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August 21, 2021 at 9:12 am #36574natebloom8
Italian man ‘offered €10,000 in Bitcoin’ to maim ex-partner
Investigators in Rome have placed under house arrest a man who they say paid an attacker on the dark web to maim his ex-girlfriend.
The suspect is accused of offering €10,000 (£8,700; $12,000) in Bitcoin inturn for the attack, which will have paralysed the woman, police said.
He was traced by Italian authorities and the EU’s crime agency and the lady was unharmed.
The would-be attacker has not been identified.
What’s the man accused of?
“It seems like the plot of a modern thriller,” Italy’s Postal and Communication Police said in a statement.
The suspect, a 40-year-old IT expert from the northern region of Lombardy, is purported to have gone on the dark web some months after his relationship broke down in July 2020.
Police said he contacted an intermediary via a website on the dark web , seeking to hire an attacker to throw acid at his ex-girlfriend’s face and to break her back, leaving her paralysed.
Despite having made the first of four payments to the would-be attacker, the suspect remained touching his intended victim, sending her flowers and messages, based on police.
Italian news agency Adnkronos quoted the arrest warrant as saying that the attack was to be staged to check just like a robbery.
The suspect, who had held it’s place in a two-year relationship with the girl, had handed down her home address and Facebook profile, the news agency added.
How was he traced?
Italian authorities said these were alerted after messages from the suspect were intercepted by police from another European country in February.
The request had been placed through the Tor network – privacy-focused software used to access the dark web while often obscuring users and data.
However, EU crime agency Europol said it could carry out “an urgent, complex crypto-analysis to enable the tracing and identification” of the Bitcoin provider, located in Italy.
Italian police were then able to obtain hold of further factual statements about the suspect from the crypto-currency provider.
The suspect’s home in Milan was searched at the end of February, based on Italian media, and while the search unfolded he is then said to own called off the attack via his computer.
He is currently under house arrest, darkode reborn charged with aggravated harassment and attempted personal injury, reports say.