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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 »

Bitcoin news roundup, August 13, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Goldman Sachs states cryptocurrencies are getting harder to ignore According to Business Insider, Goldman Sachs analyst Robert D. Boroujerdi and his team sent a note to portfolio managers, stating that with a market cap of nearly $120 billion, it’s getting harder for institutional investors to ignore cryptocurrencies. Robert and ... Read More »

Australian Law Enforcement Cracks Down Dark Web-Based Illicit Animal Trades

Australian law enforcement agencies and authorities have started to crackdown dark web marketplaces selling and distributing exotic animals throughout the country. Since early 2017, Australian airport security officials and investigators from the Department of Environment have been actively investigating into animal trafficking and smuggling. Dark web-based marketplaces and animal traffickers have started to traffic exotic animals such as rare species ... Read More »

Investigation Has Revealed the Other Side of the Recent Hyderabad Darknet Drug Bust

Earlier this month, authorities arrested a group of drug peddlers who purchased drugs on the Darknet marketplace. The operation that was intended to control the fast growing drug trafficking in the Hyderabad area led to the arrest of nineteen suspects. An investigation after that arrest has revealed that students and other professionals play key roles in the drug growth in ... Read More »

Chinese Government Requiring Muslims to Install Spyware on Their Electronic Devices

Uyghur Muslims in the Chinese province of Xinjiang are facing a threat to their digital privacy rights. Chinese government officials are requiring the Uyghur Muslims to install backdoors on their electronic devices. The spyware is being installed on electronic devices owned by minorities in the name of fighting terrorism. The Chinese government claims that they will be using the backdoors ... Read More »

More Legally Obtained Voter Records for Sale Online

A director of threat research at a cybersecurity firm spoke to Dark Reading about an entity on the RaidForums selling voter records. This is not a new occurrence or even a particularly surprising one, despite the notion that vendors only sell such information on darknet marketplaces or forums. (The RaidForums website is completely accessible on the clearnet. The threat researcher, ... Read More »