A 26 year old Australian woman has allegedly paid darkweb assassins to kill her parents. She has been charged with attempted murder.
The woman, who is from Canberra in Australia’s Capital Territory, is understood to be motivated by financial gain. She agreed to pay $20,000 to assassinate both of her parents in September 2020, she had already paid $6,000 when police arrested her.
A tip-off from an international journalist , alerted police to the double murder plot. On Monday, December 14, 2020, police officers executed a search warrant at her house, she was charged with two counts of attempted murder and attempting to incite murder. She was also charged for burglary and one count of theft for stealing $15,00 from her parents in September 2020.
Policing Acting Sergeant Beth McMullen described the case as “very unusual”. She said:
We were able to obtain information to suggest that a payment was paid over the dark web,…Police believe the actual site itself is fraudulent, however we needed to be very conscious of the frame of mind of the person who made the payment and what that person might be looking at doing in the future. The victims were very shocked, and understandably concerned,…We took steps to ensure their safety.
A journalist was conducting an enquiry into the darkweb when he took notice of the payment, the journalist saw the payment and details to the would be killer that outlined how the victims would be targeted. The journalist tipped off Australian police and the proceeded to monitor her online activity and bank records.
Two months later, obtained a warrant and raided her residence. They seized computer equipment, to aid the investigation. The police is now trying to apprehend the administrators of the website. It appears that the website is no longer active.
This is the first time that anyone in Australia is being charged for trying to murder someone through the darkweb.
A 36 year old woman in Nevada, U.S.A., was indicted in November 2020, over a murder plan. She paid 12 bitcoin which was valued at approximately $5,000 USD at the time of payment. The money was paid to a website belonging to a darknet hit-man. She was trying to murder her husband. Investigators arrested the woman after she they were provided with copies of messages that she exchanged with the administrator of the website.
The website turned out to be a fraudulent website.
According to experts and law enforcers, these websites are mostly scams. A scam where victims are unable to report to law enforcement, even when they lose thousands of dollars.
The head of research at security firm Terbium Labs,Emily Wilson, said “It’s a fantastic opportunity to defraud people because you give them just enough sense of danger,”. “What are you going to do if they don’t go through with it?”
Assassinations have been successfully commissioned on the darknet at large, but no actual murders have ever been arranged via one of the dedicated hit-man-for-hire sites.
A lot of the darkweb markets actively ban murder for hire and assassination services on their markets.