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Residential Community Was Involved In Dark Web Drug Deals In Germany

Earlier on this week, a 29-year-old man from Dachau, Germany, who is considered as the main suspect in the case, was standing trial for illegal drug trafficking. The investigation revealed that a residential community in Dachau was apparently acting as a central transshipment station for various kinds of drugs over a longer period of time. The 29-year-old was standing before ... Read More »

11.6.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

CIA Worked With Private Corporation to Hack Windows Users Following the FBI legal battle with Apple, the Israeli cybersecurity firm known as Cellebrite took the spotlight as law enforcement’s cellphone hacking go-to. Over time, information from Cellebrite and similar firms circulated and the public received a glance at that companies that create law enforcement’s hacking tools. Now, as a result ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, June 11, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: A CNBC commentator claims Bitcoin could reach $1 million thanks to ransomware CNBC commentator Jim Cramer, on the show “Squawk on the Street”, recently responded to a previously made comment by Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget who said Bitcoin could reach $1 million. According to Cramer Bitcoin could reach ... Read More »

Alphabay to Support Yet Another Payment Method: Zcash

In March 2017, Alphabay developers revealed a framework for yet another cryptocurrency: Ethereum. One month later, on May 1, the marketplace allowed the withdrawal and deposit of Ethereum. And rewind to 2016, Alphabay developers made the same advancement with Monero. Back to modern day, Alphabay staff announced impending support of Zcash, much to the surprise of Reddit users. The community ... Read More »

Four Man Standing Trial In Belgium For Darknet Arms Deal

On May 22, four defendants were standing trial at the Criminal Court of Tongeren, Belgium for attempted purchase of 10 Glock pistols. However, the deal was never conducted, before it could be made, law enforcement authorities arrested the suspects who sought to conduct the arms trade. An 18-year-old from Dilsen-Stokkem, Belgium, his father, and two accomplices had to stand before ... Read More »

Two Arrested In Romania For Drug Trafficking

Law enforcement authorities arrested two men in Iasi, Romania for trafficking in narcotics. Police claimed that one of the suspects ordered the illicit substances from the dark web, while the other bought them from him with the intention to resell the drugs. A press release of the Romanian law enforcement authorities revealed that on May 20, 2017 the Iasi Territorial ... Read More »

EU Groups Work on Anti BTC Money Laundering Tools

The result of the collaboration of 15 organizations from seven European countries took the form of a $5.6 million, three year long study into criminal and terrorist acts on the net. According to a press release by the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), they already launched a research project focused on cybersecurity. They want to “prevent criminals and attackers from ... Read More »

French Police Seized Tor Relays in WannaCry Investigation

On March 17, news outlets reported the sudden absence of several French Tor relays. Further data revealed that law enforcement agencies in France seized the the relays in connection with the investigation into WannaCrypt. WannaCrypt, the ransomware that struck “more than 200,000 devices worldwide,” used Tor to connect to a C2 server. The Central Office for Combating Crime Related to ... Read More »

Ex-Killer’s Letters “Sold Like Mad” on the Darknet

Following the death of the infamous murderer Ian Brady, the Belfast Telegraph spoke with an Ireland-based collector of serial killer murderabilia. Law enforcement coined the reasonably foreign word—murderabilia was defined as memorabilia of murderers, usually serial killers. This collector explained that after Brady’s death, the price of his letters skyrocketed. As did some of his personal belongings like toothbrushes. Sellers ... Read More »

Source Claims a Teenager Owned the Hell Forums

According to Motherboard, an anonymous entity provided court documents that linked a Canadian teenager to one of the owners of the Hell forum. In 2015, the alleged owner of the forum hacked into a TeacherLogic account. The forum (temporarily) shut down in July of that same year. Circumstantial evidence caused several individuals to believe that random Canadian hackers matched Ping’s ... Read More »

Bitcoin Brain Wallets : Hackers’ Heaven!

Since its launch in 2009, Bitcoin has by far been the most successful cryptocurrency, attracting a considerable magnitude of research during the past few years. Just like every other cryptocurrency, authorization of transfer of bitcoins from an account to the other relies on ECDSA digital signatures. The rising popularity of bitcoin, especially among non-tech savvy individuals and populations who have ... Read More »

German Lawyer Provides Legal Information On Dark Net Drug Orders

Lawyer Philipp Rinklin, who is specialized in criminal law, provided legal information in cases where the defendants have ordered narcotics from the dark web. “Mr. Philipp Rinklin can also support you as an expert in criminal law competently and expertly – because it is your guaranteed basic right to be represented as a defendant in a criminal case represented by ... Read More »

CIA Worked With Private Corporation to Hack Windows Users

In late May, WikiLeaks released another edition of their Vault 7 series of leaks from the CIA. Previous Vault 7 leaks exposed how the CIA targets Apple users. Earlier in May, WikiLeaks published leaks on the CIA’s “AfterMidnight” and “Assassin” malware for Windows. The new leak, which details malware called Athena and Hera, also exposes how the CIA is able ... Read More »

Federal Police Grabbed 78K Ecstasy Pills During Operation Porto

On May 22, Federal Criminal Police Office announced a set of numbers attached to their anti-drug operation, known as “Operation Porto.” Since 2015, at least 170 kilograms of “poisons” and 78,000 ecstasy landed in police custody, many of which were en route to Austria. The police managed to track down at least 700 suspects, a spokesperson from the BKA explained. ... Read More »

Feds Using Stingrays to Catch Immigrants

A recently unsealed application for a search warrant in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan revealed for the first time that federal law enforcement agents are using IMSI catchers, also known as cell site simulators, or more popularly known as Stingrays, to track down illegal immigrants. Stingrays act as fake cell phone towers which mobile devices ... Read More »