of outstanding investigators at our partner agencies, we will use every tool and method available to find these people and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.’

‘Illicit opioid distribution, whether online or through conventional drug distribution methods, and the resulting overdoses and deaths, are a continuing national crisis. Those who contribute to that crisis through their illegal actions will be brought to justice,’ said Special Agent in Charge Charles L. Grinstead, FDA Office of Criminal Investigations Kansas City Field Office. ‘We are fully committed to disrupting and dismantling illegal prescription drug distribution networks that misuse the internet at the expense of public health and safety.’

The dark web is an underground computer network that is unreachable by traditional search engines and web browsers, creating a seeming anonymity to users. This false cloak has led to a proliferation of criminal activity on dark web marketplaces, like the one used by Scanlan and Arias.



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Hackers Behind GozNym Malware Sentenced for Stealing $100 Million

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GozNym Banking Malware

Three members of an international organized cybercrime group that was behind a multi-million dollar theft primarily against U.S. businesses and financial institutions have been sentenced to prison, the U.S. Justice Department announced.

The criminals used the GozNym banking Trojan to break into more than 4,000 victim computers globally, primarily in the United States and Europe, between 2015 and 2016, and fraudulently steal nearly $100 million from their banking accounts.

In May this year, Europol dismantled the cybercrime network behind GozNym, with the United States issuing charges against a total of ten members of the group, 5 of which were arrested at that time, while five others, including the developer of GozNym, remain at the run.

In a federal court in Pittsburgh on Friday, Krasimir Nikolov, one of the group’s members, was sentenced to a period of time served after having served over 39 months in prison for his role as an “account takeover specialist” in the scheme, and will now be transferred to Bulgaria.

Nikolov, 47, was arrested in September 2016 by Bulgarian authorities and extradited to Pittsburgh in December 2016 to face federal charges of criminal conspiracy, computer fraud, and bank fraud.

“Nikolov used the victims’ stolen online banking credentials captured by GozNym malware to access victims’ online bank accounts and attempt to steal victims’ money through electronic transfers into bank accounts controlled by fellow conspirators,” the DoJ said in a press release.

Two other GozNym group members sentenced on Friday—Alexander Konovolov and Marat Kazandjian—also participated in the scheme and sentenced to seven and five years of imprisonment, respectively. Both were arrested and prosecuted in Georgia.

While Konovolov served as a primary organizer and leader of the GozNym network that controlled over 41,000 infected computers and recruited cybercriminals using underground online criminal forums, Kazandjian was his primary assistant and technical administrator.

GozNym is a notorious banking Trojan that was developed by combining two known powerful Trojans, Gozi ISFB malware—a banking Trojan that first appeared in 2012, and Nymaim—a Trojan downloader that can also function as ransomware.

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The malware, primarily delivered via massive malspam campaigns to hack on victims’ Windows PCs, waits for victims to enter their banking passwords into their web browser, captures them, and then used them to break into victims’ bank accounts and fraudulently transfer funds to their own accounts.

GozNym malware network was hosted and operated through “Avalanche” bulletproof service, whose administrator was arrested in Ukraine during a search in November 2016.

“This new paradigm involves unprecedented levels of cooperation with willing and trusted law enforcement partners around the world who share our goals of searching, arresting, and prosecuting cyber criminals no matter where they might be,” said U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady.

The victims of this cybercrime network were primarily U.S. businesses and their financial institutions, including a number of victims located in the Western District of Pennsylvania, though the DoJ did not name any.

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#hacking | Man sentenced for hacking LA court system

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who hacked Los Angeles County court computers, sent 2 million malicious phishing emails and stole hundreds of credit card numbers has been sentenced in Los Angeles.

Oriyomi Aloba received a 12-year federal prison sentence Monday.

Authorities say the 33-year-old Katy, Texas, resident hacked the Superior Court computer system in 2017, compromised one worker’s email account and used it to send out phishing emails that obtained email addresses and passwords from hundreds of other workers.

Their accounts were then used to send out 2 million emails pretending to be from American Express, Wells Fargo and other companies to obtain banking and credit card information.


Prosecutors say Aloba’s hacking substantially disrupted the court system at a cost of tens of thousands of dollars.

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Hacker who Infiltrated American Military Systems gets Sentenced

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Suttong Coldfield based Sean Caffrey pleaded guilty to a crime within the purview of Computer Misuse Act during June while facing Birmingham Crown Court following which the jury sentenced him with imprisonment for 18 months along with an 18-month suspension. Caffrey, aged 25, a British resident and PC-hacker acquired illegitimate…

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Man sentenced for role in Regina mail, identity theft scheme

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Less than a month after his associate was jailed for an identity theft scheme involving stolen mail and forged documents, the second man involved received his own prison term. This isn’t the first time James Donald Provost — who has a record of more than 200 convictions — has been…

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Former Bergen Man Sentenced For Role In $65M ID Theft, Tax Scheme

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BERGEN COUNTY, NJ — A former Demarest resident was sentenced to 17 months in federal prison for his role in a $65 million stolen identity and income tax refund scheme, authorities announced. Roberto Diaz, 48, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi to aggravated identity theft, theft…

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Former Ascutney Resident Sentenced on Child Pornography Charges

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Leader of Russian ‘Humpty Dumpty’ hackers sentenced to two years in prison

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A court in Moscow sentenced Vladimir Anikeev to two years in prison on Thursday for leaking the hacked correspondence of senior Kremlin officials and members of the Russian elite. Mr Anikeev had earlier pled guilty to being the ringleader of the shadowy online collective Shaltai-Boltai, or Humpty Dumpty, in a…

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Man Sentenced for Money Laundering in Massive Hacking Scheme

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A Pakistani man has been sentenced to four years in prison for laundering nearly $20 million as part of an international computer and telephone hacking scheme. Muhammad Sohail Qasmani, formerly of Bangkok, Thailand, had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He was sentenced to…

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Bala Cynwyd man sentenced to prison for hacking water utilities

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Bala Cynwyd man sentenced to prison for hacking water utilities

A 42-year-old Montgomery County man has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison for hacking computers that caused a business disruption to municipal water utilities, prosecutors said Thursday. Adam Flanagan, of Bala Cynwyd, had pleaded guilty in March to two counts of unauthorized access to a…

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