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Darknet Money Launderer Sentenced to Eight Months Imprisonment

George Cottrell, a man DeepDotWeb covered extensively with respect to the criminal case, received his formal sentencing in early March. In December, 2016, Cottrell pleaded not-guilty to 20 charges out of the 21-count indictment. The charges centered around fraud in general. However, money laundering charges made an appearance too. He pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and managed ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup March 19, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: A code bug exploit knocked nearly 70% of Bitcoin Unlimited nodes offline On March 14, nearly 70% of nodes running Bitcoin Unlimited (BU) were knocked offline, after a bug in the software’s code was found. The bug was first flagged by a BU developer, but then spread on social ... Read More »

Police Department in Illinois Sells Seized Bitcoin on Coinbase

Police in the village of Vernon Hills, Illinois, are selling bitcoin that was seized under the civil asset forfeiture laws in joint criminal investigations with federal law enforcement agencies. The bitcoin is related to at least two ongoing criminal investigations, and are being seized. Civil asset forfeiture is a process which enables government to take property without a criminal conviction, ... Read More »

Internet Traffic Now Halfway To Being Fully Encrypted

In February of 2017, statistics from multiple large internet companies revealed that half of all internet traffic was encrypted. This marks a huge turning point in the movement to encrypt the internet. The use of the HTTPS protocol encrypts internet traffic, making it harder to conduct surveillance, censorship, content hijacking, and cookie stealing. While HTTPS does not hide which websites ... Read More »

Drug Trafficker Pleads Guilty to Bribing a USPS Employee

Rudolph Dwight Hanchard, a 39-year-old in Buffalo, New York, pleaded guilty to a crime involving bribery, marijuana, and the USPS. U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo heard the entire case against Hanchard and noted that the defendant faced 15 years in prison, if convicted. Additionally, Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. wrote that Hanchard faced a maximum fine of ... Read More »

Swedish Man Produced GHB And Sold It On The Dark Web

A man in his 40s, from Jönköping, Sweden, stood trial before the Jönköping District Court for drug trafficking. Law enforcement authorities arrested the alleged dark net vendor at the end of last year. Now, he is being prosecuted for serious crimes. According to the indictment, the prosecutor submitted to the Jönköping District Court on March 2, the man was arrested ... Read More »

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Narcotics Vendor Group Busted: Six Defendants Standing Trial In France

On March 2, six defendants were standing trial in France before the Nîmes Correctional Court. Law enforcement authorities charged the suspects with drug trafficking. According to official court documents, the six men sold narcotics on the dark web. The prosecution stated that “a part” of the drug trafficking operation took place on the dark net. However, due to the lack ... Read More »

Three Darknet Vendors Busted For MDMA Sales

Three MDMA vendors recently stood in a courtroom and heard potential prison sentences of eight years, if convicted. The three, John P., a 57-year-old, Bram V., a 27-year-old., and Thomas P., a 26-year-old sold “huge quantities of drugs through the dark web,” the prosecution claimed. The court mentioned that Dutch MDMA carried a reputation as the best on the market. ... Read More »

Blinking LEDs May Comprise Air-Gapped Networks

According to a group of researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev’s Cyber Security Research Center, lights—HDD LEDs to be specific—may pose a cybersecurity threat in the near future. DeepDotWeb explains, continually, the need for airtight security. Especially when using the darknet. However, “airtight” security with VPNs, Tor, or encrypted messaging apps on an air-gapped network would leave room for ... Read More »

White House Opposes FISA Surveillance Reform

The Trump administration opposes any attempts to reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to address privacy concerns. An anonymous White House official told Reuters in early March that the administration opposes reforming Section 702, saying it is needed to protect national security. “We support the clean reauthorization and the administration believes it’s necessary to protect the security of the ... Read More »

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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 »