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FBI Warns That Hackers Target Open FTP Servers

In a Private Industry Notification, the Federal Bureau of Investigation revealed they knew of threat actors who targeted specific healthcare facilities. The FBI explained that these “hackers” hunted open FTP connections from medical and dental practices across the United States. From there, the intruders stole sensitive medical information and use it for extortion, identity theft, or simply a darknet marketplace ... Read More »

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Final Dealer in Fentanyl Conspiracy Admits Guilt

On March 27, 2017, Jessica Christine Holl of Lubbock, Texas, pleaded guilty to her involvement in a darkweb fentanyl trafficking ring. Three fentanyl traffickers landed in a federal investigation after ICE and the DEA intercepted two packages of fentanyl from China. One in 2015 and one in 2016. The package listed a Lubbock woman as the US recipient. Texas law ... Read More »

WA State Bill to Ban Bitcoin at Marijuana Shops Dies, & the Companies that Bring Bitcoin to Marijuana Stores

According to an anonymous source within the Washington state legislature, Senate Bill 5264, a bill to prohibit marijuana retailers from accepting bitcoin as payment for their products, has died in committee. While the bill remains in the state Senate Committee on Commerce, Labor & Sports, it appears that the bill’s prime sponsor, Republican state Senator Ann Rivers, has withdrawn her ... Read More »

Furanylfentanyl Vendor Duo Arrested In Norway

Law enforcement authorities arrested two young suspects in Bergen, Norway for allegedly selling the dangerous synthetic drug, furanylfentanyl, to their customers on the dark web. Norwegian investigators detained a 26-year-old man on February 15 for allegedly running a vendor shop on the dark web selling furanylfentanyl. Another, a 23-year-old suspect, was also indicted on drug-related charges, however, police did not ... Read More »

Interior Ministry And Police In North Rhine-Westphalia Turn Major Focus On Cybercrime Defense

As cyberattacks are on the rise and hackers are becoming more and more sophisticated, the Interior Ministry and the police in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Germany work together to establish a strong defense against cybercriminals. Authorities in the German state identified the worldwide problem, which causes losses of billions of dollars to governments, companies, and individuals per year. “This is why ... Read More »

Austrian Report: Money Laundering Is On The Rise

A recent report conducted by Austrian officials showed that the suspicious cases indicating money laundering had seen an increase last year. According to the latest report by the Federal Criminal Police Office (BK), 2,150 suspicious cases (banks reported 2,002 cases) occurred in Austria in 2016. Compared to the year of 2015, where the number of such instances was 1,793, is ... Read More »

Islamic State Network Focusing On The Recruitment Of Women Detected In Catalonia

Catalonian authorities detected a network of the Islamic State focusing on the recruitment of women to their cause. According to the report, the terrorist group uses the dark net and social media platforms to find women for their cause. The Reporting Commissioner of the Mossos d’Esquadra (Catalonia’s police force – “Troopers” in English) detected a network of the ISIS that ... Read More »

ISPs May Start Selling Internet Browsing History

On March 23, 2017, the US Senate voted to revoke the internet privacy regulations the FCC pushed last year. The rules protected private citizen data by restricting access to internet browsing history by internet service providers—when used as a source of revenue. A corporation like AT&T or Comcast now needs subscriber’s permission before sharing such data. ISP companies inherently observe ... Read More »

Four Suspects Arrested In The Canary Islands As Part Of A Darknet Law Enforcement Operation

Earlier this week, Spanish investigators arrested four young persons for distributing synthetic drugs they bought from the dark web. According to a press release by the Guardia Civil (Civil Guard – an organized police force charged with duties under the authority of both the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Defence in Spain), Spanish law enforcement authorities arrested ... Read More »

Oregon Man Charged For First-Degree Murder, Orders Assassination of His Wife in Dark Web

Stephen Carl Allwine from Cottage Grove, Oregon, who previously made contacts in the Dark Web to plot an assassination of his wife, was indicted by a Washington County grand jury for premeditated first-degree murder.   On March 24, the Washington County District Court officially increased the potential sentence of Allwine from second-degree to first-degree murder, considering the newly acquired pieces ... Read More »

Feds Used Reddit Posts to Catch a Fentanyl Vendor

On March 20, 2017, Acting US Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced the arrest of an Alphabay vendor named Fentmaster. For the most part, law enforcement’s investigation followed a standard operation’s trajectory. Save for two distinctions that caught the eyes of the mainstream media and plagues of /r/darknetmarkets readers. First, he set off alarms at the post ... Read More »

Georgia Man Sentenced for Darknet Child Porn Guides

A 28-year-old man from Gwinnett County, Georgia, operated a clearnet website where he hosted child pornography. He additionally wrote guides for other pedophiles on making use of the darknet to view, distribute, and discuss topics regarding child pornography, After less than one hour of deliberation, the jury convicted the defendant, Thomas Scot Edvalson, of 22 counts of sexual exploitation of ... Read More »

Marijuana Trafficker Sentenced to 8 Years for Postal Robbery

Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, announced the sentencing of a North Carolina drug trafficker. He organized the shipping of 144 kilograms of marijuana from Arizona to North Carolina. Furthermore, the defendant—Dorian Dent Williams, a 25-year-old from Kernersville, North Carolina—robbed a USPS employee at gunpoint. Over the years, DeepDotWeb covered countless drug trafficking cases. ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, April 8, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Some miners are allegedly engaging in unfair practices that can harm the network Bitcoin Core developer and Blockstream CTO Greg Maxwell recently alleged through a bitcoin mailing list that a major mining hardware company has been exploiting a known weakness in bitcoin’s proof-of-work system, allowing the company to mine ... Read More »