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Bitcoin Money Laundering Lands Six in Court

Six men are facing charges in the Netherlands after being accused of laundering hundreds of thousands of euros with the aid of the online cryptocurrency, Bitcoin. They allegedly laundered the money by reselling bitcoins paid for by illicit drug sales. The men appeared in a Dutch court on Wednesday and are now facing a potential jail term ranging from 6 ... Read More »

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7.11.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Dream Vendor “CzechoSlovakFarm” Busted in Slovakia According to an official update posted on Facebook by Slovak law enforcement, police in the Trenčín Region of northwestern Slovakia had apprehended a 24-year-old darknet marijuana vendor named Juraj. The police’s statement alleged that Juraj had grown marijuana in his Northwest Trenčín family home from September 2016 until his late 2017 arrest. He had ... Read More »

German Vendor Caught in Special Forces Raid

According to a press release issued by a spokesperson for the Rhein-Erft-Kreis district police in Germany, a lengthy investigation led to the arrest of an alleged darknet vendor and his suspected accomplices. The primary target of the investigation, a 43-year-old Bedburg man, reportedly distributed drugs via darknet markets from January 2016 until his arrest in late October, 2017. Investigators had ... Read More »

New Connecticut Task Force Targets Cybercrime

As technology continues to advance, so does cybercrime. It is spreading its wings to new sectors as well as enforcing its presence in the daily activities of human beings. Crimes ranging from Phishing schemes, identity theft, drug distribution rings, ransomware and malware attacks, security hack and breaches, are visible more now than ever and Connecticut are beginning to experience such ... Read More »

Darknet Gun Seller Sentenced to Five Months in Austria

Towards the end of October, Spain’s Guardia Civil department arrested a former Alphabay firearm vendor. With cooperation from Europol, international law enforcement agencies also arrested six of the vendor’s customers. The investigation led to the discovery that the 24-year-old vendor had shipped weapons to at least 30 customers in 11 countries. Several days after the announcement, a Salzburg judge convicted ... Read More »

Drug Task Force Sees Counterfeit Oxy Influx in Central Oregon

According to Lieutenant Nick Parker of the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement task force, the so-called “Central Oregon opioid epidemic” has expanded to include darknet drugs. Darknet drugs, the Lieutenant explained, encompassed an entire category or counterfeit or “mismatched” pills. The influx of counterfeit pills did not begin with the darknet, but Parker implied the issue had taken off during the ... Read More »

Bitcoin News Roundup 5.11.17

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments. New developments: CME Group, the world’s largest derivatives exchange, aims to launch Bitcoin futures This week, the CME Group, the world’s largest derivatives exchange, announced that it plans on launching Bitcoin futures during the fourth quarter of 2017. According to an announcement on the group’s website, the futures will be cash-settled ... Read More »

FBI Asks Businesses to Report DDoS Attacks

In an October public service announcement, the FBI explained “DDoS-for-hire” services and requested that victims of DDoS attacks file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). They explained that malicious actors sell DDoS-for-hire services (aka booters) on criminal marketplaces with effectively one goal: preventing access to a “U.S. company or government website.” In an earlier press release, ... Read More »

Russian Dark Web Marketplace Selling RDP Servers for as little as $15

Flashpoint, a research security firm has uncovered that hackers have compromised over 35,000 remote desktop protocols (RDP), and are using them as a way of anonymizing cyber-attacks including direct access to victim’s network. In an analysis published on the 24th of October, Flashpoint stated that over 35,000 servers that host remote desktops for various companies have been compromised by a ... Read More »

Three German Darknet Dealers Sentenced to Probation

On October 18, a Saarland court passed down unusually mild sentences to three so-called “darknet dealers.” The men had distributed mushrooms, LSD, heroin, and amphetamine for several months before their arrest, the police said. After authorities intercepted packages addressed to one of the three dealers, they raided the suspect’s apartment and struck gold: the feathers had maintained whiteboards with active ... Read More »

Employee of Coin.Mx Operator Gets 16 Months Sentence

A Ukrainian software engineer from Florida received a 16 months prison sentence for his role in creating a Bitcoin scam, using an illegal Bitcoin exchange, Coin.mx, to launder money for a global hacking network which targeted financial and publishing firms. US District Judge Alison Nathan on Friday, sentenced the accused, Yuri Lebedev after he was convicted earlier this year by ... Read More »

US Attorney General Says Use of Bitcoin on the Darknet is a Big Problem

During a recent Department of Justice oversight hearing before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified about the concerns federal law enforcement have about the use of cryptocurrency on the darknet. The Attorney General’s remarks on the darknet were in response to a question from Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California. Senator Feinstein’s question ... Read More »

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Vendor Admits Selling 1,100 Grams of Heroin on Alphabay

On December 15, 2016, federal grand jury in Fresno, California, returned an indictment against an Alphabay vendor for fentanyl, heroin, and methamphetamine distribution. The vendor, Emil Vladimirov Babadjov, 32, had appeared in court the day before the indictment. The police picked him up following a criminal complaint that accused him of being the Alphabay vendor “Blime-Sub” and “BTH-Overdose.” Roughly 10 ... Read More »

Two Inmates Controlled Canadian Fentanyl Trade from Prison

On July 27, 2015, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of North Dakota announced the details of a fentanyl operation dubbed “Operation Denial.” The fentanyl overdoses of North Dakota teenagers pushed the operation into existence. The investigation first crossed North Dakota to Oregon. From Oregon, investigators traced fentanyl sources across international borders. Since 2015, the Department of Justice indicted ... Read More »