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Ransomeware Hackers Launch Global Assault

Computer systems in dozens of countries were locked down on Friday, in an attack cybersecurity experts said made use of a software vulnerability that the US National Security Agency had allegedly exploited earlier. Among those caught up in the attacks were American delivery giant FedEx, and the UK’s National Health Service, which reported 16 hospitals or clinics shut down and ... Read More »

New OSX Malware Uses Tor and a MITM Proxy

Years ago, many believed Apple’s OSX was immune to viruses or malware. However in 2014 and 2015, this notion changed even though Mac specific infections existed since the early 2000s. But between 2014 and 2015, reported infections more than doubled. But because of timely security updates, among other factors, MacOS or OSX still remained more secure than some alternative operating ... Read More »

Italy Watched the Italian Darknet Community Since 2016

On Friday, April 28, the Central Operational Service and Lecco Police conducted a series of arrests as part of an international drug investigation. Lecco News reported the event live as law enforcement in Lecco held a press conference that explained the unfolding events. In the Police Headquarters Meeting Room, the Lecco chief prosecutor, Antonio Chapman, told reporters that the “operation ... Read More »

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Federal Prison Inmates Downloaded Child Porn On A Cloud

Five inmates at a federal prison in New Jersey, the United States, were downloading and watching child pornographic material using smuggled cell phones, while they were behind the bars. According to the court documents, the five suspects were downloading and swapping videos and photos of children being abused, including toddlers and babies. The inmates allegedly downloaded the illicit material on ... Read More »

Past Customer Of Shiny Flakes Sentenced To Probation

The District Court of Schwabach sentenced a German man to probation and to pay a fine for ordering narcotics from the already convicted vendor Shiny Flakes. Shiny Flakes, AKA. Maximilian S., was arrested at the end of February 2015 for running a vendor shop selling drugs on both the darknet and on the clearnet (the “normal” part of the internet ... Read More »

Concerns Over Transformed Alarm Weapon Sales On The Internet In Portugal

Portuguese authorities expressed their concern over the sale of transformed alarm weapons on the internet. According to the police report, citizens in Portugal search mostly for those of Turkish origin. Transformed alarm firearms, which are illegal to be sold or possessed, can be easily acquired on the internet, and are one of the biggest concerns of the Polícia de Segurança ... Read More »

Darknet Vendor Faces “Many Years” for 3,700 Sales

In July 2016, a postal office in lower Franconia intercepted a package of suspected narcotics. They forwarded the information and package to the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA). Then, over a significant period of time and “with great effort,” the BKA made serious headway in the investigation. They traced the package to a house wherein they found 600 grams of ... Read More »

Feds to Fight Child Pornography on the Dark

According to the Department of Justice, “The expansion of the Internet has led to an explosion in the market for child pornography.” This is nothing new to DeepDotWeb readers; we covered Operation Pacifier and continue to monitor those cases. Taskforce Argos took down The Love Zone, another CP forum—and we covered the arrests and the investigation itself. Now, after a ... Read More »

Arms Trade 2750

Report: Easier To Acquire A Rifle Than A Pistol In The Netherlands

A recently conducted report claimed that it is easier to acquire a rifle than a pistol in the Netherlands. “The darknet and the internet just simplified the purchase of firearms; you order, pay in bitcoins, and you get the weapon delivered by a courier,” one of the researchers stated. According to the report, law enforcement authorities in the Netherlands are ... Read More »

Illegal drugs are increasingly being traded in Darknet.

Dark Net Drug Vendor “Weed24” Busted

Law enforcement authorities in Germany arrested a man from Heidenheim an der Brenz for allegedly running the vendor shop “Weed24” on the darknet selling narcotics to his customers. This week, the 23-year-old suspect was standing before the Heidenheim District Court for charges, including drug trafficking on the dark web. According to the court documents, the defendant sold drugs on darknet ... Read More »

Interpol Operation Identities 9,000 C2 Servers

Interpol, along with several private sector companies, announced the identification of 9,000 command and control (C2) servers. In addition to the C2 Servers, they also found close to 360 websites infected with malware via an exploit in the website design application. Many of the websites, they announced, were government sites. Interpol operated out of the Interpol Global Complex for Innovation ... Read More »

Adam Mudd

British Student Jailed For Creating DDoS Tool And Selling It To Cybercriminals

A student from Hertfordshire, the United Kingdom was sentenced to prison for creating a stressing tool that was used by cybercriminals to conduct successful DDoS attacks. Adam Mudd, a 19-year-old computer science student from Toms Lane, Kings Langley in Hertfordshire, was tracked down as part of a complex multi-agency law enforcement investigation. During the police action, the Eastern Region Special ... Read More »

Cyber-cops at the LKA Bayern

Report: 60 Percent Of Child Porn Websites Are Located In Europe

According to a recent report by the Internet Watch Foundation, the majority, about 60 percent, of the child pornography websites are located on European servers. The recently conducted report of the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) also showed a dramatic increase in child sex abuse images. This fact raises a concern for law enforcement authorities across the world to combat this ... Read More »

Prison Sentence For Dutch Man Who Tried To Purchase Assault Rifle And Explosives From The Darknet

In January, a man from Barendrecht, the Netherlands was sentenced to prison for attempted purchase of handguns, a shotgun, an assault rifle, grenades, and ammunition. Now, the man appealed the punishment against him. Law enforcement authorities in the Netherlands received a tip from their Australian colleagues, which resulted in the arrest of the 24-year-old suspect in August 2016. According to ... Read More »

Justice does not know what to do with bitcoins

Florida Bill Would Punish Criminals Who Use Cryptocurrency

State lawmakers in Florida have introduced two bills which would add virtual currencies to the state’s money laundering statute. The bills were introduced in the wake of a Miami court case from last year, where a judge ruled that cryptocurrencies like bitcoin are not money, and thus did not fall under the state’s money laundering law. The Senate version of ... Read More »