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Russian Tor Exit Node Operator Arrested

On April Fools Day, Russian authorities began an investigation into posts made online calling for protests in Moscow on April 2nd. Later that week authorities arrested Dmitry Bogatov, a math teacher at the Moscow Law and Finance University, on suspicion that he violated section 3 of Article 212 of the Russian criminal code. Under that section of Article 212, Bogatov ... Read More »

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Convicted Narcotic Vendor Shiny Flakes Testifies In Fellow Vendor Chemical Love’s Case

Recently, Maximilian S., AKA. “Shiny Flakes”, testified in the case of the “Chemical Love” vendor group. According to court documents, on April 10, the 22-year-old Maximilian S., who was convicted for running the Shiny Flakes vendor shop on the dark web selling narcotics, testified at the Landau District Court in Germany in the case of the Chemical Love vendor group. ... Read More »

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Major Bust In Taiwan: Police Seized 511 Kilograms Of Ketamine

Law enforcement authorities in Taiwan seized approximately 511 kilograms of ketamine, which they believe to be originated from the dark web. According to a local news source, the Taipei City Police seized large amounts of LSD and 551 kilograms of ketamine in Taipei, Taiwan (Republic of China or ROC), which law enforcement authorities estimate would be enough for at least ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup April 30, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Understanding Antbleed, bitcoin’s new controversy After the AsicBoost controversy, bitcoin now has the antbleed controversy to deal with. Essentially, a mining chip vulnerability involving controversial company Bitmain could be used to remotely shut down bitcoin mining hardware, as the company added a “backdoor” that allows them to control hardware ... Read More »

Two Guilty Pleas from Area51 and DarkApollo

In 2016, a law enforcement agent with the Central California Darknet Strike Force Investigated two Alphabay vendors: Area51 and DarkApollo. The case provided a look at the way some vendors handled customer information, as well as their own. After what seemed like an incredibly short amount of time for a case against a darknet vendor, Abudullah Almashwali, pleaded guilty to ... Read More »

What is a User Activated Soft Fork?

We’re at crosspoint in the Bitcoin journey, where it is up to members of the community to decide what Bitcoin will become and how it will adapt to its growing user base. In the future, we’ll probably look back at this as another page in a long history book and be proud to have been part of this technological revolution. ... Read More »

Belgian Researcher: Authorities Should Be Prepared For The Breakthrough Of Cryptocurrencies

According to a researcher, all Belgian investigation services, the tax inspection to law enforcement authorities, must prepare for the breakthrough of virtual money. Dirk Dierickx, head of the E-Audit of the Belgian tax authorities who specializes in both bitcoins and altcoins, stated that since virtual currencies are not regulated, they are very susceptible to fraud. The researcher shared his experiences ... Read More »

Internet Privacy Law Causing Increase in VPN Subscribers

We covered and closely followed the so-called “joint resolution” law that stripped American citizens of a previously established Internet privacy rule; The US Senate, at the time, voted to overrule orders from the FCC last year. The bill passed. To the dissatisfaction of many, the House too passed S.J.Res.34. The President signed the bill and internet users, even those who ... Read More »

Ohio Inmates Built and Secretly Used PCs for Years

According to a recent report from the Ohio State Inspector General, five prisoners built two computers while in prison. Without additional information, that fact alone painted a poor picture of the entire situation. Five prisoners, while incarcerated in the a branch of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections prison system, built two PCs from Illegally obtained parts, hid the ... Read More »

US Customs Officer Charged with Cocaine Importation

In a hearing on Wednesday, April 13, United States Magistrate Judge Cheryl L. Pollak formally arraigned a former United States Customs and Border Protection employee for cocaine importation. The indictment and criminal complaint accused the CBP employee—Fernando Marte—of “conspiring to import, and with importing, more than five kilograms of Cocaine from the Dominican Republic.” The complaint achieved that the criminal ... Read More »

Identity Based Onion Routing – A Secure and Efficient New Scheme for Tor

The onion routing internet protocol promotes anonymous networking on various forms of public networks. Today, there are several onion routing schemes, such as Tor, to deploy the anonymous networking protocol across public networks. Despite the fact that the multi-pass schemes for the construction of the cryptographic circuit are somehow satisfactory, their circuit construction algorithms exhibit some drawbacks when it comes ... Read More »

Botnets for Discovering and Monitoring Terrorism Related Content on the Dark Web

The recent global epidemic of terrorist attacks has revealed how terrorists are not only utilizing the surface web, but also the dark web for building and establishing their networks. To counteract this, Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) need efficient and effective means for detection and monitoring of terrorism related content on the internet, in order to prevent the occurrence of terrorist ... Read More »

Probation Sentence Imposed On German For Commercial Trafficking Of Amphetamine

The Sigmaringen District Court sentenced a German citizen to probation for ordering amphetamine from the darknet in large quantities and selling them to customers for a profit. According to the court documents, two trials were held by the jury and four witnesses had been heard in the case of the 39-year-old accused from Pfullendorf, Germany. The defendant was accused of ... Read More »

Five kilos of amphetamine was picked up at the post office in Åled outside Halmstad. A man is arrested for drug offenses.

Prosecutor Appeals The Judgment In Swedish Vendor Case

At the end of February, four men were standing trial at the Halmstad District Court in Sweden for running a vendor shop selling narcotics on the dark web. Later on, the same week, one of the suspects confessed his crimes. Now, almost a month after two of the defendants were sentenced and the other two accused persons were set free, ... Read More »