The deep web has long been blamed for the globalization of cyber-crime.
In recent years, malicious and illegal commercial activities in dark net market are increasingly becoming common in many countries around the world.
This has led to these platforms and their participants coming under increased pressure from authorities.
Germany seems to be currently on the forefront with their revamped crackdown on the deep web. Adding to the cases, was this month’s conviction of two German men accused of selling counterfeit Euro bills through deep web platforms.
24-year-old Arthur K and 22-year-old Daniel T. were both found guilty on the 12th October 2016.
Arthur K. is facing three years and two months prison sentence for commercial counterfeiting, while Daniel T. received a prison sentence of three years and six months for possession of stolen goods and commercial counterfeiting.
Arthur and Daniel were both arrested earlier this year following an investigation by Bavarian police.
Not much about the investigations had been revealed in the time before the convictions.
A local new source in Geisenhausen revealed that the investigation commenced when a man reported to the German authorities about the suspicious activities of the two convicts.
In this particular operation, German police conducted surveillance on the men to discover the location and subsequently searched the trash bags they were transporting.
The bags contained a large amount of counterfeit 50 Euro bills. This discovery warranted a raid on the said garage where most of the incriminating evidence was found.
The find was crucial in connecting Arthur and Daniel to deep web marketplaces and the currency counterfeiting operations.
The workshop contained inkjet printers, computers, large bundles of paper designated for printing euros, note treatment chemicals as well as cutting tools.
These and other items are often purchased in dark net markets and have resulted in an increase in counterfeit money crimes in Germany.
According to a report prepared by German Federal Criminal Police Agency (BKA), crimes involving fake currencies rose by more than 40 % in Germany in 2015. Online sellers were partly blamed for the findings.
The report noted that through dark net markets, people could buy fake notes, security features as well as instructions and materials needed to make currency copies.
In the same year, these notes cost Germany millions, according to the Bundesbank, the country’s central bank.
These reports also revealed that the 50 Euro banknotes, the same as the ones found with Arthur and Daniel, are the bills that are counterfeited particularly often.
The German police were able to make the connection to the deep web following the discovery of postal documents that showed the online transactions.
The fake notes are said to be currently in circulation in Austria, Netherland, and Switzerland.
At this moment, it is not yet clear if they will be charged with additional crimes but it is quite likely.
The two men were apparently very cooperative with the authorities and perhaps that could work in their favor.
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