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Dark Web Pedo Sentenced 13 Years in Prison

Roy Harvender Jr. from New Castle County, Delaware, a 59-year-old member of Website 19, a dark web child pornography darknet marketplace which fully operated from 2012 to 2014, was arrested and sentenced to 13 years in prison. Harvender, who is better known in the dark web as ricenbeans, actively engaged in the distribution and acquisition of child pornography on the ... Read More »

Acropolis Market Bites the Dust Without an Exit Scam

When the industry is drug trafficking and “anonymous,” online drug trafficking at that, there will never be a lack of casualties. At least in the foreseeable future. But with drug cryptomarkets, the majority of any damage comes from the marketplace itself. And even though then, the loss is usually only a financial one. When June 30 rolls around, the community ... Read More »

22.5.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

22.5.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup: “US Darknet Drug Traffickers Arrested After Overdose Of A Teen” The overdose of an 18-year-woman on the US West Coast led to the arrest of a well-known Alphabay vendor on the East Coast, PeterTheGreat. Law enforcement caught the duo behind the vendor account within a few months—an accomplishment authorities used to express the effectiveness ... Read More »

Generalized Proof-of-Activity (PoA) With a Forking Free Hybrid Consensus

Bitcoin and the blockchain technology in general have attracted considerable attention during the past few years. One of the blockchain main innovations is proof-of-work (PoW) which is relatively inefficient and promotes centralization of computational power; this leads to deviation from the main goal of cryptocurrencies; decentralization. Proof-of-stake (PoS) was later proposed to substitute for PoW. Nevertheless, both of PoW and ... Read More »

Intel chips from last 7 years can be hacked remotely

Before we dwell into this vulnerability, allow me to set the table. Once upon a time, Intel decided to add some hardware to their chips to allow admins to remotely control their servers. So today, Intel chips for server solutions contain “Management Engine” (ME) – a microcontroller inside of a processor. ME works independently to the operating system and it ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, May 20, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: WannaCry ransomware campaign netted hackers nearly $100,000 in bitcoin A massive global ransomware campaign using a strain known as WannaCry, carried out by an unknown author, recently hit organizations in nearly 100 countries using an NSA exploit and demanded a bitcoin ransom in return for the victims’ files back. ... Read More »

Leaked UK Privacy Law Requires ISP Spying and Hacking

According to a recently leaked draft of the Investigatory Powers bill, the UK government is searching for a new mass surveillance method. And not in the sense that the government is asking private firms how to access the darknet to purchase stolen NSA tools; they are in the process of developing a plan to force those fortune, namely ISPs, into ... Read More »

470 BTC Stolen in a Nearly Buried 2015 Drug Case

In India, after the Ahmedabad branch of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) raided a narcotics ring, investigators seized 470 bitcoins from the group’s bitcoin wallets. The raid on the group of online drug traffickers occurred in early 2015. At some point in June of the same year, an NCB investigator named Satyendra Kumar Singh “froze the accounts.” Roughly one year ... Read More »

Law Enforcement Arrested 900 PlayPen Users Worldwide

After the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested the administrator then took control of the child porn website PlayPen, investigators all over the world arrested about 900 users of the illicit site. In December 2014, the FBI took control of the PlayPen child porn website for 13 days after arresting the administrator. While the Bureau was controlling the website, they uploaded ... Read More »

Slovakian Drug Dealer Arrested In Germany

German law enforcement authorities arrested a Slovak national, who is accused of selling narcotics. On May 2, just before midnight, police officers have identified the suspicious activity of an 18-year-old man near the railway station in Zorneding, Germany. When the officers checked the identity of the suspect, the 18-year-old handed out a pre-rolled joint to the police officers, presumably in ... Read More »

Three Men Sentenced For 15 Years, Obtained Cache of Guns From Dark Web

Three men pleaded guilty to the possession of a massive storage of ammunition, firearms and paraphernalia on November 2, 2016. This week, brothers Abdullah Ali and Adam Ali, and 21-year-old Roman Nikolajevs were sentenced to 15 years in prison for the illegal possession of firearms and illicit activities on the dark web.   In early 2015, the Ali brothers initially ... Read More »

Bitcoin Price Analysis 19th May 2017

Since the last price analysis, bitcoin continued its rally up to an all time high at $1940 on bitstamp, inches short of the $2000 level. Bitcoin is now trading $700 above the price of a troy ounce of gold at $1223. Mainstream media is knee deep into the hype, roping in new investors and curious onlookers. A CNBC article went ... Read More »

Woman Pleaded Guilty in $6.6m Cannabinoid Conspiracy

On May 4, the Acting United States Attorney in Missouri, Tom Larson, announced a guilty plea in a major federal synthetic cannabinoid case. Sheila Marie Nawaz, like others caught in the same case, pleaded guilty to mail fraud. She admitted mailing close to 2,500 packages of legal cannabinoids to locations in the United States. The report included proceeds of over ... Read More »