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Tudge: Vendor Has a ‘Small Number’ of Medicare Numbers

In July, a Guardian journalist, Paul Farrell, reported that he had recently bought his Medicare number from a darknet market vendor. Minister for Human Services, Alan Tudge, called the theft a “traditional” one not a cybersecurity breach. He then called upon the Australian Federal Police for assistance. Farrell found a vendor on (the now non existant) Alphabay who sold stolen Australian ... Read More »

The 33-year-old suspect is facing 68 charges relating to the crimes he allegedly committed on the dark web forum.

Arizona Doctor Charged with Selling Bitcoin Without a License

A neurologist from Pheonix, Arizona has been indicted by a grand jury with operating an unlicensed money transmitting business. Dr. Peter Steinmetz was charged by the Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) with violating the Banking Secrecy Act. FinCEN claims that Dr. Steinmetz and co-defendant Thomas Mario Costanzo “enabled their customers to exchange cash for ‘virtual currencies’ charging ... Read More »

Police Arrest Three Men and Seize Bunch of Narcotics Trafficked From Darknet

The course to bring illegal Darknet traders down to the law inspired a prohibition exercise which led to the arrest of three: Mohammad Abdul Waheb (20), Mohammad Abdul Quddos (20) and Calvin Mascarenhas (19). They were arrested for being in possession of narcotics suspected to have been bought from the Darknet marketplace. The three arrested suspects are residents of Chandrayangutta, ... Read More »

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Bitcoin price analysis 19th July

Bitcoin is in Trouble This week Bitcoin’s internal wrangles, that have intensified over the past 4 months, dragged down prices to below the $2000 price level. Within hours, price painted a red candles spiralling down under the weight of the bitcoin scaling deadlock. The fast approaching August deadlines, that threaten to split bitcoin into 3 or more chains, turned into ... Read More »

NSA Diverting American Internet Traffic Overseas for Easier Snooping

A new analysis of documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveals that the NSA is very likely diverting American internet traffic overseas in order to get around restrictions on domestic surveillance. This process of diverting internet data is called traffic shaping. Once data is transmitted outside of the United States the government no longer considers it to be protected by ... Read More »

UN Says the Darknet Threatens WMD Proliferation

At a high level debate of the Security Council in June, the UN Under-Secretary-General of Disarmament Affairs, Izumi Nakamitsu, expressed concerns regarding non-proliferation issues. She called for cooperation between member states in working towards the goal of weapons of mass destruction disarmament. One of the growing threats, she explained, was that of a non-state actors obtaining WMDs from the darknet. ... Read More »

Russian Supplier, Vendor, and Reseller Busted Back-to-Back

In Russia, drug dealer arrests occur at an increasing rate. During 2017, hardly a day passed by without a significant drug bust. One connected to online drug sales, more specifically. In late June, within only a matter of days, Russian police made a vendor arrest, a reseller arrest, and one major supplier arrest. Unlike the marketplaces in many countries, the ... Read More »

Australian Government Officials Call for Weakening Encryption

In a statement released recently by Australian Attorney General George Brandis and the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton, the two officials called for weakening encryption standards and for increased sharing of surveillance between Five Eyes countries. Their proposals, which if enacted would harm the privacy rights of people around the world, are being justified in the name ... Read More »

Australian Vendor Busted by New Darknet Taskforce

Australian Federal Police, alongside NSW Police, raided a darknet vendor in Sydney’s inner west. The 43-year-old sold drugs for two years prior to his arrest on June 29. Officials said that a highly successful investigation into online drug sales led to the man’s arrest. With the assistance of the Public Order and Riot Squad, officers arrested the man after raiding ... Read More »

Italy Finishes 27 More Italian Darknet Community Raids

On the morning of June 29, 2017, Italian police raided 27 homes throughout 27 provinces. The raids resulted in nine arrests, although only one of the suspects, as of July 1, was identified as a darknet drug vendor. This operation was part two of an investigation into the users of the former Italian Darknet Community. The State Police of Rome ... Read More »

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17.7.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Alleged Alphabay Admin Found Dead in Bangkok Jail On July 12, news sites in Thailand reported that a 26-year-old Canadian man had died in a Bangkok jail. The news spread quickly and the world soon learned the man’s identity: Alexandre Cazes of Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada. Alphabay marketplace disappeared when the Royal Canadian Mounted Police raided locations throughout Trois-Rivières, hunting for ... Read More »

UK Might Use Drones in Retaliation to Cyberattacks

According to defense secretary Sir Michael Fallon, the UK could justify a military retaliation to cyberattacks. And soon, they would be capable of launching attacks from “air, land, sea or cyberspace” in response to an “online attack.” His speech came after the parliamentary network attack, but within hours of the international Petya (NotPetya) attacks. He spoke in reference to the ... Read More »

Utah Man Faces Life Sentence for Selling Drugs on the Darknet

Utah has once again grabbed headlines on Darknet related news, as a man faces a life sentence for running a store on the Darknet that distributes illicit drugs to buyers. 28 years old, Aaron Shamon, pleaded not guilty to several criminal counts, but he may be sentenced to a life imprisonment if found guilty. According to a source, Shamon made ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, July 16, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Darknet market AlphaBay shut down by authorities; alleged admin found dead in Bangkok Reports suggest AlphaBay disappeared alongside unfolding raids in Canada, Thailand, and the United States. When the raids were first reported a spokesperson stated that a suspect had been arrested in Thailand, and now it is known ... Read More »