Cardiff Teen Locked Up for Trying To Buy Gun on Dark Web

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Posted by: Benjamin Vitáris

December 29, 2015

A 17-year-old teen in Cardiff has been sentenced to 12 months of juvenile prison for trying to buy a Glock handgun from a dark net vendor residing in the United States. In addition to that, when the NCA raided his house where the 17-year-old lived, law enforcement authorities found evidence on the computer, which showed that he was involved in a DDoS attack that led to the shutdown of some web pages.

The teenager admitted the attempt to import a firearm along other offences (such as the DDoS) under the Computer Misuse Act. The sentence of the 17-year-old which was given by the Cardiff Youth Court on December 22 was: 12-months in a young offenders’ institution and forced to pay £1,000 in the form of reparations to the victim of the DDoS attack.

Colin Williams, operations manager of the NCA in Wales made this statement regarding the case:

“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.”

Updated: 2015-12-29