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Police Arrest Reliance Jio “Hacker” in Under 24 Hours

In early July, a hacker leaked the data of Reliance Jio customers through a clearnet website. The site revealed a subscriber’s name, subscription date, and account email address. Reliance, however, denied that any breach had occurred. Internet users then spotted an Alphabay vendor selling info on 120 million users of a “large Indian telecommunications company.” After denying that anyone compromised ... Read More »

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Glock Vendor Headed to Trial for Role in Munich Shootings

In late 2016, the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office of Frankfurt charged a darknet weapons vendor with negligent homicide and negligent bodily harm. The vendor—known as Philipp K., a 32-year-old from Marburg—admitted providing Ali David Sonboly, the Munich gunman, with a Glock 17. The Prosecutor’s Office had, at the time, charged the vendor with only weapon crimes. Roughly one year after ... Read More »

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Specialist Claims Successful Coin Mining Days are Gone

  At the Research and Applied AI Summit in London, the director of technology at Darktrace spoke of a bank server that a European crime syndicate hijacked to mine Bitcoin. The incident contrasted the machine learning company’s findings for recent Bitcoin mining—he explained that the era of secretive Bitcoin mining had passed. Professional enterprises with dedicated servers dominated the sector ... Read More »

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EU Report: Criminals Lack the Skill to Use Cryptocurrencies

A recent EU SNRA report [pdf] outlined the current risks in the terrorist financing (TF) and money laundering (ML) sectors. The European Commission report briefly outlined virtual currencies (VCs) and then boldly claimed that “criminal organizations” avoided them due to the “high technology required.” Criminals want to use virtual currencies such as Bitcoin, Monero, or Litecoin—but the currencies are too ... Read More »

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24.7.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

A Globally Coordinated Operation Just Took Down Alphabay and Hansa The events over the past three weeks were not unrelated to Alphabay’s downtime, law enforcement agencies revealed on July 20. Although even before the announcement, the world learned that Alexandre Cazes’s death was directly linked to an investigation into Alphabay and even alpha02. Law enforcement agencies spoke with Martin Cazes, ... Read More »

Dealers in India Busted, Resold Drugs from US Vendor

On July 2, Hyderabad police arrested three men for LSD and MDMA importation and distribution. The men ordered the drugs from a darknet supplier in Chicago and then distributed them amongst dozens of dealers. The dealers, in turn, spread the drugs throughout Hyderabad and Secunderabad where college students and members of the film industry. Police arrested Calvin Mascarenhas, Abdul Wahed, ... Read More »

Finland’s Biggest Ex-Vendor Sentenced to Prison

Throughout 2016, Finnish Customs investigated a major drug distributor. They intercepted packages of outgoing mail and cars of incoming drugs. By the end of the year, Customs narrowed the suspect list down to three names. Officers arrested the correct suspect; the darknet marketplace vendor was the largest in the region at the time—his name was Douppikauppa. Douppikauppa, in July 2017, ... Read More »

Berlin Darknet Vendors Sentenced to Prison

Not even three months after their wedding, Daniel B. and Juliana B. landed in police custody for drug distribution. In November 2016, police in Berlin arrested the couple after an investigation into suspicious banking activity led to the discovery that the partners sold drugs on darknet marketplaces. And finally, in July, the judge handed down their punishments. Daniel, the 35-year-old ... Read More »

Texas Playpen Member Found Guilty of All Charges

Like dozens of the defendants caught in the FBI’s “Operation Pacifier,” 39-year-old Daryl Glenn Pawlak fought the case with vigor. He opposed the FBI’s use of the NIT that connected his username to his company computer. He first accessed “Playpen,” the child sexual abuse forum, in August 2014, according to a grand jury indictment returned in 2016. Between August 2014 ... Read More »

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A Globally Coordinated Operation Just Took Down Alphabay and Hansa

On July 20, “after a globally coordinated operation” between law enforcement agencies worldwide, the United States Department of Justice announced the takedown of Alphabay and Hansa marketplace. Other countries involved in the takedown held their own press events, and one announcement in particular came with an unexpected twist. Dutch law enforcement, unaware to much of the world, took control of ... Read More »

Texas Playpen Member Found Guilty of All Charges

Like dozens of the defendants caught in the FBI’s “Operation Pacifier,” 39-year-old Daryl Glenn Pawlak fought the case with vigor. He opposed the FBI’s use of the NIT that connected his username to his company computer. He first accessed “Playpen,” the child sexual abuse forum, in August 2014, according to a grand jury indictment returned in 2016. Between August 2014 ... Read More »

Netherlands Police Bust Three Darknet Traffickers

In early July, the National Police in North Holland raided eight locations in Amsterdam, Amstelveen, and Zandvoort. The searches were part of a January investigation into darknet vendors from the area. Police captured three suspects in their homes; the other locations contained drugs, firearms, cash, and manufacturing materials. The police explained that in September 2016, the Specialized Post / Parcel ... Read More »

BKA Seized a Darknet Child Abuse Forum

For five weeks, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office in Frankfurt announced, German law enforcement investigated a darknet child abuse forum. The forum, known as “Elysium,” only appeared in December of last year. However, between December 2016 and July 2017, the forum had already attracted 87,000 members. On July 6, the Prosecutor’s Office announced that law enforcement removed the site and arrested ... Read More »

Tudge: Vendor Has a ‘Small Number’ of Medicare Numbers

In July, a Guardian journalist, Paul Farrell, reported that he had recently bought his Medicare number from a darknet market vendor. Minister for Human Services, Alan Tudge, called the theft a “traditional” one not a cybersecurity breach. He then called upon the Australian Federal Police for assistance. Farrell found a vendor on (the now non existant) Alphabay who sold stolen Australian ... Read More »

UN Says the Darknet Threatens WMD Proliferation

At a high level debate of the Security Council in June, the UN Under-Secretary-General of Disarmament Affairs, Izumi Nakamitsu, expressed concerns regarding non-proliferation issues. She called for cooperation between member states in working towards the goal of weapons of mass destruction disarmament. One of the growing threats, she explained, was that of a non-state actors obtaining WMDs from the darknet. ... Read More »