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Why Meal-Replacement Drink Company Soylent​ is Opening a Dark Web Store

Venture capital-backed meal replacement drink manufacturer Soylent officially launched a dark web store called Soy Route as a part of its collaborative marketing project with advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy. Similar to alternative dark web marketplaces and stores, Soy Route is a .onion website which can only be accessed through the anonymous browser Tor. On the Soy Route dark web store, consumers ... Read More »

Legislators Introduce Bills to Protect Digital Privacy Rights at US Borders

Two bills have been filed in Congress to stop warrantless searches and seizures of electronic devices, such as computers, phones, and tablets, as well as online accounts at American borders. In the United States Senate, Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon and Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky are jointly introducing a bill called the “Protecting Data at the Border ... Read More »

Drug Seizures in Germany Up 232 Percent

The Frankfurt Airport Customs Office, more often than not, is at the center of many deep web drug crimes in Germany. This is with good reason; the customs office serves as a major hub for both people and mail. And not only a hub for those in the region, the Frankfurt Airport Customs Office connects one part of the world ... Read More »

Europol Links Darknet Markets and Terrorism

Europol—via themselves, law enforcement, the private sector, or otherwise—continually made Bitcoin-related appearances over the last five years. And according to the most recent study that involved Bitcoin and illegal firearm trade, illegal firearm dealers moved to the darknet. Not just any firearm dealers (I.e., vendors), but organized crime vendors. Europol quietly pushed a connection between organized crime, the dark web, ... Read More »

Facebook Loses Appeal Against Bulk Warrant

On Tuesday, April 4, a New York state court denied Facebook’s objection to a slew of search warrants that demanded access to 381 user accounts. Facebook argued that the warrants—all issued by the News York State Attorney’s Office—violated a person’s right to privacy, including privacy rights outlined in the Constitution. As with the warrant obtained in the playpen case, Facebook ... Read More »

Tax Fraud Up 6,000 Percent as W-2s Fill Darknet Markets

Internet scams are nothing new. Every time one scam gets outdated, the scammer move from one scam to the next. And while people may have learned that those emails never came from African prince and princesses, they started falling for new scams. IBM’s X-Force found a 6,000 percent increase in email fraud between December 2016 and January 2017. The researchers, ... Read More »

TrueBit and Golem – The Future of Computation Outsourcing

Every public consensus based cryptocurrency available today, such as bitcoin and ethereum, offers a blockchain, or a definitive public ledger which is comprised of financial transactions. This consensus based algorithm enables bitcoin transactions from one user to the other, while transactions of ethereum’s blockchain combine financial transactions with database operations which rely on the execution of more complex pieces of ... Read More »

250g Amphetamine Buyer to See a Judge in April

In late 2016, a 24-year-old man from Bad Ischl in Upper Austria caught the investigative eye of Customs officials at the Frankfurt airport.Police simply intercepted, by chance, a package of amphetamine headed directly for the man, bearing his name. Authorities from Customs in Frankfurt sent word of the package seizure to law enforcement in Austria and an arrest occurred shortly ... Read More »

Another School Teacher Found Guilty for Child Porn

A Penarth man started serving an eight-month prison sentence following the results of his early April hearing at Newport Crown Count. The man, 45-year-old Paul Bulpin, pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images and three counts of possessing indecent images of children. After his arrest on March 2 of this year, Bulpin explained that he downloaded child pornography ... Read More »

Buyer Busted After Using the Wrong Name for Shipping

On March 31, 2017, a 23-year-old computer science student stood in front of a judge at a courthouse in Toulouse, France. He faced charges linked to the distribution—as well as possession and consumption—of numerous drugs on a darknet marketplace. The actual charges stemmed from a mishandled ecstasy purchase, but when police raided the man’s home, they found “a real supermarket” ... Read More »

Melbourne Man Pleads Guilty To Credit Card Shopping Scam

At the end of 2014, a Melbourne man was arrested in Australia for taking part in a darknet shopping scam involving stolen credit cards. Now, as he was standing trial, he confessed to some of the charges against him. According to the court information, the 36-year-old Tanmoy Islam was an active member of the darknet community. The defendant met “Mr ... Read More »

Romanian Police Join Forces With Domestic Internet Security Company To Fight Cybercrime

The Romanian police collaborate with internet security company BitDefender to fight cybercrime on a global scale. According to a press release published by the General Inspectorate of the Romanian Police (IGPR – Romania’s police force), they are joining forces with domestic internet security company BitDefender to fight cybercrime globally. Bitdefender is an internet security software company based in Romania, represented ... Read More »

Four Admit Guilt In Marijuana Conspiracy

In December 2015, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced an eight count indictment filed against six people from the area. The grand jury indictment accused six with their involvement in a drug trafficking conspiracy and four with related drug crimes such as possession. Many received money laundering charges. In April 2017, four of the six pleaded guilty to serious ... Read More »

French Student Sentenced To Prison For Selling Drugs At The University

Law enforcement authorities in France arrested a university student who is suspected of ordering narcotics from the dark web and selling them locally. According to police information, the 23-year-old computer science student, who was a ”festive consumer”, preferred to use the darknet to purchase the drugs versus shady street deals. Investigators claimed that all kinds of narcotics are sold on ... Read More »