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Phishing Attack Potentially Compromised 18k Employees

In nearly every industry, phishing emails are all but scarce. Not all make headlines. And never are two separate instances identical. Each company might face different degrees of fallout. And many factors are responsible for this. One of which is the size of the company—and a recent phishing attack at a US media company Gannett Co—exemplifies the type of large ... Read More »

Barclays to Renovate Security, Hopes to Cut Fraud by 75%

Barclays called financial fraud a “national resilience issue” in a recent anti-fraud announcement wherein they spoke of the prevalence of the so-called “invisible” crime. The bank revealed plans for a $12 million advertising campaign as a step towards fraud prevention. Younger account holders between the ages of 25 and 34 were at twice the risk for financial fraud than “older ... Read More »

Over 200 Android Apps Are Tracking Users with Ultrasonic Beacons

A group of German researchers from Brunswick Technical University have discovered that at least 234 Android apps are employing ultrasonic tracking beacons to track users and their surroundings. In November of last year, British researchers from the University College London presented their findings on the privacy and security issues that plague ultrasonic tracking by advertisers, during a talk they delivered ... Read More »

Cambridge Professor Obtains 2,000 CP on Dark Web Only Receives 1 Year Sentence

Simon Jarvis, a 53-year-old professor at the prestigious educational institution Cambridge University, was sentenced to 12 months in prison after pleading guilty to the possession and distribution of Category A child pornography. Law enforcement agencies and investigators often categorize child pornography to three levels: Category A, B and C, with A being the most serious. It was revealed that Jarvis ... Read More »

Bitcoin Achieved $2,000, Regardless of WannaCry Ransomware, Change of Image?

Last week, the majority of mainstream media outlets in the US with the exception of CNBC and Bloomberg blamed bitcoin for the global WannaCry ransomware attack and for providing ransomware distributors a financial lifeline, instead of addressing a more important issue that is the development of Microsoft-targeting malware by the National Security Agency (NSA). Although bitcoin is the lifeline for ... Read More »

Dark Web Pedo Sentenced 13 Years in Prison

Roy Harvender Jr. from New Castle County, Delaware, a 59-year-old member of Website 19, a dark web child pornography darknet marketplace which fully operated from 2012 to 2014, was arrested and sentenced to 13 years in prison. Harvender, who is better known in the dark web as ricenbeans, actively engaged in the distribution and acquisition of child pornography on the ... Read More »

Acropolis Market Bites the Dust Without an Exit Scam

When the industry is drug trafficking and “anonymous,” online drug trafficking at that, there will never be a lack of casualties. At least in the foreseeable future. But with drug cryptomarkets, the majority of any damage comes from the marketplace itself. And even though then, the loss is usually only a financial one. When June 30 rolls around, the community ... Read More »

22.5.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

22.5.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup: “US Darknet Drug Traffickers Arrested After Overdose Of A Teen” The overdose of an 18-year-woman on the US West Coast led to the arrest of a well-known Alphabay vendor on the East Coast, PeterTheGreat. Law enforcement caught the duo behind the vendor account within a few months—an accomplishment authorities used to express the effectiveness ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, May 20, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: WannaCry ransomware campaign netted hackers nearly $100,000 in bitcoin A massive global ransomware campaign using a strain known as WannaCry, carried out by an unknown author, recently hit organizations in nearly 100 countries using an NSA exploit and demanded a bitcoin ransom in return for the victims’ files back. ... Read More »

Leaked UK Privacy Law Requires ISP Spying and Hacking

According to a recently leaked draft of the Investigatory Powers bill, the UK government is searching for a new mass surveillance method. And not in the sense that the government is asking private firms how to access the darknet to purchase stolen NSA tools; they are in the process of developing a plan to force those fortune, namely ISPs, into ... Read More »

470 BTC Stolen in a Nearly Buried 2015 Drug Case

In India, after the Ahmedabad branch of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) raided a narcotics ring, investigators seized 470 bitcoins from the group’s bitcoin wallets. The raid on the group of online drug traffickers occurred in early 2015. At some point in June of the same year, an NCB investigator named Satyendra Kumar Singh “froze the accounts.” Roughly one year ... Read More »

Law Enforcement Arrested 900 PlayPen Users Worldwide

After the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested the administrator then took control of the child porn website PlayPen, investigators all over the world arrested about 900 users of the illicit site. In December 2014, the FBI took control of the PlayPen child porn website for 13 days after arresting the administrator. While the Bureau was controlling the website, they uploaded ... Read More »

Slovakian Drug Dealer Arrested In Germany

German law enforcement authorities arrested a Slovak national, who is accused of selling narcotics. On May 2, just before midnight, police officers have identified the suspicious activity of an 18-year-old man near the railway station in Zorneding, Germany. When the officers checked the identity of the suspect, the 18-year-old handed out a pre-rolled joint to the police officers, presumably in ... Read More »

Three Men Sentenced For 15 Years, Obtained Cache of Guns From Dark Web

Three men pleaded guilty to the possession of a massive storage of ammunition, firearms and paraphernalia on November 2, 2016. This week, brothers Abdullah Ali and Adam Ali, and 21-year-old Roman Nikolajevs were sentenced to 15 years in prison for the illegal possession of firearms and illicit activities on the dark web.   In early 2015, the Ali brothers initially ... Read More »