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New Haven Man Sentenced to Prison for Selling Fentanyl-Laced Cocaine

Frank Pina, a 57-year-old New Haven resident, just received an 81-month prison sentence from U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea. Shea sentenced Pina for distributing fentanyl-laced cocaine. His “cocaine” killed three New Haven residents in June alone. Pina himself overdosed on the concoction at least one time, court documents revealed. According to said documents, on June 23, seventeen people in ... Read More »

How Maliciously Crafted Images Spread Malware

Too many people got infected with ‘Locky’ ransomware recently so it got my attention. Without investigating the malware itself, I’m going to analyze the attack vector that distributed Locky through Facebook messenger via an image file! Locky distributors also used MS Office Word documents to spread their evilness in similar fashion which may be covered in another article soon. On ... Read More »

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Senator Introduces Bill to Delay FBI Changes to Rule 41

The FBI’s successful mass-hacking during “Operation Playpen” raised concerns over Rule 41. The Department of Justice proposed changes that would allow the FBI to hack thousands of computers—with one warrant. In reality, the FBI hacked 8,000 computers across the globe in Operation Playpen. The FBI routinely oversteps their boundaries but the upcoming changes would allow them to legally do so. ... Read More »

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Suspect Claims Someone Else Used His Computer to Buy Drugs, Jury Agrees

Kyle Nathan Smith, a 45-year-old Christchurch man, pleaded not guilty to five drug importation charges. The judge, Judge Brian Callaghan, agreed with the defendant. He found Smith not guilty on five charges of heroin, methamphetamine, and MDMA importation. The 45-year-old claimed someone else used his computer to buy drugs off the darknet. At the start of the three-day Christchurch District ... Read More »

Counterfeit Euros Is The New Trend Among Dark Net Criminals

Christmas and the holidays are near and e-commerce sales are booming. So too is the dark web where, according to a report by German newspaper volksfreund.de, criminals are buying progressively more counterfeit Euros. They say this is the reason why there’s plenty of fake Euro bills in the Rhineland-Palatinate region. There’s a recent story about Markus Reis, the owner of ... Read More »

10 Arrested As Part Of Operation Hyperion In Sweden

Law enforcement authorities in Kronoberg County, Sweden arrested 10 of the 50 alleged suspects who were identified as dark net narcotics buyers. ”We have received information that there are suspected buyers in Ljungby. In Växjö, two people were arrested in Araby Park. Police found a few hundred grams of cannabis on them,” said Robert Loeffel, Head of Region South. During ... Read More »

How to earn interest on your Bitcoin – Poloniex Lending

Bitcoin is a bit like the wild west of finance. If you want to be the one walking away towards the setting sun when the dust settles, you have to be extra careful as Bitcoin scams and ponzi schemes are everywhere. Unfortunately, these scams often work and many “investors” are left at the bottom of the pyramid holding an empty ... Read More »

Feds Give Security Researchers Two Years to Hack Almost Anything

The U.S. Copyright Office recently removed restrictions that hindered IoT security researchers. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) restrictions prevented researchers from reverse engineering copyrighted software. The same was true for cars, voting machines, “IoT” devices, and similar devices. Government opinions on the topic were scattered across the playing field. But the Army recently allowed hackers to hack the Pentagon and ... Read More »

Hackers Leave 900,000 Germans Without Internet for Two Days

Sunday, German company Telekom saw an outage that stretched into Monday. 900,000 customers were left without Internet, Phone, and Cable service. Routers across Germany were down for two days, and the company says that it wasn’t a problem with the network; it was identifying routers during the dial-up process. IT analysts found data that suggested the outage was the result ... Read More »

Porn Site xHamster Hacked, More Than 380,000 User Accounts for Sale

Over 100,000 user accounts on the porn site xHamster are trading and selling on the Darknet right now. Over 380,000 users have been found by the breach notification website LeakBase. The xHamster data base includes usernames, emails, and a score of not so hashed passwords. More than 12 million people use xHamster, and although it’s a free subscription, users are ... Read More »

Upper Austria Vendor Group Arrested

Three men were arrested in Vöcklabruck, Austria who are suspected of running a vendor shop on the dark web. A 47-year-old and two 20-year-old men allegedly sold about one kilogram of amphetamines on the dark net. Police information says the trio was in business from September 2015 to November 2016. The vendor group dealt in bulk orders of amphetamines, they ... Read More »

Russia And US Compete For Czech Extradition Of LinkedIn Hacker

Yevgeny Nikulin a.k.a Peace, a 29-year-old Russian citizen was accused of hacking US social media platforms including LinkedIn, Dropbox, and Formspring. Nikulin was arrested in a Prague hotel’s restaurant on October 5 in a joint action between the FBI and Czech law enforcement authorities. Now, being held in detention in the Czech Republic, both Russia and the US wants the ... Read More »