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German Marijuana Grower Busted

On November 29, German law enforcement authorities arrested a 27-year-old Rosenheim man who operated a nationwide drug trafficking ring on the dark web. German police had suspicion when one of the parcels the vendor sent was delivered back to the sender. However, the return address belonged to a travel agency who reported the issue to local authorities. Police worked along ... Read More »

Proof of Evidence Tampering Sparks Worldwide Support of Ross Ulbricht

New York, NY, December 14, 2016 – In a huge outpouring of support on December 4, people worldwide tuned in to an eight-hour, online fundraiser called the Free Ross-A-Thon aimed at raising $14,000 to cover some costs of Ulbricht’s appeal. The fundraiser surpassed all goals by raising $50,000 from donors around the globe. The largest donation of $25,000 came from ... Read More »

Report: Most Of The Cybercriminals Make $1,000 – 3,000 Per Month

A recent report conducted by cybersecurity firm Recorded Future shows that most of the cybercriminals earn between $1,000 and $3,000 a month, however, 20 percent make about $20,000 per month. According to report author Andrei Barysevich, director of Recorded Future, the data is based on a survey conducted by a closed underground community. He says the security company posted a ... Read More »

Mozilla Vows to Keep up the Fight for Online Rights

Mozilla has once again taken a vow to fight for internet user’s privacy and net neutrality. The company unveiled it 2015 annual report Thursday, which stated that the company will continue to protect, and fight for online user’s privacy and rights. It stated that they have strong beliefs in transparency, user control, and trust when it comes to advocating for ... Read More »

French Bitcoin Startup: Blockchain Will Help 40% of the Unbanked

At the annual Trustech conference, an event participated by leading payment, identity and security experts, France-based bitcoin blockchain data startup Rennes CEO Gilles Cadignan emphasized the ability of bitcoin to target a vast majority of the global unbanked population. As bitcoin experts and investors like former blockchain product lead Keonne Rodriguez note, bitcoin enables previously impossible payments with unprecedented security ... Read More »

Darknet Vendors Flood the UK with Counterfeit Supermarket Savings Vouchers

Counterfeit items were never exclusive to the darknet. The US began redesigning bills to fight counterfeit $100 bills as early as 1996. The darknet, however, brought a new era of counterfeit goods, services, and currency to the market. Items otherwise unobtainable to the average customer became relatively easy to find and buy. Right now, along with fake euro notes, counterfeiters ... Read More »

A ransomware master known as “Pornopoker” was arrested in Russia

A publication from BleepingComputer reports that a man known as “Pornopoker” has been arrested by Russian authorities, for writing and distributing ransomware. His real name is yet to be released. Pornopoker, allegedly a 40-year-old man from Volgograd, Russia, was arrested at the Domodedovo International Airport, located near Moscow. He was caught by Russian authorities after he returned from Thailand where ... Read More »

Man Gets 8 Years in Prison for Buying AR15 Parts on the Darknet

In early December, a judge at Truro Crown Court sentenced Justin Paul Young to eight years in prison. Young, the former owner of Fal Fixings Ltd, pleaded guilty to several illegal weapons charges last year. Judge Simon Carr previously set a sentencing date for Young but the defendant passed out in front of the courthouse and received a new court ... Read More »

DARPA’s Deepweb Search Engine Just Got a Lot Smarter

In 2014, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency—or DARPA—announced a groundbreaking program for internet searches. DARPA developed the Memex Program to search the internet, including hidden services, and “any public domain content.” The program started, though, as a tool for discovering human trafficking. Now, according to VentureBeat, DARPA just boosted their glorified search engine. On December 1, 2016, IST Research—a ... Read More »

Cyber Vulnerability Firm Sold the Tor Exploit to an Offensive Customer This Year

On November 29, someone posted on the Tor mailing list that an exploit was “actively used against TorBrowser NOW.” That is where the queued article about this will be linked. Mozilla quickly patched the bug but not without raising consumer concerns. Now, researchers discovered that an exploit company sold the exploit earlier this year to both offensive and defensive parties. ... Read More »

Researchers Develop Automated Facial Scanner for the Internet and the Darknet Is Next

European law enforcement just rolled out machine learning software that hunts P2P networks for child pornography. The AI automated much of the process—freeing investigators to spend more time investigating suspects. Interpol headquarters tested iCOP (Identifying and Catching Originators in P2P Networks) and found the AI ready for use. Claudia Peersman, the lead author of a study on the software, explained ... Read More »

Chandler ​Guo: Chinese Electricity Companies Are Using Surplus Energy to Mine Bitcoin

Chandler Guo, a prominent bitcoin investor in major bitcoin mining pool Bw.com and various Ethereum Classic startus, recently revealed that Chinese electricity companies are using surplus energy to mine bitcoin. Over the past 6 months, capital controls in China have become increasingly tight. The Chinese government has begun to regulate foreign investments of large corporations and lately began to restrict ... Read More »

German Internet Fraud Duo Sentenced

A 22-year-old and a 21-year-old was sentenced for committing internet fraud by Waldbröler District Court in Germany. According to official court documents, the duo cracked email and eBay accounts and used victim information to purchase electronic devices, such as cameras. After they received the goods, they sold them for profit. Recently, the two fraudsters had to stand trial at Waldböler ... Read More »

Two Sussex Men Charged for Darknet Drug Sales and Money Laundering

An investigation conducted by South East Regional Organized Crime (SEROCU) led to the arrest of four men for darknet crimes. SEROCU investigated four men: two from Sussex and two from Birmingham. The Crawley Magistrates’ Court has seen only the Sussex men. The other two faced charges in Birmingham. Police confirmed that the court formally charged the two Sussex men with ... Read More »

Firefox Zero-Day Can Be Used To Deanonymize Tor Users

Recently, a Firefox zero-day was being used to target Tor users. Experts say the code is nearly identical to what the Federal Bureau of Investigation used in their hack against Tor users in 2013. However, on the same day, the exploit came out, the Tor Project and Mozilla published browser updates that fixed the issues within the software. The Tor ... Read More »