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Researchers Suggest a Ban on Encryption Will Drive Darknet Use

After the London terror attack in June, Prime Minister Theresa May lashed out at communication companies for “providing safe places for extremists to broadcast their hate messages over the Internet.” She pushed for international agreements allowing the government to regulate the internet—a step she believed would curb terrorism. Some security researchers, though, argued that doing so would only push terrorist ... Read More »

UK Government to Spy on Users by Asking Messaging Apps to Weaken Encryption

Last week, British Prime Minister Theresa May received harsh criticisms from experts for her proposal to regulate the internet and essentially weaken encryption of messaging applications such as Whatsapp and Telegram. In a response to a terror attack that occurred in London, May stated that the act of terror can be attributed to the existence of “safe spaces” on the ... Read More »

USPS Supervisors Indicted for Stealing Marijuana Shipments

A recent federal indictment charged three U.S. Postal employees for stealing packages of marijuana from the mail stream. According to the indictment, the three USPS employees stole the packages for resale. They then sold the packages to a fourth conspirator who sold the marijuana throughout Ohio. The Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, David A. Sierleja, said ... Read More »

Chemical Love Leader Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

In April 2016, German law enforcement raided a cellar in Rülzheim and several locations in Baden-Württemberg. The media caught on and asked questions. Investigators then reported that the arrests pertained to a group behind “Germany’s biggest illegal web shop for narcotics.” Now the entire group in the Chemical Love case received sentences, save for one. Chemical Love was, as prosecutors ... Read More »

Extortion Suspect Walks Free After Forgetting Phone Password

A set of contradictory court decisions with an impact on digital privacy confused a portion of the nation and possibly the world on May 30. One Florida circuit court judge jailed a man after he gave investigators a passcode that failed to unlock his phone. Another Florida circuit court judge let a defendant walk after he explained that he forgot ... Read More »

Fundamental security flaws in USB

USB or Universal Serial Bus was not designed with security in mind. Windows, Linux and OS X basically trust anything plugged in USB port. If a hacker has a very short, but private session with your laptop, this attack vector becomes very feasible. Before actual security threats, let’s analyze how USB works in general. Every USB device has a controller ... Read More »

Kansas Pizza Shop Owner Indicted for Meth Trafficking

In June, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall announced a 35-count indictment that accused a pizza shop owner in Topeka of drug distribution. The shop owner, along with nine co-defendants, used the shop as a front for methamphetamine distribution, the indictment outlined. Adolfo Barragan-Rodriguez, owner of Pronto Pizza in Topeka, Kansas, used the restaurant as a base of operations. From within the ... Read More »

Brave: Changing the Online Advertisement Industry

The world of online advertisement is a messy one. Between fraudulent and intrusive ads, ad blockers, adblocker-blockers, etc., it’s pretty hard to understand what exactly is going on, or what needs fixing. One thing has always been clear though, that the end user is getting the worst part of it all. Often times, users are either forced to deal with ... Read More »

Czech Court Approves Extradition Of LinkedIn Hacker: But To The US Or Russia?

A judge in the Czech Republic approved the extradition of Russian hacker Yevgeny Nikulin, a.k.a. “Peace” or “peace_of_mind”, who is accused of serious crimes in both the US and Russia. The cybercriminal can be extradited based on the current charges. However, the court did not specify which country. The Russian hacker was arrested in a joint operation between the Federal ... Read More »

Two Members of a Spain-based Mobile Phone Fraud Network Arrested

Two persons were arrested in Jumilla, Spain for being part of a network that fraudulently purchased smartphones from service providers. The Civil Guard of the Region of Murcia carried out a law enforcement action, called “Operation Darkweb” in Jumilla, to clarify a series of scams in the acquisition of mobile phones. The operation resulted in the arrest of two people ... Read More »

What’s the Future of Ethereum?

As of June 5, Ethereum traded higher than Bitcoin on the market and looks set for more gains. Ether, the Ethereum token, catapulted from $8.24 January 1 to $203.30 a month ago, a 2,367 percent gain. Since then Ethereum ratcheted a mighty $212 in late May, and surged to $250.41 two days ago, with a slight drop to $246.62, Monday ... Read More »

Husband and Wife Charged for Darknet Drug Distribution

For two and a half years, Daniel and Juliana B. used the darknet to distribute numerous types of drugs—1,205 orders totalling $337,940, according to the prosecution. The trial drew near an end as the evidence against the husband and wife stacked up in front of them. Daniel, the 30-year-old husband accepted and claimed every charge in an effort to shield ... Read More »

Reporter Claims to Find €5 Greek Passports on the Darknet

According to a Eleftheros Typos, a well-known Greek newspaper, law enforcement in Greece only recently became aware of fake passports on darknet markets. The newspaper, known in English as “Free Press,” walked through the process in the Sunday print edition of the publication. The second Silk Road, “Silk Road 2.0,” hosted various identity documents. Fake IDs and fake ID templates ... Read More »

An artillery shell found in the barn of the 30-year-old.

Dutch Police Not Knowing Where Collector Got World War II Ammunition And Explosives

Law enforcement authorities discovered a large cache, containing kilograms of ammunition and explosives from World War II, at a man’s home in Etten-Leur, the Netherlands. Investigators do not know the source or the method how the suspect acquired the illegal items. It is certain that the number of grenades, including frag, phosphorous (smoke) and other hand grenades, was too much ... Read More »

The SEK raided apartments on two locations, arresting six persons.

Young German Arrested For Buying 50 Grams Of Amphetamine From The Dark Web

Law enforcement authorities detained a young man from Deggendorf, Germany for ordering bulk quantities of amphetamine from the dark web. According to the police information, the Deggendorf police arrested a 19-year-old man for using the dark web to order narcotics. The investigators stated that the man allegedly purchased 50 grams of amphetamine, along with small amounts of other drugs. Since ... Read More »