David Trail (26), the administrator of the dark net drug dealing website Topix2, was sentenced to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and pay £17,000 compensation at Edinburgh Sheriff Court. He administered the dark web website from his home at Fountain Park, which was used to sell illegal substances to customers. In addition to this, Trail hacked to one of his former employer’s computer and stolen credit card details and other information of the employer’s customers.
Trail was traced down first by the FBI, who transferred information to German authorities of concealed servers not easily accessible to normal users, which were linked to online drug marketplaces. After that, the police narcotics squad in Hesse, Germany, linked the Topix2 site to an individual in Scotland and contacted Scottish law enforcement authorities about Trail. Authorities in Scotland obtained a warrant and searched the man’s home at November 6, 2014, where a quantity of diazepam was recovered along with evidence that Trail had been selling drugs to customers throughout Europe.
Police found the man’s computer as being “very sophisticated with operating systems that would require an advanced level of skill to use”. The keyboard was blank and had been customized