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18-10-17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

TradeRoute Went Down Following a Major Security Leak The massive DDoS attack that rendered many of the darknet markets inaccessible also provided ample cover for a market to exit scam. Although Wall Street Market, Dream, RsClub, and T•chka Free Market may return (to stability), TradeRoute will not be making a reappearance. DeepDotWeb, prior to the moment a TradeRoute staff member ... Read More »

Court Rules FBI Can Keep Phone Hacking Tool Secret from the Public

On December 2nd, 2015 Syed Rizwan Farook committed one of the worst terrorist attacks in the history of California, shooting 14 people and seriously injuring 22 other people. After Farook died in a shootout with law enforcement, the FBI seized Farook’s iPhone 5c. During the investigation into the terrorist attack, the FBI was unable to decrypt Farook’s iPhone. The FBI ... Read More »

2 Canadians Arrested in Darknet Fentanyl Case

Two Canadians have been arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for distributing fentanyl and carfentanil through darknet markets. The Kelowna Royal Canadian Mounted Police worked with law enforcement agencies across Canada including the Calgary Police, as well as agencies in the United States such as the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and law enforcement in Australia, in an international investigation ... Read More »

The 33-year-old suspect is facing 68 charges relating to the crimes he allegedly committed on the dark web forum.

Queensland Man Charged With Over 100 Fraud And Identity Charges

A 25-year-old man has been arrested by the Queensland cybercrime police on 106 charges relating to Commonwealth fraud and identity crime worth more than $500,000. His arrest came on the 5th of October after a joint investigation was launched by the Financial and Cyber Crime Group, State Crime Command and the Criminal Law Investigations area of the Australian Taxation Office ... Read More »

Task Force Argos Operated a Darknet Child Abuse Forum for 11 Months

With striking similarity to the US FBI’s takeover of the darknet child abuse forum PlayPen, Australian police triggered arrests across the globe after spending nearly a year secretly running the forum. Investigative journalists with VG, a Norwegian newspaper, unintentionally stumbled upon the secret operation while investigating the massive child exploitation forum known as Childs Play. While investigating the site, one ... Read More »

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German States Prepare Upgraded Cybercrime Infrastructure

Germany’s Federal Office for Online Security (BSI) revealed the signing of a new agreement with the Rhineland-Palatinate Secretary of State that creates the framework for tighter cybersecurity cooperation between agencies. The relationship, they hope, will be the first steps towards a fully functioning state cyber security infrastructure. The agreement, signed in late September but only recently announced, is currently only ... Read More »

Judge Rules FBI Can Keep an iPhone Exploit Secret

In 2015, the Federal Bureau of Investigation purchased an iPhone exploit from an undisclosed vendor for more than one million dollars. The iPhone that needed exploitation had belonged to the San Bernardino shooter who killed 14 people. During the investigation, the FBI claimed that the lock on the iPhone had prevented authorities from accessing the phone. Three news agencies later ... Read More »

TradeRoute Went Down Following a Major Security Leak

Weeks before the darknet market DDoS attacks began, TradeRoute Market arranged weekly payments with an infamous darknet marketplace phisher known as “Phishkingz.” In a conversation with DeepDotWeb about two days before Traderoute went down, Phishkingz revealed that he had found a way to access code from the marketplace’s admin backend. Shortly after Phishkingz revealed his findings, TradeRoute exit scammed. The ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, October 15 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Various companies are announcing their position on the SegWit2x hard fork Last week, DeepDotWeb covered Bitcoin.org’s plans to denounce SegWit2x supporting companies, who could be putting users at risk. Bitcoin.org’s list has been published, and it includes several well-known companies such as Blockchain.info, Xapo, Jaxx, Coinbase, and Circle. Now, ... Read More »

India’s National Internet Registry Breach, Data Spotted On Darknet

Over 6,000 businesses in India have been reportedly breached by an unknown cyber criminal. The enterprise arm of IT security firm Quick Heal, Seqrite claimed they spotted over 6,000 sensitive information of organizations including service providers, banks and government put up on the Darknet for sale. According to the information, the nation’s internet registry was also hit by the attack, ... Read More »

UK Firm Unites With Interpol to Fight Cybercrime

  BT, UK’s biggest telecoms provider on the 4th of October announced that it had taken a step forward in combating cyber-crime by becoming partners with international police organization Interpol, in a data exchange agreement to fight cyber-crime. This makes BT the first telecommunications provider to sign an exchange data agreement with Interpol to combat global cyber-crime by providing current ... Read More »

Tor Update Supports v3 Onion Services

  The second latest alpha build of Tor, Tor 0.3.2.2-alpha, enabled the more secure “next-generation hidden services protocol” (aka v3 onion services). Tor Project President Roger Dingledine said that next generation hidden (onion) services fix security and design flaws found in the original or legacy hidden services. He explained that mistakes he had made in the 2004 onion service protocol ... Read More »