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Research: Can we consider darknets as parasites?

Infrastructures and platforms have been turned into concepts that can help us understand large sized computational systems. The distinction between an infrastructure and a platform represents a debate. A recently published article uses the concept of darknet networks to illustrate how infrastructures are more or less public, while platforms are more associated with private relations. The article analyzes how darknets ... Read More »

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Research: Assessing the link between the physical and virtual illicit drug markets

Illicit drug trading in the physical world has represented the subject of many research studies and is very well documented in academic literature. However, individuals involved in illicit drug trading have recently adopted innovative technologies to boost their profits and evade being caught by law enforcement agencies. Darknet marketplaces have been increasingly transforming the drug trafficking business during the past ... Read More »

Beijing police speed up cybercrime fight as they crackdown 6600 internet related cases

Following the recent rate of high cybercrime-related cases recorded in China, the Beijing cybercrime department has responded by engaging in a massive crackdown. The Beijing police successfully detained 3,100 cybercrime suspects who were said to have made about $29,000 from their illegal operation. 6,600 internet-related crime crackdowns were recorded in 2018. According to reports, the arrested suspects were in the ... Read More »

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Bitcoin price weekly analysis – 14.1.2019

Last week, bitcoin price went through another downwards dip, after testing the resistance near $4,290.7, which corresponds to the 23.6% Fibonacci retracement. The market’s bulls has been unsuccessful in breaking through this seemingly strong resistance level since late November 2018. The week high was recorded on Tuesday ($4,215), following which price started to drop steadily reaching $3,700 towards the end ... Read More »

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Research: Modernizing CollecTor’s ability to collect and archive Tor’s network data

The Tor network protects internet users against censorship, tracking, and surveillance. Tor is composed of thousands of relay nodes, or servers, run by volunteers who are distributed across the globe to enable users to connect privately to internet services. Continuous network evaluation is pivotal in order to react to censorship events, to adapt the Tor browser to dynamic network conditions, ... Read More »

Department of Homeland Security Seeks to Develop Tools to Track Privacy Coins Like Monero & Zcash

According to a pre-solicitation notice posted on the United States government’s Federal Business Opportunities web site by the Department of Homeland Security, the federal law enforcement agency is seeking contractors to help them develop tools to enable them to conduct surveillance on privacy coin transactions. The pre-solicitation notice specifically mentions the privacy-centric cryptocurrencies Monero and Zcash. Agencies of the United ... Read More »

Germany in the DeepWeb Admin Sentenced to Six Years in Prison

A German court sentenced the owner of one of most prolific dark web forums in Germany to six years in prison for allowing the sale of firearms on the forum. A judge held him accountable for several homicides and assaults connected to the forum. A 31-year-old from Karlsruhe was identified as the owner of the German dark web forum, “Germany ... Read More »

Judge Allows Ethereum Seizure in “Groundbreaking” Dark Web Case

A court in Ireland ruled that the cryptocurrency seized from a convicted dark web vendor constituted the “proceeds of crime.” The ruling allowed the government to keep the dark web vendor’s cryptocurrency they had seized during a raid in 2014. In late 2014, the gardaí raided the Neil Mannion’s home in Dublin. Investigators had learned that the 37-year-old had been ... Read More »

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Research: Addressing the growth of darknet drug trading in the US

The use and popularity of the black darknet drug market in the US have been increasing in the past few years. The anonymity offered by darknet marketplaces enables users to steer clear of law enforcement. Current policy is centered on the identification of administrators of darknet marketplaces and the immediate shutdown of their platforms. Even though this policy has led ... Read More »

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Research: Analyzing the use of messaging and social media apps to trade and access drugs

Drug suppliers have been increasingly using modern technologies to boost profits and minimize risk during the past few years. Even though a large number of research studies have examined drug sales via surface internet pharmacies as well as darknet marketplaces, no research studies have delved into the role of smartphone messaging applications and social media in the modern drug economy. ... Read More »

Nine Dark Web Drug Dealers Arrested for Selling Narcotics with Cryptocurrencies

Nine dark web drug traffickers have been arrested for buying and selling narcotics on a Korean illegal dark web platform using virtual currencies. According to a report released on Sunday by the Seoul Central District Office of Public Prosecutions, the nine suspects are in custody for allegedly trading controlled substances on a hidden online trading platform on the dark web ... Read More »

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Research: How can disclosure and dissemination of information affect levels of trust in crypto-markets?

The cryptocurrency market represents a unique chance to analyze a market with an estimated unregulated capital exceeding $13 billion, which was raised via initial coin offerings (ICOs). A recently published paper in the London Business School Review attempts to identify how much confidence investors can have in crypto markets. The paper analyzes data from more than 750 ICOs that were ... Read More »

Research: Is illicit fentanyl desired by or imposed on opioid users?

Recently, illicitly produced fentanyl, and fentanyl analogues, have been rapidly emerging in countries all over the world. Fentanyl is usually disguised as heroin or prescription pills, which results in increased overdose mortality. This phenomenon can be explained by reduced expenses and risk to heroin sellers, heroin shortages, buyer preferences for rapid acting, strong opioids, and the increased popularity of darknet ... Read More »

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The social order of darknet drug marketplaces

Advanced networking technologies have greatly fueled the growth of online digital markets. To facilitate the trading of illicit drugs, darknet marketplaces, or crypto markets, leverage encryption and anonymization technologies to hide the identity and geographical location of those engaging in drug transactions. A recently published research paper utilizes economic sociology as a basic framework to formulate a better understanding of ... Read More »

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Surfshark is a small VPN company that provides an outstanding VPN experience despite the fact it does not have as many servers as some of its competitors. During the last couple of years, VPN apps have become an important part of users’ everyday lives, especially given the fact that our online security and privacy has been compromised due to potential ... Read More »