The latest news about the largest darkweb forum Deutschland has shaken many users of the same. As the information goes, the administrator of the German darkweb forum named Deutschland im Deep Web (DIDW) has been sentenced at the district court of Karlsruhe where he is sentenced to six years of imprisonment for all the crimes that are linked to the Deutschland forum and also to the 2016 Munich shooting. The Federal Court has rejected the convicted forum administrator’s appeal and has finalized the sentence of six years behind the bars.
Deutschland im Deep Web (DIDW) has made a major headline in July of 2016 when an 18-year-old boy named David Sonboly had opened fire on 14 people in a shooting spree inside the Olympia Mall of Munich. Due to this attack, nine people had lost their lives. A couple of days following the incident, the media outlets and as well as the law enforcement has come to know that the 18-year-old had purchased a Glock pistol as well as 9mm ammunition from one of the vendors of Germany’s largest dark web forum, Deutschland im Deep Web. This not so unexpected discovery has led to an intense crackdown on the German dark web activity and a thorough investigation into the gun vendor with whom Sonboly is in contact. As German law enforcement got hold of the vendor, he arrested the sole administrator of the Deutschland forum im Deep Web.
The admin who has been known to the Deutschland forum users by the pseudonym Lucky or Luckyspax had set up several sub-categories in order to promote narcotics and distribute weapons, as stated by an announcement from the Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe. Although, Lucky has moderated the Deutschland im Deep Web forum with a hands-down unique approach, yet the prosecutors have alleged that he knew about the activities and has actively promoted the sale of the narcotics and firearms as well. The German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) has arrested Lucky from his apartment in the Karlsruhe against aiding and as well as abetting the illicit trade in the narcotics and weapons.
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Months following the arrest of the administrator and the initial indictment for his impressive involvement in weapon trafficking and narcotics, the Mannheim public prosecutor’s office had added nine counts of the negligent homicide and negligent assault in connection with the Munich shooting that was held in 2016. The court has recognized that Lucky aka Luckyspax had no role in the actual shooting and that Sonboly had not involved anyone else in his attack except himself. That was not enough to justify Lucky of the guilt, in the court’s opinion.
DIDW or Deutschland im Deep Web had surfaced in the media in 2015 as well in connection with the 13 November attacks in Paris. The forum’s involvement in the case had much less of an impact on the media and it had gone largely unreported compared to the reports about DIDW following the Munich shooting in 2016. After the Paris attack, Lucky had temporarily disabled the weapons categories on the DIDW in an attempt to curb media interest in the site for some time then. The court had ruled that this action proved Lucky had an understanding of what could happen if the wrong person purchased a firearm from an anonymous vendor on a darkweb forum, especially from the Deutschland forum.
The German Federal Criminal Police Office has indulged in some newsworthy tactics during the investigation of the Deutschland administrator. Following a fairly typical OPSEC failure, they have managed to identify Lucky. Soon after identifying the administrator, they have devised a plan to keep him involved and logged into the server hosting of DIDW. They even have launched a hacking campaign without any order from the court that had permitted them to collect any evidence through the campaign. A testification was done by an investigator in the court that said since they knew the software running forum; they knew that certain types of the attack would fail. The BKA had only attacked the forum in various ways they knew would somehow fail.
Although the six-year prison sentence ends the case against DIDW, yet the vendors, as well as the customers, are facing charges throughout Germany. Here is the archived press release for the same.
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