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Glove Use Key to Arrest of Alleged Darknet Drug Trafficker


Cybersecurity , Encryption , Technology

Glove Use Key to Arrest of Alleged Darknet Drug Trafficker Post Office Flagged Alleged Tor-Using Fentanyl Seller for How He Handled Packages Mathew J. Schwartz (euroinfosec) • March 21, 2017 Chukwuemeka "Emeka" Okparaeke allegedly mailed contraband-containing envelopes from post offices such as this one in Middletown, N.Y. (Photo: Google)

A man who allegedly posted stories about a "darknet drug trafficker" on Reddit, and used a smartphone with a Tor proxy and VPN app installed, has been arrested and charged with distributing narcotics after U.S. Postal Service employees noticed that he was mailing a large number of envelopes while wearing latex gloves.

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The arrest is a reminder that investigators can still track and arrest suspects, even when they use anonymizing technologies, encryption or cryptocurrency, by, relying on trained observers to report suspicious activity,...(continued)

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