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Dublin Man Sentenced to Prison in Alphabay Explosives Case

A Dublin man was sentenced to five years in prison for membership of an unlawful organization in connection with an Alphabay explosives case. Both of his co-defendants, at an earlier court appearance, were found not guilty of the same charge and ultimately left the courtroom as free men. Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy of the Special Criminal Court sentenced Jonathan Hawthorn, ... Read More »

Another Drug Smuggler Arrested in “Johnny Cash” Case in Germany

In the ongoing case against drug smugglers connected to the darkweb vendor “Johnny Cash,” German law enforcement officers have arrested yet another suspect with assistance from a co-conspirator who became an informant after his arrest. Police have arrested nearly a dozen suspects using only the information provided by the informant. The suspect, a 26-year-old from the Netherlands with a residence ... Read More »

Europol report on Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment

For a fifth year now, Europol has developed the IOCTA (Internet Organized Crime Threat Assessment). The primary objective of the assessment is the provision of a comprehensive type of overview of the current and anticipated threats in the future, as well as, trends in the crimes being carried out or even conducted online. As the current events demonstrate the ways ... Read More »

“Most Prolific” Fentanyl Vendor in the US Admits Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

The owners of the most prolific fentanyl vendor account in the United States have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. In addition to being the top fentanyl vendor in the United States, the same drug dealers ranked fourth in ratings and reviews worldwide. According to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio, two Texans ... Read More »

Female Entertainer Accused of Killing a Cat on the Dark Web

Animal Rights organizations are currently pursuing some legal action against a female DJ whom they have accused of killing an adopted kitten brutally for the purposes of obtaining bitcoins. The group maintained that the kitten killing had been featured within a video that was streamed on a secret forum of a website that is operated for individuals that seek violence. ... Read More »

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Research: Improving anonymity of users on I2P with an enhanced outproxy design

It is inarguable that the internet greatly undermines user privacy, and the risks are growing each day. This has fueled the development of several anonymity networks, such as Tor and the invisible Internet project (I2P). While the Tor network is currently the most commonly used solution for promoting anonymity and protecting a user’s privacy online, the low capabilities of I2P ... Read More »

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Research: Comparing the performance of IP routing and onion routing (Tor)

The world is currently witnessing many political conflicts. Repressive governments are imposing sanctions on free speech. Many of these governments block the general public from accessing some websites, which led people in these countries to find solutions to be able to browse the internet freely. Researching solutions to this problem led to the practical deployment of a prototype model for ... Read More »

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Research: How ransomware and hacking services are sold on darknet marketplaces

Black hat hackers, and cyber-criminals are far more sagacious than most of us think. They are no longer script kiddies who are showing off their hacking skills to impress their social circles, but highly professional businessmen who are working meticulously hard to benefit from their exploitative attacks. Research studies have been done on how cyber-criminals market their skills and sell ... Read More »

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Research: Multi-homing vendors and loyal buyers on darknet marketplaces

The past few years have witnessed increased popularity of darknet marketplaces which orchestrate trading of illicit products on the deep web. The darknet marketplace ecosystem is evolving despite government shutdowns and takedown operations. International law enforcement agencies call for a better understanding of these novel illicit trading platforms. Buyers seem to shift to surviving marketplaces when one marketplace is taken ... Read More »

Texan Charged with Attempted Murder for Planning to Rape and Eat a Child

A man from Shelby County, Texas, was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation after allegedly arranging to sexually assault, kill, and cannibalize the daughter of someone he had met on a darkweb forum. According to a criminal complaint, a member of the Homeland Security Investigations’ Child Exploitation Task Force in Florida discovered a post on a darkweb forum posted ... Read More »

Greek Court Postpones Extradition Appeal of Russian Cybercrime Suspect to France

The Greek court has postponed the hearing of the extradition appeal of a “notorious” cybercrime suspect, Alexandre Vinnik. In the courtroom, Zoe Konstantopoulou, Vinnik’s Attorney demanded that the trial be postponed after six hours of the court hearing. The Athens Bar Association Ruling Defense Council strictly prevents work after 3:00 pm. According to reports, authorities also postponed another session of ... Read More »

German Man Sentenced for Buying Drugs on the Darkweb from Rehab

A judge at the District Court of Konstanz sentenced a drug dealer to three years in prison for assorted drug crimes including selling drugs, buying them on the darkweb, having them shipped to a friend’s house, and using drugs himself. The person who received his packages was also sentenced but instead of prison time, she was fined 900 euros. In ... Read More »