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Couple arrested for selling and shipping counterfeited fentanyl-containing opioid pills, to darknet customers

A man living in Glendale along with his pregnant girlfriend have been prosecuted via a federal illicit drug trafficking case. The couple were accused of selling counterfeited opioid pills via the dark web and distributing them via postal services all over the country. The 26 year old male, Jacob Medina, as well as his pregnant girlfriend, Diane Marin, were both ... Read More »

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Bibliometric analysis of botnet identification approaches

Botnets have increasingly become tools for a myriad of cyber criminal activities including phishing, distribution of malware, cryptojacking, distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, click fraud, phishing, and much more. A botnet represents a logical group of internet connected machines including computers, mobile devices, or IoT devices, known as bots, whose security have been compromised by the “bot herder”, the ... Read More »

Silk Road 2.0 Founder Sentenced to 64 Months in Prison

A university drop-out was sentenced to prison in a Liverpool court for operating Silk Road 2.0 under the pseudonym Dread Pirate Roberts 2 (DPR2). The National Crime Agency in the United Kingdom announced that Thomas White, 24, a former student at Liverpool John Moores University, was sentenced to five years and four months in prison for operating the second Silk ... Read More »

Pakistan Police Officers Involved in a Kidnapping Gang that Demanded Ransom in Bitcoin

A Pakistani news outlet reported that the Lahore Police busted a six-member gang suspected of kidnapping a university professor and asking for a bitcoin ransom. According to the report, two of the gang members are police constables. The plan to kidnap the professor was reportedly masterminded by a university student taught by the professor. The report shows that Faisal Yousuf, ... Read More »

The 1999 Melissa Virus That Inspired Current Virus Programmers

When computer viruses in America began to become a great threat to its citizens, most of the people using computers knew little or nothing about such malicious software. Not much concern was given to computer viruses as they did not seem to pose any serious threat to people’s well-being. However, one significant attack changed this mind-set – the emergence and ... Read More »

Trio That Used the Dark Web to Sell Ecstasy and Ketamine Arrested

Three Brockton men accused of dark web drug trafficking were arrested following an investigation by state police detectives and federal agents. The men allegedly run the operation from a storage unit in Stoughton, accepted payments in bitcoin and used the postal system to distribute the drugs to customers from all parts of the US. The trio’s arrest reportedly resulted in ... Read More »

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Bitcoin price weekly analysis – 15.4.2019

Bitcoin price rose during last week’s trading sessions to record a week high of $5,488 last Wednesday, which exceeded the resistance level around the 76.4% Fibonacci retracement ($5,297). However, the bullish momentum failed to keep bitcoin price above this resistance level to drop below it within less than eight hours, after the week high had been recorded. Bitcoin price has ... Read More »

DARPA Seeks to Create New Anonymous Communications Program

Last year, the United States Department of Defense’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, better known as DARPA, quietly announced a new research program known as the Resilient Anonymous Communications for Everyone, or RACE, program. DARPA is responsible for developing technologies for use by the United States armed forces, but that technology also frequently ends up being used by civilians. Onion ... Read More »

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US operation SaboTor results in the arrest of 61 darknet opioid vendors

Last Tuesday, US federal task force agents announced the arrest of 61 active darknet marketplace vendors. The arrests were the result of an internationally coordinated operation, named SaboTor, which is the second take down conducted by the Joint Criminal Opioid and Darknet Enforcement, or (J-CODE). In addition to the 61 arrests, US agents along with their international LEA partners managed ... Read More »

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Bitcoin as a new form of money – A forensic point of view

Cryptocurrencies, namely bitcoin, have been involved in hundreds of criminal cases during the past few years. A recently published book titled “The Forensic Economist’s Guide To Cryptocurrency” aims at presenting a guide to cryptocurrency for forensic economists. The book is based on material that the author submitted as an expert witness in various civil and criminal cases involving bitcoin and ... Read More »

Teenagers in France Obtain Fake Cheques from Darknet

It is not surprising that fraud cases aided by the Darknet are rising with each break of dawn. What’s surprising is the fact that teenagers are being lured into the mix. Fake cheques in France have raised many concerns in regard to Darknet counterfeit troubles, and the authorities are working hard to fight these crimes. Many citizens have already been ... Read More »

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A comparative study between Tor and I2P anonymous communication protocols

Tor is inarguably the most popular anonymous communication protocol, providing hundreds of thousands of users around the world with privacy protection and the ability to browse the internet anonymously. On the other hand, the invisible internet project (I2P) enables applications to send messages anonymously in a secure manner via means of onion routing. Both Tor and I2P have been highly ... Read More »

Former Britain’s Got Talent Star Apprehended for Taking Part in Darknet Drug Racket

Olivia Archbold, a former singer and great star from Britain’s Got Talent, wept after her release following charges that she allegedly helped her boyfriend orchestrate a drug-dealing racket on the darknet. The 23-year-old woman comes from Cheshire in North West England where she lives with her boyfriend. Her great talent was so revered that it earned her the name the ... Read More »