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Task Force Argos Operated a Darknet Child Abuse Forum for 11 Months

With striking similarity to the US FBI’s takeover of the darknet child abuse forum PlayPen, Australian police triggered arrests across the globe after spending nearly a year secretly running the forum. Investigative journalists with VG, a Norwegian newspaper, unintentionally stumbled upon the secret operation while investigating the massive child exploitation forum known as Childs Play. While investigating the site, one ... Read More »

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German States Prepare Upgraded Cybercrime Infrastructure

Germany’s Federal Office for Online Security (BSI) revealed the signing of a new agreement with the Rhineland-Palatinate Secretary of State that creates the framework for tighter cybersecurity cooperation between agencies. The relationship, they hope, will be the first steps towards a fully functioning state cyber security infrastructure. The agreement, signed in late September but only recently announced, is currently only ... Read More »

Judge Rules FBI Can Keep an iPhone Exploit Secret

In 2015, the Federal Bureau of Investigation purchased an iPhone exploit from an undisclosed vendor for more than one million dollars. The iPhone that needed exploitation had belonged to the San Bernardino shooter who killed 14 people. During the investigation, the FBI claimed that the lock on the iPhone had prevented authorities from accessing the phone. Three news agencies later ... Read More »

TradeRoute Went Down Following a Major Security Leak

Weeks before the darknet market DDoS attacks began, TradeRoute Market arranged weekly payments with an infamous darknet marketplace phisher known as “Phishkingz.” In a conversation with DeepDotWeb about two days before Traderoute went down, Phishkingz revealed that he had found a way to access code from the marketplace’s admin backend. Shortly after Phishkingz revealed his findings, TradeRoute exit scammed. The ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, October 15 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Various companies are announcing their position on the SegWit2x hard fork Last week, DeepDotWeb covered Bitcoin.org’s plans to denounce SegWit2x supporting companies, who could be putting users at risk. Bitcoin.org’s list has been published, and it includes several well-known companies such as Blockchain.info, Xapo, Jaxx, Coinbase, and Circle. Now, ... Read More »

India’s National Internet Registry Breach, Data Spotted On Darknet

Over 6,000 businesses in India have been reportedly breached by an unknown cyber criminal. The enterprise arm of IT security firm Quick Heal, Seqrite claimed they spotted over 6,000 sensitive information of organizations including service providers, banks and government put up on the Darknet for sale. According to the information, the nation’s internet registry was also hit by the attack, ... Read More »

UK Firm Unites With Interpol to Fight Cybercrime

  BT, UK’s biggest telecoms provider on the 4th of October announced that it had taken a step forward in combating cyber-crime by becoming partners with international police organization Interpol, in a data exchange agreement to fight cyber-crime. This makes BT the first telecommunications provider to sign an exchange data agreement with Interpol to combat global cyber-crime by providing current ... Read More »

Tor Update Supports v3 Onion Services

  The second latest alpha build of Tor, Tor 0.3.2.2-alpha, enabled the more secure “next-generation hidden services protocol” (aka v3 onion services). Tor Project President Roger Dingledine said that next generation hidden (onion) services fix security and design flaws found in the original or legacy hidden services. He explained that mistakes he had made in the 2004 onion service protocol ... Read More »

Sheep Marketplace Owner Gets Nine Years in Prison

  A court in the Czech Republic sentenced Tomáš Jiříkovský, the creator of the Sheep darknet marketplace, to serve nine years in prison for stealing bitcoins from the market’s users. According to the court, Jiříkovský stole bitcoin worth roughly 16 million crowns—the equivalent of $731,600 US dollars. The sentence also applies to his role as the owner of Sheep Marketplace ... Read More »

Hacker Advertises India National Internet Registry Database

Two security companies, Seqrite’s Cyber Intelligence Labs and seQtree InfoServices noticed an advertisement on a darknet forum for access to a database (a dump, not live access) that belonged to India’s National Internet Registry. The data breach impacted more than 6,000 internet service providers, government entities, and private companies. As of now, it looks as if no damage has come ... Read More »

Drug Dealer Bought a Gun on the Darknet “for Protection”

In early October, the Chilly-Mazarin Criminal Court heard the case of a formerly convicted drug dealer who had stepped up in the world of crime. In addition to cocaine and marijuana, police found a semi automatic in the suspect’s home. The gun, he said, came from the darknet. Local news outlets reported that the 31-year-old suspect had not “escaped a ... Read More »

Europol and Interpol Upholds Fight against Cyber Crime

At the 5th annual Europol-Interpol Cybercrime Conference held in The Hague, Netherlands, two familiar faces in the cybercrime world reaffirmed their strong commitment to continue their partnership in the war against cybercrime. Europol and Interpol, the two law enforcement organizations pledged to continue their good work and to build on successful examples of their partnership. Cyber specialists from across the ... Read More »

Logins for 37 Parliamentarians Sale on the Darknet

According to the “internationally active cybersecurity team,” Kaduu, the personal information, passwords, and other account data of 37 parliamentarians leaked online. Politicians from all parties are included in a database dump that Kaduu found on the darknet. Much of the information had originated from the Dropbox and LinkedIn dumps from years ago. Kaduu, like so many similar firms, provides a ... Read More »

Man Used Four “Masterchef” Ecstasy Pills Every Day

Some drugs carry a reputation for being “darknet drugs.” Although the darknet catches blame for carfentanil, various ecstasy presses are the real darknet drug. An Australian court recently heard the case of a darknet drug buyer who had been caught with ecstasy pills with the logo of an internationally famous television show. Bundaberg Magistrates Court heard how 20-year-old Lachlan Allbon ... Read More »

US Collects $48m on 114,336 Bitcoins from Ross Ulbricht

The Silk Road case proved controversial for hundreds of reasons. As many know, the United States Justice Department auctioned off Silk Road Bitcoins in 2014 and 2015. Ross Ulbricht challenged the seizure of the market’s bitcoins. Now, according to the Acting US Attorney for Manhattan, Ulbricht dropped the claims, allowing the United States government to collect the proceeds of the ... Read More »