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Six Austrians Bought Counterfeit Notes From The Dark Web – Sentenced To Community Work

On Wednesday, the Wiener Neustadt Regional Court sentenced six young persons, aged between 16 and 20, to community work for buying counterfeit euro notes from the dark web. The prosecutor charged them with counterfeiting, or with the possession and transfer of the banknotes. According to official court documents, the defendants, five men, and a woman, despite their different occupations (students, ... Read More »

Research Claims: The Dark Net Is Less Vulnerable To Hacking Attacks

The dark web is a part of the internet, which provides and maintains anonymity to its users. People can use this privacy to either illegal and legal ways. For example, in countries where freedom of speech is oppressed, or the media is censored, the citizens can use the Tor browser to connect to the dark web and anonymously browse the ... Read More »

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Hacker Who Tried To Frame Security Researcher in 2013 – Sentenced To Prison

A 31-year-old hacker from Ukraine, was sentenced to 41 months in prison for serious crimes, including ordering heroin from a narcotics vendor on the Silk Road Marketplace to security researcher Brian Krebs’ home. The cybercriminal is known by various names (both in the “real world” and on the dark net), including Sergey Vovnenko, Sergey Vovnencko, Tomas Rimkis, Flycracker, Flyck, Fly, ... Read More »

Couple Charged With Murder After Supplying Fentanyl as Fake Oxycodone

In late 2016, Cameron W. Johnson of Wyoming, Minnesota, overdosed on Oxycodone from the Darknet. The Oxycodone that tragically ended his life, as seen in several cases recently, was not Oxy. For those less familiar with the actual drug names, Roxicodone or OxyCONTIN might paint a more vivid picture. Regardless, the 18 year-old believed he took a pill he felt ... Read More »

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Bitcoin Price Analysis 15.3.17

This week, the build up to the Coin ETF decision by the Securities and Exchange Commission, climaxed after the application was rejected. Volatility resumed just in time for a massive spike to $1350 that was quickly followed by a sharp sell off to $975 – all in under 5 minutes on Friday afternoon. The ETF decision drew mixed feelings – ... Read More »

Darknet Data Broker Sold 95,000 Coachella Accounts on the Darknet

Data breaches are far from uncommon in the day and age we live in, yet some are more eye-catching than others. For instance, a self-described “Data Broker” listed 950,000 Coachella user accounts on a darknet marketplace. Database breaches and the darknet go hand-in-hand; hackers have an anonymous platform to distribute their stolen data. Mainly, based on the number of people ... Read More »

Irish Police and ATF Pleased With Collaboration in Gunrunner Case

In 2013, the Garda detected the recently convicted darknet weapons seller, Michael Andrew Ryan. Two years later, US law enforcement linked the online identity known as Brad Jones and Gunrunner. He faced 18 various weapons related charges—and they consisted, mainly, of selling Glocks, Berettas, and Tauruses on the darknet. He sold to Ireland, England, Scotland, and Australia, court documents explained. ... Read More »

The Blockchain Technology, Smart Contracts and Legal Procedures

A significant sum of money is spent every year in various litigation processes. Technically speaking, a significant portion of litigations can be prevented from even emerging provided that contracts, laws and policies are properly objectified. Today, the interpretation of legislations, policies and contracts yields a great deal of confusion and a myriad of ambiguities, which further complicates the process of ... Read More »

German Bought Explosive Materials From Dark Web

On Saturday, a 21-year-old from Mühldorf am Inn, Germany constructed an explosive set in a gravel pit in Gars am Inn. Witnesses heard the detonation and immediately informed law enforcement authorities. Fortunately, no one was injured in the life-threatening incident. The criminal investigation department in Mühldorf started investigating the case. Shortly after the detonation, two vehicles escaped and witnesses informed ... Read More »

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German Arrested In Narcotics Bust In Thuringia

In the summer of last year, German law enforcement authorities conducted a nationwide operation to crackdown the narcotics trade on the dark web. Within the scope of the procedure, investigators searched numerous apartments and houses. During the investigation, police discovered the illegal activities of a 22-year-old suspect from Thuringia. Law enforcement authorities arrested the 22-year-old from Wasungen, Germany, on Thursday. ... Read More »

UK Gov’t Says Bitcoin Ransomware & Banking Malware Are Top Frauds

The National Crime Agency (NCA), a national law enforcement and police agency in the UK, officially announced that bitcoin ransomware and banking malware are top cyber threats against businesses and the public. In the past 12 months, the vast majority of multi-trillion dollar industries, major corporations and even law enforcement agencies have fallen victim to sophisticated bitcoin ransomware attacks. As ... Read More »

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Child Porn Charges Against Man In Israel

A 50-year-old man from Tel Aviv, Israel was arrested for serious child porn charges. On Sunday, the State Attorney’s Cyber Division filed an indictment to the Magistrate’s Court against the security employee. According to the indictment, the defendant advertised and watched extremely violent child porn videos. The man is charged with “obscene advertisement, possession of images of a minor, solicitation ... Read More »

University Of Minnesota Student Arrested For Drug Trafficking

Spencer Nichols, an 18-year-old student at the University of Minnesota was arrested for drug trafficking. According to official documents at the Hennepin County District Court, the 18-year-old faces charges of a first-degree drug sale of 50 or more grams of a narcotic in a 90-day span, as well as a second-degree drug possession. The charges were outlined in a criminal ... Read More »

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Dutch Researcher: 23,000 Webshops Infected With Malware

According to internet security expert Willem de Groot, more than 23,000 merchants in the Netherlands are infected with malware that automatically sends payment details to the hackers. More and more Dutch webshops are infected with malicious software that sends sensitive customer information to foreign cybercriminals. When victims enter their credit card details on malware infected websites, the data is automatically ... Read More »

Major Narcotics Bust In India – 24 Arrested

The narcotics squad of Bengaluru’s crime department arrested two persons on Thursday who are suspected of selling drugs to students in India. Earlier this week, law enforcement authorities in the city detained two other suspects, a catering student and an Austrian national, who also sold illicit substances. The local authorities in Bengaluru conducted a major operation against narcotics dealers. Since ... Read More »