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Police Takes Down French Dark Net Website Selling Narcotics

French law enforcement authorities arrested five men, aged between 23 and 59, who are suspected of running a website on the dark web selling different kinds of drugs. The judicial police in Versailles, France detained and placed the five suspects in police custody on Wednesday. The prosecution accused the defendants of setting up and running a website for several months ... Read More »

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Dark Net Trade A New Phenomenon In Polish Counterfeiting Report

Recently, the Police Headquarters, the Polish National Bank, along with the Ministry of Justice conducted a report on the issue of counterfeiting in the European country. The study also mentioned the rising popularity of the dark web counterfeit euro trade. According to the recent report conducted on the year of 2015, the most popular banknotes counterfeiters pressed are 20 and ... Read More »

City Ceases Darknet Machine Learning Project

In October 2016, the Boston Police Department filed a request for access to software and technology that raised a minor difference in the community. Technically, the Boston Police Department filed a Request for Proposals. As suggested by the name, the Department requested proposals from outside security organizations and individuals In an email, Police Chief William Evans explained the RFP as ... Read More »

Darknet Money Launderer Sentenced to Eight Months Imprisonment

George Cottrell, a man DeepDotWeb covered extensively with respect to the criminal case, received his formal sentencing in early March. In December, 2016, Cottrell pleaded not-guilty to 20 charges out of the 21-count indictment. The charges centered around fraud in general. However, money laundering charges made an appearance too. He pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and managed ... Read More »

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A Public Transport Ticketing System That Accepts Bitcoin

In many parts of the world today, public transportation is faced by the problem of seemingly inconvenient ticketing processes. Bitcoin is a decentralized currency that can easily solve such problem. A group of developers from Liverpool University proposed a novel ticketing system for public transportation, which is comprised of an automatic ticketing vending machine that supports bitcoin payments. An essential ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup March 19, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: A code bug exploit knocked nearly 70% of Bitcoin Unlimited nodes offline On March 14, nearly 70% of nodes running Bitcoin Unlimited (BU) were knocked offline, after a bug in the software’s code was found. The bug was first flagged by a BU developer, but then spread on social ... Read More »

Police Department in Illinois Sells Seized Bitcoin on Coinbase

Police in the village of Vernon Hills, Illinois, are selling bitcoin that was seized under the civil asset forfeiture laws in joint criminal investigations with federal law enforcement agencies. The bitcoin is related to at least two ongoing criminal investigations, and are being seized. Civil asset forfeiture is a process which enables government to take property without a criminal conviction, ... Read More »

Internet Traffic Now Halfway To Being Fully Encrypted

In February of 2017, statistics from multiple large internet companies revealed that half of all internet traffic was encrypted. This marks a huge turning point in the movement to encrypt the internet. The use of the HTTPS protocol encrypts internet traffic, making it harder to conduct surveillance, censorship, content hijacking, and cookie stealing. While HTTPS does not hide which websites ... Read More »

Drug Trafficker Pleads Guilty to Bribing a USPS Employee

Rudolph Dwight Hanchard, a 39-year-old in Buffalo, New York, pleaded guilty to a crime involving bribery, marijuana, and the USPS. U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo heard the entire case against Hanchard and noted that the defendant faced 15 years in prison, if convicted. Additionally, Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. wrote that Hanchard faced a maximum fine of ... Read More »

Swedish Man Produced GHB And Sold It On The Dark Web

A man in his 40s, from Jönköping, Sweden, stood trial before the Jönköping District Court for drug trafficking. Law enforcement authorities arrested the alleged dark net vendor at the end of last year. Now, he is being prosecuted for serious crimes. According to the indictment, the prosecutor submitted to the Jönköping District Court on March 2, the man was arrested ... Read More »

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Narcotics Vendor Group Busted: Six Defendants Standing Trial In France

On March 2, six defendants were standing trial in France before the Nîmes Correctional Court. Law enforcement authorities charged the suspects with drug trafficking. According to official court documents, the six men sold narcotics on the dark web. The prosecution stated that “a part” of the drug trafficking operation took place on the dark net. However, due to the lack ... Read More »

Trust Is Risk – Bitcoin Based Reputation System for Online Decentralized Marketplaces

Online marketplaces can be either centralized or decentralized. Ebay is one of the most popular centralized online marketplaces, while OpenBazaar is by far the most popular decentralized online marketplace. Online marketplaces rely, in a way or another, on creating a reputation system for both sellers and buyers, which is a common denominator between centralized and decentralized marketplaces. In most cases, ... Read More »

Three Darknet Vendors Busted For MDMA Sales

Three MDMA vendors recently stood in a courtroom and heard potential prison sentences of eight years, if convicted. The three, John P., a 57-year-old, Bram V., a 27-year-old., and Thomas P., a 26-year-old sold “huge quantities of drugs through the dark web,” the prosecution claimed. The court mentioned that Dutch MDMA carried a reputation as the best on the market. ... Read More »