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Bitcoin News Roundup 14.1.18

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Microsoft temporarily stopped accepting Bitcoin payments Software and hardware giant Microsoft halted Bitcoin payments this week, as first reported by Bleeping Computer, citing the “unstable” state of the cryptocurrency. When pressed, the company’s customer support revealed that Microsoft decided to stop accepting the cryptocurrency back in July 2017, due ... Read More »

Lurk and WannaCry created by FSS

Konstantin Kozlovsky, a Russian hacker, claims that Federal Security Service of Russia (FSS) curated the creation of the viruses WannaCry and Lurk. He was arrested in 2016 along with 40 other hackers who are believed to be members of the group Lurk. At the moment Konstantin is the main suspect indicted in the criminal case of the group. He also ... Read More »

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Four School Dropouts from Jharkhand Arrested For Online Fraud

Jharkhand has been labeled as the global capital of cyber fraud. This district hosts several cybercriminals and the majority of them are school dropouts. In response to this, the Indian government has taken initiatives to train policemen to crackdown electronic fraud. The police, in the middle of the year arrested 100 people from the district, and most of them were ... Read More »

Portsmouth Dark Web Drug Dealer Jailed For 16 Years

A 26-year-old dark web drug dealer has been handed a 16-year prison sentence for selling drugs he imported from the dark web. Kurt Lai Lan, the culprit, imported over thousands of MDMA tablets from the dark web which unfortunately for him was intercepted by officers. According to the officers, the package had more than 11,000 MDMA tablets which were worth ... Read More »

Romania Police Arrest a Darknet Ransomware Gang of Five

Romanian police made their first ransomware related arrest in five years. According to Europol, the Romanian police responded to the call of rampant ransomware attacks and sales of hacked data on the Darknet, to go all out to arrest a gang of five. The gangs were suspected to have launched a series of cyber attacks across Europe infecting computers and ... Read More »

Flaws in Postal Services Are Allowing Opioids into Florida

Anthony Gomes, with his partner Elizabeth Ton, was apprehended by law enforcement some weeks back for distributing large quantities of deadly drugs which they bought from China via the web. The good part of this illicit act was that they got to live a very luxurious lifestyle, owning expensive items including a private plane and others but then, the other ... Read More »

Edward Snowden Helps Create App to Fight Evil Maid Attacks

The man who helped expose the NSA’s warrantless global mass surveillance programs is now helping users protect their hardware from physical tampering by attackers. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has helped create a new Android app which helps secure hardware from “Evil Maid” attacks. An Evil Maid attack is when a device is physically tampered with, without the device owner’s knowledge. ... Read More »

Undercover Agents Makes A Successfully Purchase Of AR-15 Automatic Rifle On Dark Web.

The government undercover and accountability office released the results of its undercover attempts to purchase firearms and weapons on the famous marketplaces of the dark web with an intention of collecting intelligence on what particularly happens there. The attempted surface web purchases and trades were made “through a wide range of scenarios developed to make the seller believe that the ... Read More »

Darknet Vendor ‘DutchKings’ Sentenced to Seven Years

In November 2016, Netherlands police arrested two darknet drug dealers in Eemnes. The duo had sold hundreds of thousands of Euros of marijuana, ecstasy, and cocaine. In December 2017, the partners faced a judge in court and received lengthy prison sentences for drug distribution and money laundering crimes. At their Eemnes farm, 24-year-old Brandon M. and 26-year-old Kim van H. ... Read More »

Elysium Member Admits Guilt in Dresden Court

In July, the Federal Criminal Police Office raided an apartment and arrested a 39-year-old male. At the same time, a massive darknet child abuse forum called Elysium suddenly went dark. The apartment belonged to the owner of the forum and the BKA had seized his servers. Six months later, one of the 87,000 Elysium members appeared at the Dresden District ... Read More »

Darknet Dealers Caught for Shipping 500,000 Pills

In December, authorities arrested two California men for their participation in a massive opioid trafficking conspiracy that spanned the United States. The defendants, Andrew Tablack, a 26-year-old from Beverly Hills, California, and Stephan Durham, a 43-year-old from Altadena, California, allegedly shipped cyclopropyl fentanyl pills across the United States. Authorities claimed that the men operated a darknet market vendor account and ... Read More »

Couple Paid Child’s Tutor with Amphetamine

Two adults faced a judge at Wolfratshausen district court for the unauthorized distribution of amphetamine to a minor and for later buying drugs from the same minor. The minor, an unrelated investigation uncovered, sold a wide array of drugs and IDs ordered from the darknet. The couple housed him and had known of some of his activities. Court proceedings for ... Read More »

Former Russian police officer claims: “War on drugs is lost”

During the interview to “Lenta.ru,” a former officer of Federal Drug Control Service of Russia explained how the war on drugs was lost and why all controlled substances are sold and bought on the darknet. “No one buys on the streets” In the Drug Control Service we did not follow trends. Maybe it happened because we got used to monitoring ... Read More »

9.1.18 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Woman Sentenced to Six Years for Hiring a Hitman on the Darknet The 58-year-old woman who paid a “hitman” on the darknet to have her love/ex-lover killed received a six year prison sentence. Danish police kept the case quiet for the greater part of 2017. Towards the end of the year, the public learned that the authorities had locked up ... Read More »