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Danish Police Make Headway in Darknet Investigations

According to Kim Aarenstrup, head of the National Police’s Cyber ​​Crime Centre (NC3), Danish police developed tools to prevent darknet drug trade. The tools, she explained in a press release, came in the form of new methods of Bitcoin transaction analysis. The engineers at NC3 used “new skills, methods, and technologies” to “to prove and punish rogue trades with bitcoin.” ... Read More »

Compromised Email Credentials Behind Most Healthcare Breaches

According to Evolve IP and ID Agent, hackers breached organisations through compromised emails 63% of the time. The security firms conducted a study of the security practices of 1,000 healthcare organizations. Out of those 1,000 organizations, employees at 680 of them already lost control of their email credentials. Whoever hacked the email accounts of those from the 68% of organisation ... Read More »

Former Silk Road 2.0 Buyer Sentenced to Prison

On March 13, acting U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge announced that Chief U.S. District Judge Robert J. Jonker sentenced a Michigan man to prison for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. Michael Carlton Paiva, the defendant, bought significant quantities of drugs from vendors on the Silk Road 2.0. The feds watched him until 2017 when they gathered enough evidence to send Paiva ... Read More »

640K PlayStation Accounts for Sale on the Darknet

C. Aliens 640K PlayStation Accounts for Sale on the Darknet A vendor under the name “SunTzu583” listed 640,000 PlayStation user accounts on TheRealDeal marketplace. Unlike many database dumps, these accounts landed on the darknet, fully decrypted and in plaintext. SunTzu583 never explained where the accounts came from but said the username and password combo worked with PlayStation-related activities. The plaintext ... Read More »

US Silk Road 2.0 Reseller Sentenced To Prison

Michael Carlton Paiva, a 30-year-old man from Norton Shores, was sentenced to prison for ordering various substances from the dark net and reselling them to his customers locally. The suspect was arrested as part of an international law enforcement operation. Operation Onymous, a joint police action between the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Europol, and local authorities, resulted in the bust ... Read More »

New Hampshire Bill Would Defend Cryptocurrencies

A new bill recently passed in the New Hampshire House of Representatives would reverse regulations created by a law that was enacted in 2015. The regulations enacted in 2015 were the result of ironically numbered House Bill 666, a piece of legislation that was requested by the New Hampshire Banking Department. House Bill 666 regulated certain cryptocurrency businesses as money ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, March 26 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: A bitcoin scaling meeting may take place in May According to CoinDesk, a small group of bitcoin industry leaders, developers, and miners plan on discussing the cryptocurrency’s future in a meeting taking place in New York, in May. A notice including a list of potential guests was posted to ... Read More »

Legal Aspects of DAO (Decentralized Autonomous Organization)

Decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) represents an innovative means for organization of a network of decentralized users for taking common decisions and engaging in smart contracts. Any user can submit a smart contract proposal to the DAO. Every user can vote for or against any given smart contract. The DAO program will execute the decision voted for by the majority. The ... Read More »

A Comprehensive Privacy Analysis of Tor Hidden Services

Tor is one of the most popular darknets, which is known for its high levels of anonymity. Even though Tor’s protocol and its relay security have been thoroughly studied, there is currently no detailed analysis of the framework and privacy of hidden web services on this widely used darknet. To address this, a group of researchers formulated a specialized analysis ... Read More »

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Exploratory Data Analysis for Tor Marketplaces – The Drugs’ Case

The world of anonymous marketplaces represents a novel channel for black markets, which offer a wide variety of illegal merchandize. For most marketplaces on the darknet, the overall incidence of sales is still not comparable with the sales incidence of similar physical markets. Nevertheless, given the fact that it reflects an essential trade channel, offering opportunities to new as well ... Read More »

Attorney in Ireland Links the DNMs to an Ongoing Gang War

In Belfast, a High Court case took a surprising twist when the prosecution made their argument. The Gardaí arrested three men several months ago for attempted purchase of illegal weapons from the darknet. One of the men, Thomas Morgan, received no bail, but his co-defendants saw a completely different situation. Despite his claims that he played no role in the ... Read More »

Europe-wide Raids In Three Countries Taking Down Cybercrime Network

On Tuesday, law enforcement authorities in three European countries raided numerous locations and detained several suspects who were linked to a cybercrime forum on the dark web. Just in Germany, more than 1,000 investigators searched over 120 homes and offices in connection with crimenetwork.biz. On the dark net website, cybercriminals were selling various illicit products, including stolen goods, narcotics, and ... Read More »