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Austrian Police to Decrypt WhatsApp Messages “In the Future”

At a Ministry of Justice meeting in Austria, Mag. Konrad Kogler, Director General for Public Security, spoke of law enforcement’s nearing ability to intercept and decrypt WhatsApp messages. He explained the difficulties even caused police, especially in cases of terrorism and drug trafficking. “The first approach between drug addicts, drug traffickers or IS recruiters mostly [starts with] the telephone,” the ... Read More »

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Stuttgart Public Prosecutor Blames Darknet for Designer Drug Use

  In Stuttgart, Germany, the number of drug charges involving novel psychoactive substances (NPS) is on the rise. And, according to drug clinics in the area, the so called “legal highs” are also contributing to a growing number of fatal overdoses. The senior physician at a local drug addiction clinic spoke of a 23-year-old who had almost died while on ... Read More »

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Belgian Police Raiding Houses in BTC Money Laundering Bust

  Seemingly unrelated to the recent United States demanding of Greek police to arrest the alleged owner of BTC-e, the Belgian judicial police raided nine locations for the same reason. Not that the U.S. asked them to conduct the raids and subsequent arrests; according to the latest published news, the Belgian judicial police suspected several men of money laundering through ... Read More »

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Public Thinks Bitcoin is Mainly for Darknet Use, Study Shows

YouGov, an international market research company, conducted a study on Bitcoin and Ethereum. The findings, the company said, in spite of the growing popularity of both currencies, indicated several findings that some may find surprising. YouGov researches nearly everything. “Domino’s trails behind rival Pizza Hut in quality perception,” one of the company’s tweets reads. Another tweet points out that “53% ... Read More »

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Two Darknet Cases in Upper Austria Only Days Apart

After “extensive” research, officials explained, the Gallneukirchen Police Department collected enough evidence to incarcerate a 25-year-old drug dealer. Authorities knew the suspect had frequently ordered drugs from vendors on the darknet. They knew that he ordered definitely from vendors in the Netherlands and within Germany. In spite of the police’s suspicions, the suspect denied all accusations and avoided detention. Police ... Read More »

Tollywood hit with Major Dark Web Fueled Drug Scandal

Tollywood, the Telugu version of Hollywood, is wildly popular in India, especially in the Southern states. It is the second largest section of Indian movies, the first being Bollywood, the Hindi version of Hollywood. Tollywood, like any other major film industry, has been accused of various crimes, such as racism, sex scandals, and drug use, but no accusation or investigation ... Read More »

How Did BTC-E (Allegedly) Process 95% of Bitcoin Ransom Payments

  BTC-E, the oldest bitcoin exchange in the bitcoin industry, was officially taken down and seized by six U.S. law enforcement agencies last week for its involvement in the theft of $2.21 billion from now-defunct bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox and Bitcoinica. Alexander Vinnick, the founder of BTC-E, was arrested in Greece and charged for laundering over $4 billion in bitcoin ... Read More »

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Examples Of Hidden Service Deanonymization

All have been disclosed and fixed A penetration tester under the name “UnhandledException,” with credit to “bl00d,” wrote an essay on hidden service deanonymization for DeepDotWeb in an effort to warn the community. In the wake of current situations and in preparation for future events, extra scrutinization is in high demand as new markets rise to fill the Alphabay and ... Read More »

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Alphabay Glock Vendor Admits to Firearm Deals from 2016

On July 27, an Indiana man admitted to his role in weapon trafficking in connection with Alphabay arms trafficking. Benjamin Donald Brunni—a 19-year-old from Greensburg, Indiana—drove from Indiana to New Jersey to sell an Alphabay buyer 10 firearms. Law enforcement, as often the case in weapons deals, had posed as the Alphabay buyer, and ultimately trapped Brunni. Brunni, along with ... Read More »

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Man Jailed for Using Russian Darknet Pedophile Site

A previously convicted pedophile received three years in prison for downloading and distributing child abuse media. The defendant, a 32-year-old Scottish man, downloaded roughly 2,000 pictures and videos of child abuse. The police said almost 500 of the images or videos were of the most serious category of digital child abuse content. Instead of one of the more prolific darknet ... Read More »

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Report Calls the SEC Out for Vulnerable Computer Network Systems

According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), frequently referred to as the Congressional Watchdog Office, the SEC has failed to implement a number of protective measures for their computer networks. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) exists primarily to secure and regulate investments—basically everything the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had formerly managed. Since 1997, the GAO warned that the cybersecurity ... Read More »

Access to Private Computer Networks of Critical Infrastructure being sold on the Dark Web

Cyber criminals on a darknet marketplace have taken hacking to another dimension this time around by bypassing the private computer networks of several government systems, gaining access to critical infrastructure targets such as hospitals, power plants, financial firms and airlines, government departments and then selling or exchanging them for bitcoins, one of the largest online cryptocurrency. An underground darknet marketplace ... Read More »

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Customs Intercepts California Man’s Packages of Live King Cobras

On July 25, the Central District of California issued a press release that detailed the arrest of Rodrigo Franco, a 34-year-old California man. According to the criminal complaint, Franco imported king cobras and albino Chinese soft-shelled turtles. After the California man ordered the snakes from an online wildlife dealer, Customs and Border Protection intercepted the mail under the suspicion that ... Read More »

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13.8.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Alphabay Vendor “Area51” aka “DarkApollo” Sentenced to 6.5 Years Chaudhry Ahmad Farooq, as with many vendors, worked with a partner when selling heroin and cocaine on Alphabay. Farooq managed the operation; he handled the darknet presence, communicated with suppliers, and touched the actual product. According to court documents, Farooq’s partner, Abudullah Almashwali, ran errands for Farooq. Almashwali purchased stamps (in ... Read More »