Sunday, 26 June 2016

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A Scots computer hacker who used the 'dark web' to sell drugs has been ordered to pay £17,000 in compensation and carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.

David Trail set up and administered the Topix2 website, an online black market site which he used to buy and sell drugs including Diazepam from his home in Edinburgh's Fountain Park area.

Using some of the most sophisticated computer systems ever seen by Scottish police, the 26-year-old IT specialist also hacked into the computer system of his former employer, Scotweb, and accessed information and credit card details of a number of their customers.

His crimes only came to light after the FBI passed information to German police relating to a variety of concealed servers not easily accessible to normal users, which were linked to online drug marketplaces.

The Narcotics Squad of Police in Hesse, Germany, linked the Topix2 site to an individual in Scotland and contacted Police Scotland who, after further investigation, raided Trail's Edinburgh property on November 6, 2014.

A quantity of Diazepam was recovered along with evidence that Trail had been selling drugs to customers throughout Europe.

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