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Research Reveals Australia is an Emerging Leader in Darknet Markets

According to research presented at the Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association Conference this month, Australia is only second to the Netherlands in the number of darknet market vendors per capita. There are a higher number of vendors from Australia on darknet markets when it comes to global trade of drugs, especially methamphetamine. These vendors account for over a quarter of ... Read More »

New Commission-based Ransomware As A Service Available Free On Dark Web

Recently, researchers have uncovered a new ransomware as a service (RaaS), which would allow free access for wannabe hackers. The Dot ransomware operates on a commission-based strategy, offering cybercriminals free access to the software while splitting the profits 50/50 on successful attacks. Security researchers claim that the new ransomware came out on February 19, and it is available via a ... Read More »

Two Dutch Brothers Arrested For Ordering Explosives From Undercover FBI Agent

Two brothers, 22-year-old Ali and 19-year-old Yusuf, were arrested in the Netherlands for ordering 500 grams of Semtex, a plastic explosive from the dark web. The explosive is mostly used in commercial blasting, demolition, and in certain military applications. However, Semtex became a popular tool for terrorists and paramilitary groups since it was extremely difficult to detect, until recently. According ... Read More »

Police Takes Down French Dark Net Website Selling Narcotics

French law enforcement authorities arrested five men, aged between 23 and 59, who are suspected of running a website on the dark web selling different kinds of drugs. The judicial police in Versailles, France detained and placed the five suspects in police custody on Wednesday. The prosecution accused the defendants of setting up and running a website for several months ... Read More »

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Dark Net Trade A New Phenomenon In Polish Counterfeiting Report

Recently, the Police Headquarters, the Polish National Bank, along with the Ministry of Justice conducted a report on the issue of counterfeiting in the European country. The study also mentioned the rising popularity of the dark web counterfeit euro trade. According to the recent report conducted on the year of 2015, the most popular banknotes counterfeiters pressed are 20 and ... Read More »

City Ceases Darknet Machine Learning Project

In October 2016, the Boston Police Department filed a request for access to software and technology that raised a minor difference in the community. Technically, the Boston Police Department filed a Request for Proposals. As suggested by the name, the Department requested proposals from outside security organizations and individuals In an email, Police Chief William Evans explained the RFP as ... Read More »

Darknet Money Launderer Sentenced to Eight Months Imprisonment

George Cottrell, a man DeepDotWeb covered extensively with respect to the criminal case, received his formal sentencing in early March. In December, 2016, Cottrell pleaded not-guilty to 20 charges out of the 21-count indictment. The charges centered around fraud in general. However, money laundering charges made an appearance too. He pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and managed ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup March 19, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: A code bug exploit knocked nearly 70% of Bitcoin Unlimited nodes offline On March 14, nearly 70% of nodes running Bitcoin Unlimited (BU) were knocked offline, after a bug in the software’s code was found. The bug was first flagged by a BU developer, but then spread on social ... Read More »

Police Department in Illinois Sells Seized Bitcoin on Coinbase

Police in the village of Vernon Hills, Illinois, are selling bitcoin that was seized under the civil asset forfeiture laws in joint criminal investigations with federal law enforcement agencies. The bitcoin is related to at least two ongoing criminal investigations, and are being seized. Civil asset forfeiture is a process which enables government to take property without a criminal conviction, ... Read More »

Internet Traffic Now Halfway To Being Fully Encrypted

In February of 2017, statistics from multiple large internet companies revealed that half of all internet traffic was encrypted. This marks a huge turning point in the movement to encrypt the internet. The use of the HTTPS protocol encrypts internet traffic, making it harder to conduct surveillance, censorship, content hijacking, and cookie stealing. While HTTPS does not hide which websites ... Read More »

Drug Trafficker Pleads Guilty to Bribing a USPS Employee

Rudolph Dwight Hanchard, a 39-year-old in Buffalo, New York, pleaded guilty to a crime involving bribery, marijuana, and the USPS. U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo heard the entire case against Hanchard and noted that the defendant faced 15 years in prison, if convicted. Additionally, Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. wrote that Hanchard faced a maximum fine of ... Read More »

Swedish Man Produced GHB And Sold It On The Dark Web

A man in his 40s, from Jönköping, Sweden, stood trial before the Jönköping District Court for drug trafficking. Law enforcement authorities arrested the alleged dark net vendor at the end of last year. Now, he is being prosecuted for serious crimes. According to the indictment, the prosecutor submitted to the Jönköping District Court on March 2, the man was arrested ... Read More »

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Narcotics Vendor Group Busted: Six Defendants Standing Trial In France

On March 2, six defendants were standing trial in France before the Nîmes Correctional Court. Law enforcement authorities charged the suspects with drug trafficking. According to official court documents, the six men sold narcotics on the dark web. The prosecution stated that “a part” of the drug trafficking operation took place on the dark net. However, due to the lack ... Read More »

Three Darknet Vendors Busted For MDMA Sales

Three MDMA vendors recently stood in a courtroom and heard potential prison sentences of eight years, if convicted. The three, John P., a 57-year-old, Bram V., a 27-year-old., and Thomas P., a 26-year-old sold “huge quantities of drugs through the dark web,” the prosecution claimed. The court mentioned that Dutch MDMA carried a reputation as the best on the market. ... Read More »