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Online drug dealers dumping cryptomarkets for WhatsApp and Telegram

According to a recent report published by the Independent, online illicit drug dealers are shifting to encrypted messaging applications, such as WhatsApp and Telegram, as law enforcement agencies are increasingly cracking down on darknet marketplaces, or cryptomarkets. Citing the works of an anonymous darknet researcher, the Independent report stated that drug dealers are currently advertising their Telegram channels via graffiti ... Read More »

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Research: How to secure the Tor network against correlation attacks

Traffic flow correlation represents one of the most commonly used techniques in a variety of deanonymization attacks against users of the Tor network. An attacker who can monitor network traffic on both ends of a communication channel can successfully launch an end-to-end correlation attack. These attacks rely on using statistical correlation methods to identify if a traffic stream originating from ... Read More »

An overview of Symantec’s 2019 Internet Security Threat Report

Every year, Symantec, the provider of anti-virus solutions, publishes its “Internet Security Threat Report”, which presents a detailed analysis of internet security trends in the preceding year. 2019’s Internet Security Threat Report presents a thorough analysis of cyberattacks that took place in 2018, which include formjacking, ransomware, cryptojacking, cloud security breaches, election interferences, and more. Throughout this article, we will ... Read More »

Cubbit launches a decentralized peer-to-peer cloud storage service

The internet was originally innovated to offer humans a decentralized network for computer based communications that is independent of any central entity’s control of data flow. The world wide web was not originally developed to rely on enormous server farms, cloud lock-ins, and high speed networks, as it has evolved to be today. However, it was inspired by concepts of ... Read More »

The costs of different forms of bandwidth DoS attacks against the Tor network

Tor is by far the most popular anonymity communication protocol ever developed, with over eight million daily users. All of these users rely on Tor to obfuscate their connections to the world wide web as well as distributed peers and also to bypass internet censorship by governmental entities that control the internet infrastructure. Tor is used by individuals and businesses ... Read More »

Man Busted for 50k Fentanyl Pills Linked to yet another Scandal

According to investigators, the drug bust that took place in Cherokee County leading to the recovery of 50,000 fentanyl pills has led to more arrests. Apparently, with the aid of several other agencies, the Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad managed to track down a 35 year old man named Frederick Michelson. According to the team, Michelson was not only manufacturing but ... Read More »

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Utilizing darknets in cyber warfare conflicts

Darknets can act as legal anonymity networks that enable journalists, human right activists, whistleblowers, and others to communicate in an anonymous manner and evade censorship. On the other hand, darknets facilitate the trading of various forms of illicit goods and services including narcotics, child pornography, counterfeited documents, weapons, hacking tools, zero-day exploits, and others. As such, darknets represent a major ... Read More »

Robert Czachowski Pleads Guilty of Buying Xanax Pills on Darknet

Federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh City, Pennsylvania, have reported that James R. Czachowski, a resident of the city confessed to purchasing over 10,000 pills of Xanax from the dark web. The accused said he planned to peddle the drugs to addicts all over the city through which he would make a total profit of $10,000. His arrest came in April after ... Read More »

Minister Richard Bruton Spearheads New National Cyber Security Strategy in Ireland

Sir Richard Bruton, Minister of Communications, Climate Action and Environment from Dublin, begun efforts on March 19 towards employing new methods to curb and prevent cyber-attacks. This is in response to the increasing number of cyber-crimes experienced by individuals, firms or businesses, and Ireland’s overall security. Statistics show that cyber-attacks in Ireland have more than doubled in the past year. ... Read More »

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Cherokee Drug Operation Expands into North Carolina, Gun Cache Seized

A Woodstock based couple accused of making and selling the highly potent drug fentanyl on the dark web has been arrested following intense investigations. As the investigators extended their search to North Carolina, the couple’s son and his wife were also apprehended. The Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad, on a Monday afternoon, released a statement saying, “On Thursday of last week, ... Read More »

Prolific Dark Web Counterfeit Vendor Sentenced to Three Years in Austria

In March, a court in Austria sentenced a dark web vendor to three years in prison for selling almost 70,000 counterfeit euro notes on various dark web marketplaces. The counterfeiter had previously admitted to charges of counterfeiting and money laundering. A spokesperson for the sentencing court in Leoben, Austria, announced that the case against one of the largest vendors of ... Read More »

Man Finds Himself in Manhattan Court for Fraudulent Money Wiring

The U.S. Attorney in charge of New York – Southern District, Geoffrey Berman notified the public that a resident of Lithuanian by the name Evaldas Rimasauskas admitted that he wired more than $100 million into bank accounts through fraudulent means. The fifty-year-old Lithuanian took the guilty plea in a federal court in Manhattan before Geroge Daniels, a States District Judge. ... Read More »

24-year-old Man Sentenced for purchasing Narcotics on Darknet

A 24-year-old man hailing from Bad Hersfeld has been convicted and sentenced for being in possession of a huge amount of narcotics. He is said to have acquired the drugs via the darknet. Following his own confession, the Schöffengericht chaired by Judge Silvia Reidit arrived at the verdict despite a plea from defense lawyer Harald Ermel. Attorney Dr. Christine Seban ... Read More »