Dark Web stories: Gurtej Randhawa, 19, of Wightwick in the West Midlands, England, was probably not very smart. In May, he was surrounded by police after possessing an alleged improvised explosive device he ordered from the Dark Web. Police say he was arrested while trying to seize the bomb.
Officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA) of the United Kingdom said they had changed the package with an electrical device and delivered it to the address given by Randhawa.
Randhawa pleaded guilty to the charge of importing explosives but refused to admit that the explosives were intended to cause death or serious injury. But the court (Birmingham Crown Court) found him guilty of all charges last Tuesday.
"The explosive device that Randhawa tried to buy online could cause serious damage and kill many people if he used it." said Tim Gregory of the NCA.
"He is not involved in organized crime and is not linked to terrorism, but he is clearly an individual who poses a significant risk to the community. "Arresting people like Randhawa - who seek access to illegal firearms and firearms in general - is a priority for the NCA and we will not stop trying to ensure that they are arrested and held accountable for their actions."
To mention that no one knows how the police tracked down Randhawa, but it does not seem to have been that difficult.
Detection of his activity could have started directly from the Dark Web, or it is very likely that the bomb was detected by the mail system and exchanged by security for a fake device.
However, it could be a proof that the police can break into encrypted anonymous networks, such as Tor, which are the foundation of the Dark Web.