One French national was recently arrested for selling narcotics on the dark web – after the police were able to trace his criminal activities through his Bitcoin accounts. The police arrested the 36-year old Gal Vallerius at the Atlanta airport (United States) while he was traveling to attend a beard and mustache competition.
The news comes from a publication named Bleeping Computer, where Vallerius was reportedly using the name OxyMonster on the Dark Web, establishing a “tip jar” on the Dream Market marketplace and not using the internal payment systems via a transaction anonymizer for collecting his tips.
The police, on the other hand, was actively looking over the transactions coming in the tip jar – and saw how they are going to Bitcoin wallets which were owned by Vallerius. Even 15 out of 17 outgoing transactions from the tip jar went to the wallets that Vallerius owned – and the police also found similarities between Vallerius’ and OxyMonster’s writing style online.
The final clash was at the Atlanta airport, when the US border agents seized Vallerius’ laptop during last fall and were able to confirm that he was OxyMonster. The authorities also found sign-up info, login credentials for the Dream Market and bitcoin wallets connected to the OxyMonster vendor accounts.
OxyMonster was the pseudonym Vallerius used to sell cocaine, fentanyl, LSD, oxycodone and Methamphetamine.
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