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Helsinki Police Arrest 16 in Darknet Investigation

Finland rarely hits the news for darknet busts of any sort, and especially not considerably large busts. However, according to a Finland need source, the country may have just set their own record for darknet address or not man-hour. Police in Helsinki reported the arrest of 16 people in connection with darknet market drug dealing. The record set, though, came ... Read More »

FBI Concerned Criminals Could Use Monero

Monero (XMR), the privacy-centric cryptocurrency that was first released in 2014, is now definitely on the FBI’s radar. In late 2016, darknet markets AlphaBay and Oasis Markets began to accept Monero for payments. At a recent seminar session attended by a journalist from CoinDesk, Special Agent Joseph Battaglia of the FBI’s Cyber Division in New York City, told 150 people ... Read More »

Darknet Vendors are Flooding the UK with Fraudulent Train Tickets

In 2016, law enforcement noticed an increase in ticket fraud in the UK. Investigators most commonly saw fraudulent train tickets but other types of tickets became a target for fraudsters. Eventually, an investigator traced the ticket fraud back to two men who used the darknet to cause millions of dollars of damage to banks and credit card companies. Andres Baravalle, ... Read More »

Police Fear That An Infamous Pedophile Still Runs His Darknet Porn Site From Behind Bars

While Richard Huckle earned the crown of Britain’s “worst pedophile ever,” other parts of the world have their own Huckle—and possibly an even worse one. The Philippines dealt with one such example. Peter Scully’s name traveled far beyond the small circles who follow darknet or deepweb news. He made mainstream media for his prolific acts of violence towards children. The ... Read More »

Australian Border Force Busts Darknet Drug Buyer For Importation and Distribution

The Australian Border Force and South Australia Police arrested a 31-year-old Port Neill man for importing a marketable quantity of drugs. Both law enforcement agencies, in conjunction with “partner agencies,” linked the man to a significant number of darknet purchases. After searching the man’s properties, the likelihood of the drugs being for personal use dropped to an astronomically low level. ... Read More »

Darknet Amphetamine Buyer Busted After Lack of Postage on a 250g Amphetamine Package

An all-too-familiar incident occurred in late January where the shortage of postage resulted in an investigation and subsequent arrest. A 31-year-old man from Geretsried, Germany, lacked 95 cents worth of postage on a package of amphetamines. In a fashion so commonly seen in the last few arrests, especially in this area, the package’s return address belonged to a local business. ... Read More »

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 »