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Investors See Bitcoin as Gold 2.0 Amid Global Market Instability

Over the past few years, bitcoin solidated its title as “the global currency” by outperforming reserve currencies and assets worldwide. The rising value of bitcoin and its decentralized nature have led high profile investors and traders to consider bitcoin as a safe asset. Upon the election of Donald Trump, the price of bitcoin immediately surged amid global market instability. Australian ... Read More »

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Facebook Buys Stolen Accounts Off the Darknet to Keep Their Users Safe

Keeping Facebook safe and keeping Facebook secure are two different tasks, Facebook’s Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos said at recent conference. Security, he explained to the crowd, is building walls of defense to keep threats out. But “safety is bigger than that.” Stamos explained that the “bigger” form of safety was making use of stolen password dumps on the darknet. ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, 20th November 2016

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: The IRS is seeking records on Coinbase’s customers, who transacted between 2013 and 2015 In a surprise tax probe, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is attempting to obtain records help by Coinbase, a prominent company in the cryptocurrency world. The targets of the investigation are not directly named, but ... Read More »

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German Federal Police Investigated 600 DNM Users Since 2015, Source Says

Austrian news outlet Kronen Zeitung (Krone) spoke with a BKA official about darknet crime in Germany. The source, who did not reveal a name, said the BKA investigated nearly 600 darknet drug buyers and vendors since 2015. The number of investigations was for vendors and buyers who resided in Germany; outside of Germany, many more had been investigated but they ... Read More »

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Hundreds of Members of a Darknet Child Porn Ring Arrested in China

Law enforcement in China just arrested hundreds of suspects involved in a darknet child-pornograhy ring, news outlets reported. Across the entire country, police officers raided and arrested suspects who accessed media containing the molestation of more than 30 under-aged girls. The US Department of Homeland Security notified China’s law enforcement of a Chinese darknet child-pornography ring. In March, police arrested ... Read More »

Tor Releases another Snapshot on the Road to Major Onion Router Updates

The Tor Project’s Nick Mathewson announced that on Nov. 8th, another release of an Alpha Development snapshot for Tor 0.2.9, The Onion Router, would be released. Coming three weeks after 0.2.9.4 Alpha, Tor .0.2.9.5 added a great number of bug fixes and overall improvements for issues that have been reported since its predecessors release by Tor’s development team. This release ... Read More »

Flashpoint Among the Biggest Cyber Firm Contracted by Government Agencies

The recent scavenging of public documents has shown that Law enforcement isn’t in the battle to stop Dark Net drug dealing alone. A section of the Department of Homeland Security has been paying contractors to monitor these Dark Net services; somewhere to the tune of $150,000. The public records show an alarming increase in “threat intelligence” companies, all with the ... Read More »

Weapon Vendor’s Case Reopened: Charged with Negligent Homicide in Munich Shooting

The Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office of Frankfurt extended the warrant and investigation into Philipp K. for “negligent homicide in nine cases.” Philipp K. was initially arrested for violating weapon laws in Germany, but further investigation has been initiated Investigators arrested the vender nearly a month after the shooting, posed as undercover buyers. He admitted selling David Ali Sonboly a Glock ... Read More »

EnergyControl Drug Testing Service launch Its International Site

Energy Control is a Spanish harm reduction project for recreational drug users. Since 1997, they have developed harm reduction projects and, since then, they have been recognized and acknowledged by local, national and European institutions. Their Drug Checking Service, originally focused on Spanish drug users, is a pioneer project that provides identification and quantification of drug samples destined for personal ... Read More »

28-year-old German Sentenced To Probation For Ordering Drugs

A 28-year-old man from Aibling, Germany was sentenced to 22 months of probation for ordering drugs from the dark web. According to police information, the Aibling electrician ordered drugs in 16 cases in 2013. The 28-year-old thought he was in complete anonymity when he made the purchases, however, he was among those persons who the FBI cracked their IP addresses. ... Read More »

Idar-Oberstein Man Sentenced For Buying Guns And Grenade

A 25-year-old from Idar-Oberstein was sentenced to prison for ordering two handguns, a grenade, ammunition and a “shooting pen” from a dark net market. According to official court information, the accused and his defender had withdrawn their appeal before the regional court in Bad Kreuznach on Monday. The 25-year-old was sentenced to one year and nine months in prison for ... Read More »

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Police Bust a “Darknet” Drug Ring With 500g of Amphetamine in Underground Storage

A group of four drug traffickers were arrested after a multi-month investigation by a German narcotics taskforce. The group operated at a street level, but resold drugs from the darknet in “considerable” quantities. Most notable, perhaps, was that police seized a half-kilogram of amphetamine during the raids. The investigation, according to the police report, took several months because of how ... Read More »

Yet Another German Arrested After Unsuccessfully Purchasing a Gun from the Darknet

A 28-year-old was arrested for the attempted purchase of a Glock 17 from the darknet, not but days after another German pleaded guilty for the same crime. The 28-year-old from Erding was arrested in a way that mirrored the arrest of another. In late September, a 24-year-old from the Neuburg-Schrobenhausen district was arrested for another attempted weapons purchase from the ... Read More »

New Documents Reveal the FBI May Have Hacked Every TorMail User Illegally

In 2013, the FBI took down Freedom Hosting and with it, brought down a minimum of 23 child pornography sites. The seizure of child pornography (CP) servers was considered a win by law enforcement and many Tor users. However, recently unsealed documents reveal just how far the FBI stepped outside the law. During the investigation, agents discovered a connection between ... Read More »