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The EU to Hire Hackers and Ex-Drug Users to Stop Darknet Drug Trafficking

Alexis Goosdeel, chief of The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), announced a new approach to fighting darknet drug sales. On January 4, Goosdeel spoke to the Belgian newspaper Le Soir about a newly drafted strategy aimed solely at the buying and selling of darknet-traced drugs. And according to Le Soir, the strategy, while not due for ... Read More »

Cybercrime Investigator Says Police Use “Covert Investigators” to Catch Darknet Vendors

The Attorney General at the Central Office for Combatting Cybercrime (ZIT), spoke with two famed ARD journalists about handling darknet crime. Both reporters, Annette Dittert and Daniel Moßbrucker, previously created a documentary on the darknet. While their interview with the ZIT’s Attorney General, Andrew May, covered the same topics, the interview and documentary were separate projects. Weapons, drugs, and child ... Read More »

Three Silk Road Vendors Convicted for Online Drug Distribution

A federal jury in Orlando, Florida, found Julian Villa-Gomez Lemus, a 31-year-old from Visalia, CA, guilty of selling drugs via the darknet. Previously—or very shortly before but within the same week—Julian Villa-Gomez Lemus watched his conspirators plead guilty for the same or very similar crimes. All of the defendants shared a conviction: conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. However, the degree ... Read More »

German Arrested for Buying Ammo on the Darknet

In Mettmann—East of Düsseldorf in the North Rhine-Westphalia state, a 45-year-old IT specialist fell under law enforcement’s scope of suspects for online firearms purchases. The Customs Office of Essen opened the investigation into the suspect but made no mention of how the 45-year-old became a suspect. The Customs Office started investigating the Mettmanner and inspectors from the Customs Office are ... Read More »

The Legitimacy of the Latest FBI Hack is Still Being Questioned

A hacker known as CyberZeist, for the second time, hacked the Federal Bureau of Investigation and uploaded account information to Pastebin, according to RT. CyberZeist (CZ), in 2011, breached the FBI’s security with a phishing scam. Internet users attributed the hack to Anonymous—and Anonymous claimed credit for it. Like the 2011 occurrence, Anonymous received lots of attention, thanks to the ... Read More »

Two Englishmen Sentenced for Downloading Child Pornography from the Darknet

On January 5, both Exeter Crown Court and York Crown Court in England saw two separate cases of defendants who used the darknet to access child pornography. In one case, a 40-year-old from Birchy Barton Hill, Exeter, pleaded guilty to three counts of downloading or viewing child pornography. In the other case, Martin Richard Shepherd, a 45-year-old hospital IT employee, ... Read More »

West Virginian Sentenced for Trafficking 400KG Marijuana, Most Via Postal Carriers

On January 3, 2017, 27-year-old Parker Wyatt Mays received a prison sentence of one year and one day for his admitted participation in an intranational drug trafficking ring. The 27-year-old from Huntington, West Virginia, pleaded guilty to marijuana distribution in late August 2016. The Drug Enforcement Administration pursued Mays and a large list of co-conspirators in an ongoing, long-term investigation. ... Read More »

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Signal for Android Updated to Bypass Censorship in Cuba and Oman

Open Whisper Systems (OWS), the group behind the Signal, encrypted messaging app endorsed by Edward Snowden, updated their Android app to circumvent censorship in Cuba and Oman. The circumvention of such Internet blocking is not a new concept—engineers built Tor for the same reasons. Likewise, this is nothing new for OWS either. In Mid-December, they executed a similar method of ... Read More »

Firefox 52 Adds a Tor-Like Font Whitelist to Prevent Fingerprinting through OS Fonts

Researchers from Mozilla scheduled a release for a stable build of Firefox 52—this build’s significance came from a Tor-esque privacy implementation. In the user-submitted bug report, Bug 1121643 from 2015, a user posted that a system’s fonts exposed information about that user. Then, Tor developers, as another user commented, issued a patch to “Bug #13313: Pref ‘font.system.whitelist.’” Tor’s patch to ... Read More »

Valencia Police Catch a Darknet Child Pornography Downloader

Agents of the National Police Force (Cuerpo Nacional de Policía) arrested a 34-year-old suspected of owning child pornography in Valencia, Spain. By currently unknown and undocumented means, officers located a computer filled with child pornography. According to the Provincial Police of Valencia, the National Police Force made the taskforce aware “of computer files of sexual content in a computer tower.” ... Read More »

Countries in Africa Started Internet Blackouts After Encrypted Messenger Use Increased

In December 2016, we reported several social network blackouts in Turkey. And not just social networks; the Turkish government blocked Tor and VPN use permanently. The social media blackout lasted only 12-hours, but the Tor ban is here to stay. Quartz Africa reported something similar; government-caused internet blackouts became the norm—not the one-off exception. The blackouts often landed during critical ... Read More »

Officers In Bengaluru Report 100% Increase in Drug Crimes From 2015

In Bengaluru, India, police officers reported a 100 percent increase in the number of narcotic-related arrests during 2016, compared to the arrest numbers from 2015. In 2016, officers arrested 289 individuals, both buyers and sellers. In stark contrast, officers only busted 141 people in 2015. The type of drug remained the same—from marijuana to LSD. Police attributed the increase to ... Read More »

Parts of Germany See Decline in Counterfeit Use

Counterfeit euros, according to law enforcement worldwide—but especially in Germany—circulated more rapidly than ever before. The notes became readily accessible to the public because of the increased usage of darknet marketplaces and other similar shops. Many reports from law enforcement agencies throughout Germany announced seemingly contradictory data regarding counterfeit euros. The German Federal Police Office announced that counterfeit bills circulated ... Read More »

Security Researchers Found a “One-Stop-Shop” for Hacking Tools on Command and Control Server

Security researchers from Kaspersky Lab’s Secure List described the accidental discovery of a “one-stop-shop” for hacking tools. The Kaspersky Lab team intercepted traffic from machines infected with the Hawkeye RAT and “stumbled upon an interesting domain.” They found a command and control server that saved the keylog data provided by the HawEye RAT. The server additionally sold hacking software, tools, ... Read More »

LKA Warns Of “Invoice Fraud” Emails That Deploy Ransomware When Opened

The State Criminal Police Office or Landeskriminalamt (LKA) in Rhineland-Palatinate issued a state-wide warning regarding fraudulent emails. They covered several types of email fraud in the announcement, including ransomware from the darknet and the classic email phishing schemes. The announcement also served as a guide on detecting these emails—the LKA warned that they often appear to come from someone unexpected ... Read More »