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Darknet Weapons Vendor From Kansas Sentenced to 52 Months in Prison

Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division along with Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall of the District of Kansas announced the end of a darknet gunrunner case. A Kansas man Michael Andrew Ryan, aka Brad Jones and GunRunner, signed a plea deal to shorten his sentence—contingent upon information Ryan provided. According to the Department ... Read More »

Bitcoin has Transformed From Darknet Money into Digital Gold

In the early years of bitcoin, even until the end of 2014, bitcoin was perceived as darknet money used to purchase drugs and illicit goods in the dark web. Over the past two years, this image of bitcoin has changed significantly. Bitcoin has transformed from darknet money into digital gold. In late 2016, the global financial market and economy struggled, ... Read More »

French Gov’t: Difficult to Stop ISIS Because of Darknet

French government officials and security agencies believe the darknet is acting as a catalyst for the growth and sustainability of ISIS and alternative terrorist groups. At an international cyber security conference in France, Guillaume Poupard, head of the French national security service the Agence nationale de la sécurité des systèmes d’information (ANSSI), established his strong stance on the darknet by ... Read More »

Princeton & Stanford Research Shows Anonymous Browsing Histories Linked to Social Media

Princeton University’s assistant professor of computer science Arvind Narayanan in collaboration with three Stanford University researchers released a study entitled “De-anonymizing Web Browsing Data with Social Networks,” to demonstrate how anonymous browsing histories are linked to social media platforms such as Facebook, Reddit and Twitter to supplement various operations such as targeted advertising. Through simulation and experiments based on actual ... Read More »

Twitter Announces Two FBI Gag Orders, Intends to Keep Pushing for Transparency

Elizabeth Banker, Twitter’s Associate General Counsel for Global Law Enforcement, published “#Transparency update: Twitter discloses national security letters.” The Twitter lawyer’s post brought up interesting points with relevance to events on Reddit in general and the darknet market subreddit, /r/darknetmarkets. More importantly though, or at least with respect to Banker’s Transparency update, Twitter released two redacted National Security Letters from ... Read More »

Boston Police Department Ends Plan To Monitor the Darknet and Social Media

On January 13th, 2017, the Boston, Massachusetts Police Department announced that it was not going to go forward with their plan to spend up to $1.4 million to acquire software to monitor social media, the darknet, and the deep web for criminal activity and threats to public safety. In a statement posted on the Boston Police Department’s web site, Boston ... Read More »

Canada’s New Cyberweapon “Project Arachnid” Crawls the Internet for Child Pornography

Ever since the public gained access to the internet, some entity always found a way to attract law enforcement’s attention. Hacking, drug dealing, and financial crimes like credit card fraud or identity theft often topped the list in pure numbers. However, one type of crime often attracted more attention than others: child pornography and sites that facilitated the sharing of ... Read More »

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Bitcoin price analysis Febraury 14, 2017

China Strikes Again The People’s Bank of China, conducted an impromptu inspection some of the biggest exchanges in China. Price plunged as soon as word was out, from its $1085 highs, down to $951. Over the past 3 months, the world’s 2nd largest economy was partly responsible for the bull run of late 2016, and fully responsible for all the ... Read More »

Five Arrested for Hacking 41 ATMs and Stealing $2.5m in Taiwan

According to a press release from Europol, law enforcement in Europe and Asia ran a “complex operation” that resulted in five arrests. Three separate law enforcement agencies made the arrests after collecting intel during the year-long investigation into “an organized criminal group.” The European and Asian law enforcement agencies involved—agencies in Romania, Belarus, and Taiwan—successfully convicted three of the five ... Read More »

Man Uploads Videos of Himself Abusing a Child to a Pedophile Site, Police Arrest Him the Next Day

According to n-tv.de, German Police arrested a formerly wanted-man who repeatedly abused an eight-year-old girl and posted the videos on a “child porn platform through the darknet.” Police conducted the arrest on January 26, one day after they published his photos and asked the public for help finding him. The 27-year-old suspect from Traunstein, Bavaria, abused the girl on camera ... Read More »

Owner of Four Illegal Online Pharmacies Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison

In late May 2014 U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan announced that a federal grand jury in the Western District of Washington indicted seven people for illegally distributing narcotics through an online pharmacy. The group, according to the indictment, sold $9,000,000 worth of controlled substances to patients without a prescription. On January 26, 2016, U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes announced the ... Read More »

Major Tor & Darknet Major Privacy Update, Gov’t Investigations Struggle

The Tor Project, a non-profit organization established to provide increased privacy and anonymity to billions of internet users, is set to roll out major privacy updates in the upcoming months which will obstruct active government and law enforcement investigations. Over the past few years, government and law enforcement agencies including Interpol and the FBI have conducted various investigations to crack ... Read More »

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Narcotics, Weapons, And Counterfeit Money Found In German’s Apartment

A 28-year-old man from Stuttgart, Germany stood before court for possessing large amounts of narcotics, counterfeit money, and weapons in his apartment. According to police information, all illegal goods were ordered from the dark web. The case started in 2016 when the suspect bought a kilogram of marijuana from a dark web vendor “River 87”, the defendant confessed. Meanwhile, the ... Read More »

German Police Raided Three Suspects for Showing Interest in Darknet Firearm Sales

Despite ample evidence pointing towards German law enforcement’s enhanced ability to catch darknet firearm buyers, people keep trying to buy guns online. Some countries may not report a connection between illegal guns and the darknet. And other countries—according to a Russian forum where guns are a commonplace—have more pressing matters than hunting down gun buyers. Whatever the case may be, ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, February 12, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: China’s central bank threatened to shut down bitcoin exchanges The People’s Bank of China (PBOC), China’s central bank, released a statement in its website, where it laid out a warning issued to several bitcoin exchanges in a meeting. Notably, the People’s Bank of China told exchanges not to take ... Read More »