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Dispatch from Academia: Exit scams, hacking, violence, predation and fraud

Rasmus is a PhD student at the School of Criminology at University of Montréal. He has studied DNM’s since early 2014 and has, among other things, researched the politics of DNM’s, the demand DNM’s satisfy, how DNM’s affect global drug trafficking and much more. Currently his PHD research centers around trust and transactions on DNM’s, and he works with leading ... Read More »

US Attorney General Says Use of Bitcoin on the Darknet is a Big Problem

During a recent Department of Justice oversight hearing before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified about the concerns federal law enforcement have about the use of cryptocurrency on the darknet. The Attorney General’s remarks on the darknet were in response to a question from Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California. Senator Feinstein’s question ... Read More »

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Vendor Admits Selling 1,100 Grams of Heroin on Alphabay

On December 15, 2016, federal grand jury in Fresno, California, returned an indictment against an Alphabay vendor for fentanyl, heroin, and methamphetamine distribution. The vendor, Emil Vladimirov Babadjov, 32, had appeared in court the day before the indictment. The police picked him up following a criminal complaint that accused him of being the Alphabay vendor “Blime-Sub” and “BTH-Overdose.” Roughly 10 ... Read More »

Two Inmates Controlled Canadian Fentanyl Trade from Prison

On July 27, 2015, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of North Dakota announced the details of a fentanyl operation dubbed “Operation Denial.” The fentanyl overdoses of North Dakota teenagers pushed the operation into existence. The investigation first crossed North Dakota to Oregon. From Oregon, investigators traced fentanyl sources across international borders. Since 2015, the Department of Justice indicted ... Read More »

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Dream Vendor “CzechoSlovakFarm” Busted in Slovakia

Trenciansky Police, according to a post on the Slovak Police Force’s Facebook page, caught a 24-year-old marijuana vendor. The suspect, Juraj (equivalent to George in English), had distributed a significant quantity of marijuana through unknown darknet markets. At his house, police found almost 10 kilograms of dried cannabis and 25 seedlings. After a several month investigation, Slovak authorities traced the ... Read More »

MDMA Vendor Duo Sentenced to Six Years in Prison

Two 23-year-old men, according to the prosecution in a Netherlands court, sold “dozens of pounds” of MDMA on darknet markets in eight months alone. Despite their best claims to pretend they had distributed health supplements, both men left the courtroom with six year prison sentences. The suspects, Thijs V. from Houten and Mike W. from Muiden, sold various (and numerous) ... Read More »

31.10.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

“No Logs” VPN Provider Shared Logs with FBI Court documents from a recent cyberstalking case revealed that a VPN service with “unparalleled privacy” had actually maintained logs that identified a subscriber. The affidavit detailed how the suspect had used PureVPN and Tor to obscure internet traffic when spamming or harassing his target. According to an FBI agent, 24-year-old Ryan Lin ... Read More »

Cooperation an Essential Factor Needed To Secure IoT Says Europol

The embracing of the Internet of Things (IoT) has led to the creation of new legal, policy and regulatory challenges which has a broader and complex scope. Europol announced on October 19th that these challenges can be tackled when there is the existence of cooperation between different sectors as well as different stakeholders. This remark came after a two-day joint ... Read More »

Two Chinese Nationals Charged in Darknet Fentanyl Case

Two Chinese nationals have been indicted in an international drug trafficking investigation. The two Chinese men who were indicted include 38 year old Jian Zhang and 40 year old Xiaobing Yan. Both men were indicted on charges of trafficking fentanyl into the United States. Law enforcement claims that the two men had made transactions on the darknet to American and ... Read More »

Russian Government Fines Telegram for Not Providing A Backdoor

The Russian government has fined Telegram 800,000 Rubles, which is approximately 14,000 US Dollars. The Meshchansky District Court in Moscow had levied the fine after Telegram failed to comply with an official request from the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation, better known as the FSB, to be given access to the decrypted content of encrypted Telegram chats. The ... Read More »

Bitcoin News Roundup 29.10.17

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Bitcoin Gold’s website hit with a DDoS attack after it separated from the Bitcoin blockchain This week, another hard fork created Bitcoin Gold (BTG) a new cryptocurrency that aims to solve Bitcoin’s mining problems by creating an ASIC-resilient mining ecosystem, where the gap between GPU/CPU and ASIC mining is ... Read More »

Starting Your Black-Market Business in The Digital Era

In this day and age, businesses have leveraged the power of the internet to expand their businesses significantly. With corporate giants such as Amazon and eBay, there is no question to whether it works – it’s 2017, and nearly everybody owns at least a smartphone and a computer. But it’s not only your conventional businesses that have leveraged the insane ... Read More »