Protecting one’s identity on the darknet while selling illegal goods requires a lot more than using cryptocurrency. Dosensupper, a well-known arms dealer on illegal marketplaces, has been sentenced to five and a half years in prison for his darknet activities. He was not held accountable for being involved in the transaction for the gun of the recent Munich shooting, though.

Dosensupper quickly made a name for himself by selling guns to everyone and anyone who could pay the right price. One of his transactions revolved around a machine gun to a British customer, who attempted to commit murder with it. Additionally, some of his other transactions had other less-positive run-ins with the media as well.

Dark Net Vendor Dosensupper Goes To Jail For A While

One thing Dosensupper was not held accountable for is the recent Munich shooting. Government officials still claim the gun used was purchased from the darknet, albeit there is zero evidence to back up those claims right now.  The deep web vendor did not supply the weapon used in this attack, even though it was one train of thought by the investigators at some point.

Being handed a five-and-a-half year prison sentence will give this darknet vendor plenty of time to come to terms with the choices he made in life. While he pleaded he would distance himself from guns in the future, it remains to be seen how long that promise will last. After running such a successful and lucrative business for several years, it will be difficult to leave it all behind when he gets out of jail again.

As one would come to expect, the majority of Dosensupper’s transactions were paid for in Bitcoin. Many darknet users assume this will shield their identity from prying eyes, but Bitcoin is neither anonymous or privacy-centric. Using cryptocurrency did not prevent one of his packages from being intercepted at Cologne airport in 2014.

The deep web lends itself towards all type of activity, albeit it is often seen as a place for criminals to hang out. While that is certainly one aspect of the darknet, there is much more going on than just illegal trades. Unfortunately, only the negative news is highlighted in the press now and then, as media outlets can use it to give Bitcoin an even worse name that way.

Source: DDW

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