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Man Sentenced to 17 Years for Transporting 991 Grams of Cocaine in a Printer

U.S. District Judge Mitchell S. Goldberg, on December 22, convicted a four-time drug trafficker to 204 months in prison. Angel Catalino Ivostraza-Torres, a 53-year-old from North Philidelphia, received one count of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams of cocaine—first-degree distribution. In total, according to court documents, Ivostraza-Torres possessed 991 grams of cocaine. Investigators, based on evidence built against Ivostraza-Torres, ... Read More »

A New Model For Incentivizing Producers of Renewable Energy Via Ethereum’s Blockchain

A group of researchers published a paper to help the US State Public Utilities Commissions (PUC) establish an inexpensive framework that enables them to create a unique system for rewarding producers of renewable energy via “Renewable Energy Credits” REC in the form of a cryptocurrency released on Ethereum’s blockchain. The standards proposed by the researchers reward Renewable Energy Producers QP ... Read More »

Freedom Hosting Owner Files Another Appeal to Fight US Extradition

In December 2015, the High Court in Dublin ordered the extradition of Eric Eoin Marques, the accused-host of Freedom Hosting. The extradition of Marques, a 31-year-old Dublin man who held both Irish and US citizenships, halted pending two appeal cases. He appealed the extradition and that Ireland had no right to try him (and why the Director of Public Prosecutions ... Read More »

Law Enforcement Busted Two Slovenian Darknet Vendors for Selling Firearms and Grenades

Europol and the Ljubljana Police Directorate (Policijska uprava Ljubljana or LPD) recently announced the arrest of two darknet weapons vendors. Europol’s Focal Point Firearms unit aided the LPD in identifying two Slovenian nationals suspected of distributing automatic weapons via the darknet. The two, until their December 13 arrest also sold grenades, ammunition, knives, and handguns. They received 11 counts of ... Read More »

Turkish Government Permanently Bans Tor and VPN Services

In an effort to prevent people from circumventing internet censorship, the Turkish government blocked access to Tor. According to TurkeyBlocks, the government imposed an immediate 12-hour ban on Tor, VPNs, and social media. The social media and messaging services made their way back online after the 12-hour mark, but the Tor ban remains blocked. TurkeyBlocks monitors internet censorship in real ... Read More »

Citizens Turn To Bitcoin in the Wake of Global Demonetization

The process of demonetization is currently underway on a global-scale with several currencies seeing restrictions in both the circulation and use of national banknotes. India was the first and the most predominant example of the demonetization fiasco that is now plaguing several countries across the globe in what is being called a bid to fight corruption and money laundering. Countries ... Read More »

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Indian Middleman Charged With Money Laundering For Trading Bitcoin

A bitcoin trader was arrested in India and charged with money laundering last Sunday. A group of undercover journalists from India’s Today reported that they lifted the shades off a small “internet broker” that offered exchange of India’s demonetized banknotes, the 500 and 1000 rupees, to bitcoin. According to the Indian police, a man named, Vijay, used a small shop ... Read More »

German Man Sentenced for Cyberbullying and Selling Electronics on the Darknet

The presiding judge at the Nuremberg District Court, on December 14, sentenced a 24-year-old to three years and five months in prison. The Lower Saxonian man faced charges that involved computer fraud, computer sabotage, incitement, violence, the spread of both animal and child pornography, along with data spying. His indictment included additional charges, but those received the most focus. “These ... Read More »

Can A Locality Based Approach Improve The Delay in Confirmation of Transactions Along Bitcoin’s Blockahin?

Did you ever have to deal with delays in confirmation of your bitcoin transactions? Delays in confirmation of bitcoin transactions can range from a few hours to 2-4 days in some uncommon cases. Can using a locality based protocol improve the propagation delay of transactions across the blockchain’s nodes and prevent delay of confirmation of transactions? What is Bitcoin’s Scalability? ... Read More »

Teenage PlayPen Member Sentenced to Six Months in County Jail

Over the course of the last year, we learned of the FBI’s blatant disregard for the federal law during Operation Playpen. They hacked, at a minimum, 8,000 computers and only received a warrant from a magistrate judge in Virginia. Luckily for 19-year-old Lucas Zalesny, the District Attorney knew that Federal judges were throwing out the FBI’s evidence. After Zalesny had ... Read More »

New Law In The Netherlands Would Allow Authorities To Hack Cybercriminals

A new law called Act Cybercrime III was proposed to the Dutch parliament, which would allow law enforcement authorities in the country to find loopholes in the software cybercriminals use and hack with. According to digital crime expert Martijn Egberts, cybercrime is growing and the police can’t do much against suspects with the traditional methods, such as wiretapping and house ... Read More »

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22-year-old German Bought Ingredients To Set Up Dark Net Store

A 22-year-old casual worker from Kumhausen, Germany bought ingredients to make narcotics and set up a vendor shop on the dark web. For his actions, he has been sentenced to 21 months in juvenile prison. According to official court documents, the casual worker was on the drug scene since he was 16 years old. He dropped out of high school ... Read More »

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Narcotics Sale, Child Porn, Gun Possession And Rape Charges Against A German

A 37-year-old man from Fahrenzhausen, Germany has been charged with serious crimes including the possession of three handguns, child porn, the distribution of drugs on the internet and the rape of his ex-girlfriend. Court documents say that the accused was involved in the dark net scene since 2013. Firstly, investigators were on the wrong trail, they were tracing the purchase ... Read More »

German Police Expect Fewer Counterfeit Euros in 2017

The State Criminal Police Office (Landeskriminalamt or LKA in German), issued a statement that dually functioned as a warning. According to Nevin Ayyildiz, a spokesperson for the LKA, counterfeit €20-notes and €50-notes accounted for 60 percent of Hanover’s cashflow. However, the LKA spokesperson announced that the Police expect to see a “moderate decline” in counterfeit currency—compared to last year. In ... Read More »