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Darknet Vendor Confessed to Selling Heroin and Fentanyl on Multiple DNMs

DEA agents conducted undercover buys from a darknet vendor between 2015 and 2016. That vendor, after sitting in jail for months, pleaded guilty on October 27. In a Broward County courthouse, Chrissano Leslie aka “owlcity” admitted to selling heroin and fentanyl on the DNMs. He pleaded guilty to all charges of drug-dealing, money-laundering conspiracy, and aggravated identity theft. In addition ... Read More »

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Defendant Sentenced to Probation for Using Fake Euros from the Darknet

The Emmendingen District Court recently sentenced a 25-year-old to two years of probation for crimes involving counterfeit currency. This case shares aspects with one we reported on October 21; Bavarian police arrested two men for making and distributing counterfeit euros via the deepweb. Both men arrested in the Bavarian counterfeiting case, a 22-year-old and a 24-year-old, were discovered by their ... Read More »

Windows 0-day Exploited in the Wild

Google’s Threat Analysis Group found a zero-day vulnerability – CVE-2016-7855, notified Adobe and Microsoft on October 21st and released it after a short period. This is yet another zero-day regarding flash software on Windows. Adobe patched it on October 26th while Microsoft said Windows patch will be ready on November 8th. Vulnerability was publicly disclosed on October 31st which means ... Read More »

The Price for your Hacked Medical Records Just Went Down

Leaked data stories have flooded the news lately as the rise in cyber related crimes has sky rocketed. It got so bad at one point, medical records were a prime target. Hackers might start thinking twice about putting in the work to retrieve those files of private data now. A recent study by the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology and ... Read More »

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Belgian Amphetamine Vendor Arrested Due to Insufficient Postage on His Packages

In Belgium, a 25-year-old programmer was arrested for distributing amphetamines via darknet marketplaces. The accused, along with three accomplices, fell under the investigation due to lack of sufficient postage on a package. Like the famed Chemical Love, the recently arrested programmer shipped packages with local businesses listed as the return address. The accused programmer, Stijn Victor, operated his business while ... Read More »

Electronic Surveillance Requests are up 500 Percent in the United States

A recent release by the courts shows that electronic surveillance is up by 500 percent in and around Washing D.C.; including parts of Virginia. The release is broad, and general leaving many unanswered questions. Listing show that the growth of electronic surveillance by law enforcement has grown to new heights since the 1986 law that allowed the collection of user ... Read More »

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Bitcoin Price Analysis 3 November, 2016

This week, the price of bitcoin traded 19% higher month on month, after consolidating at $650, before an exponential rise to $740. Traders are acutely aware the infamous digital currency is closing in on its 2016 pre-halving high. Media coverage of bitcoin’s phenomenal rise continues to fueled excitement. Meanwhile, core developers will officially activate SegWit 0.13.1 soft fork option on ... Read More »

Would Be Hitman Nabbed in New Jersey Sting

An 18-year-old by the name of Joshua Craig Rowling was arrested after driving to a meeting where he thought he was going to contract work where the other party wanted to put out a “hit” on someone. Rowling was charged with conspiracy to commit murder. He is being help in Bergen County Jail in New Jersey on a $1-million-dollar bond. ... Read More »

PSNI Officer Tried To Buy Handgun From The Dark Web

Allen Kennedy, a 30-year-old officer at the PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland), tried to buy a handgun, ammunition and a silencer from the dark net, according to court documents. The PSNI officer was arrested during a sting operation in Belfast on September 5. He was arrested at Annadale Embankment in the southern part of the city after handing over ... Read More »

National Association of Realtors Release Study on Bitcoin’s Applicability in Real Estate

The National Association of Realtors, a US trade association for 1.1 million real estate brokers, recently released a study on the applicability of bitcoin and blockchain in the industry, particularly in storing and distributing information in an immutable ecosystem. Overall, the study, entitled “Blockchain in Real Estate: Useful Application Areas,” recognizes the factors of success behind bitcoin and other major ... Read More »

Police Busted A Major Internet Drug Operation In Ukraine

Law enforcement authorities carried out a massive police action in Ukraine where authorities arrested multiple persons (the exact number of suspects is unknown) including the operator, organizer, and traffickers of a drug dealing website in Kiev. Investigators from the Office of Service in Dnepropetrovsk and Zaporozhye regions and the narcotics department of the Ukranian National Police participated in the action. ... Read More »

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Prosecutor Says the Ricin Vender Is Convicted of Theft and Distribution, Possibly Extortion

In early 2016, the FBI notified Swedish police of a 27-year-old doctoral student selling ricin on the darknet. The suspect sat in custody until his hearing in August where he was released pending a psych evaluation. The psych evaluation proved the man had no preexisting condition and consequently the trial proceeded as planned. Later, on October 25, the prosecutor made ... Read More »

Belgian Sentenced To Community Service For Ordering Weapons Of War

A 37-year-old man from Herent, Belgium was sentenced to 80 hours of community service for possessing and ordering weapons of war from the dark net. According to court documents, the 37-year-old man had seen the news about the ongoing war in Syria and the possible consequences of it on Belgium. He wanted to protect himself and his family, according to ... Read More »

Child Porn Ring Busted In Italy, 7 Arrested

A joint action between District Anti-Mafia Directorate of the Public Prosecutor of Rome and the Europol European Cybercrime Center resulted in the arrest of seven suspects who are believed to be a part of a major dark net child porn community. This is the first time in Italy where internet pedophiles have been busted. The suspects are charged with the ... Read More »

Dark Net Vendor In Torhout Arrested

Stijn V., a 25-year-old from Torhout, Belgium, was arrested for allegedly selling chemical drugs on a dark net market. Four of his partners were also busted who are risking lighter prison sentences. According to official court documents, Stijn V. accepted payments in bitcoins. Law enforcement authorities were alerted by his activities when an undercover police officer ordered a parcel from ... Read More »