22 December 2015
A teenager from Cardiff has been given a 12 month sentence in a young offenders’ institution after he attempted to buy a handgun on the dark web.
The 17-year-old, who can’t be named for legal reasons, admitted attempting to import a handgun during a hearing at Cardiff Youth Court on 26 November.
The court heard he had tried to buy the Glock weapon from an illegal arms dealer in the United States.
When NCA investigators, assisted by specialist cyber crime officers from Tarian, the Southern Wales Regional Organised Crime Unit, raided his house in Cardiff they also found evidence that he had been involved in distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks using the ‘Lizard Stressor’ software.
He was additionally charged with offences under the Computer Misuse Act, which he also admitted.
At a hearing at Cardiff Crown Court on Tuesday 22 December he was sentenced to 12 months. He was also ordered to pay more than £1000 compensation to the victim of the DDoS attack.
Colin Williams, operations manager for the NCA in Wales, said:
“The ‘Dark Net’ provides criminals with a false sense of security. Some believe they are anonymous online and can act with impunity, whether they operate on the hidden or open internet.
“But many have found in recent months that this is not the case and they are not as anonymous as they believed.
“We work with international and UK law enforcement partners to bring to justice criminals who exploit perceived online anonymity.”