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Special Task Force in India Uncovers Credit Fraud Group

Police in Uttar Pradesh, India, recently discovered a group of “techies and students” that bought and sold credit card numbers. The group used the stolen credit cards to buy expensive items on the internet. And then resold them at low prices to their friends. A Special Task Force (STF) of UP Police found the group while investigating fraud for an ... Read More »

CP Forum in Spain Taken Down by Reverse Image Searches

An analyst from the University of Portsmouth named Gareth Owen conducted a study into users of Tor. He specifically looked into pedophiles and viewers of child pornography. Owen wanted to discover the weaknesses in child pornography sharing networks, along with future problems law enforcement might face. The researcher explained that, if someone operated in the correct fashion and took the ... Read More »

Final Defendants in Cannabinoid Ring Sentenced to 4.5 Years

In early June, we wrote about the sentencing of several members of a US-based cannabinoid trafficking ring. At the time of the update, nearly all the defendants named in the indictment had been sentenced. The leaders of the organization were still waiting for their sentencing court dates. Not long after the latest update, both of the main owners of the ... Read More »

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Bitcoin Price Analysis July 4th

The Scaling Debate Weighs on the price of Bitcoin Over the past 3 weeks, the price of Bitcoin has been reflective of the tension in the community surrounding a protocol scaling deadlock. Traders are clutching at straws, hoping for a return to the exciting bull trend since 2015. But the failure to break the $3,000 level, and a scaling debate ... Read More »

Swiss Customs Chief: Germany Needs A Financial Police

Recently, Frank Bruckenhofer, Chairman of the Customs Department of the Trade Union of the Swiss Confederation, pointed out in Berlin that Germany needs a Financial Police. Bruckenhofer said that the customs are in a “disastrous condition” in the fight against crime. According to the customs official, the only reason why the disaster was prevented is the high motivation of the ... Read More »

THE RCMP TAKES OVER AS OPIOID PRODUCERS STORM THE DARKWEB

Drug overdose is a problem in many countries in the world today. Despite the policies formulated to eradicate these drugs from the street, there seems to be an alternate platform where drug dealers use to get illicit drugs to their customers. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has therefore taken a proactive measure through the collaboration with the China’s Ministry ... Read More »

Dealer Gave Away 10K in Drugs, Baffles Police

In Linz, a city in Upper Austria, a 28-year-old drug dealer gave away between 9,000 and 11,000 euros worth of heroin, marijuana, methamphetamine and amphetamine. Police reported a confusion amongst investigators regarding the motive for giving away free drugs. The investigation started because of something, at the time, unrelated. The dealer raised suspicion after he imported drugs that he purchased ... Read More »

Two More Internet Drug Dealers Arrested in Russia

As a result of an ongoing operation into drug trafficking on the area, the Federal Drug Control Service of the Russian Federation (FSKN) arrested two members of a group responsible for the production and distribution of amphetamine in St. Petersburg. The two suspects sold their products through an online drug store. The FSKN identified an organized crime ring operating out ... Read More »

Convicted Playpen Member Sentenced to Six Months in Prison

One of the hot-topic defendants in the Playpen case, David Tippens, managed to walk out of the courtroom on June 13 with only a six month prison sentence. Tippens, like many of the suspects caught in the FBI’s Operation Pacifier dragnet, was charged with receipt of child pornography, possession of child pornography, and transport of child pornography. When compared to ... Read More »

3.7.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

US Fentanyl Vendor Gets Busted On Handwriting Federal agencies brought down a pair of fentanyl vendors from Ohio with oddly unnecessary tactics. Federal agents bought fentanyl from darknet vendors. They then profiled the packs and and found the couple’s most frequented Post Office. Through “surveys,” they connected one of the defendants, James Halpin, to the case. Agents then intercepted an ... Read More »

25-Year-Old Admits Hacking the Department of Defense

On June 15, the UK’s National Crime Agency announced that a 25-year-old hacker pleaded guilty to hacking the United States Department of Defense. He hacked a DoD satellite communication system in June 2014 and upload evidence two months later. Working with the FBI and DoD, the NCA arrested the hacker, Sean Caffrey, in March 2015. At Birmingham Crown Court, Caffrey ... Read More »

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Australia Gets Gun Amnesty, Better Mail Screening in July

Between July 1 and September 30, the Australian Federal Government will run a mass illegal firearm amnesty. For three months, anyone with an illegal, unregistered, or unwanted guns can dispose of it at police stations throughout Australia. This will be the first national illegal weapon amnesty in 20+ years. The Federal Government recreated the program from 20 years ago, save ... Read More »

British Woman Overdosed On N-bomb – Thought It Was Cocaine

A British woman in her 20s accidentally overdosed on 25I-NBOMe, which is also called “25I”, or “N-bomb”, and died in Paris. According to the police, the woman thought the substance was cocaine. According to the news publication Heatst.com, the 29-year-old British woman visited one of her friends in Paris in April. In the night of April 29 and 30, they ... Read More »

Millionaire Alphabay Vendor Willingly Gave His Account to Feds

On June 9, a Homeland Security Investigations SA arrested an Alphabay vendor in Portland, Oregon. At the time, the vendor, Skylaar D. Ford, was on a post-release supervision program for a previous drug conviction. Despite being subject to the warrantless searches that came with probation and parole, Ford grossed more than one million dollars selling drugs on darknet markets. In ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, July 2, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Bitcoiners created a petition asking Amazon to accept bitcoin and litecoin payments A new petition on Change.org is asking Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos to start accepting both bitcoin and litecoin payments on the online marketplace, stating that Amazon’s customers would benefit from the move. Low transaction costs, ... Read More »