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U.S Prosecutors to Cash in On Seized Bitcoins

An amount of 513 bitcoin worth over $8 million is about to make its way into the market and this is according to the US attorney’s office. An amount of 513.1490393 bitcoin was seized by federal prosecutors as part of a drug case in Salt Lake City. The bitcoin when seized were worth nearly $500,000 at that time, that’s barely ... Read More »

The Cryptomarket Illicit Drug Supply Chain and the “Last Mile” Distribution Concept

The global drug market is estimated to account for approximately $321 billion per year. Conventionally, illicit drugs used to travel along complex and long supply chains. Nevertheless, the advent of novel darknet marketplaces has started to alter this landscape. Cryptomarkets, or darknet marketplaces, are pillared on anonymizing cryptography and virtual currencies, such as bitcoin, to facilitate illicit transactions between vendors ... Read More »

23.1.18 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

HugBunter Hacks Freshly Launched “Odyssey Market” One of the pentesters responsible for disclosing many darknet market vulnerabilities, HugBunter, effectively wrecked a new darknet market only moments after it launched. Like White Shadow market, Odyssey market used a script. A Reddit user pointed this out roughly one week ago. The market admin told Reddit users that they only used the stylesheet ... Read More »

CryptoCurrency News Roundup 21.1.18

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments. New developments: Billionaire Mark Cuban says Dallas Mavericks will accept Bitcoin, ether “next season” Outspoken billionaire and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban recently made it clear that the U.S. basketball team will soon start accepting cryptocurrency payments for tickets. A Twitter user approached Cuban asking him when he would be able ... Read More »

The 33-year-old suspect is facing 68 charges relating to the crimes he allegedly committed on the dark web forum.

Men Charged for Fentanyl Analogue Distribution

According to U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick, a Drug Enforcement Administration investigation led to the arrest and indictment of two California men for their role in a large-scale fentanyl trafficking ring. The operation resulted in the distribution of fentanyl and fentanyl analogs across the United States. The investigation began last year in August when the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) executed ... Read More »

Kentucky Man Sentenced to 87 Months in PlayPen Case

As a result of a “nationwide operation conducted by the FBI” that investigated child abusers and downloaders of child pornography on the darknet, 29-year-old Craig T. Anderson will spend the next 87 months in federal prison. In 2017, Anderson pleaded guilty to knowingly receiving child pornography. FBI Special Agent in Charge Amy Hess and Robert M. Duncan, Jr., United States ... Read More »

Nigerian Fraudster Admits Role in 2 Million Dollar Fraud Scheme

In early 2018, a Nigerian fraudster responsible for the theft of millions of dollars from companies in the United States pleaded guilty to fraud and identity theft charges. The fraudster, a 31-year-old named Adeyemi Odufuye, admitted that he worked with others to trick unsuspecting employees to wire millions of dollars to bank accounts under Odufuye’s control. The Nigerian citizen pleaded ... Read More »

The GAO Tried to Illegally Buy 79 Guns Online and Failed

In a recently released report, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) revealed that for two and a half years, agents attempted to illegally buy guns on the darknet and clearnet. Unsurprisingly, the GAO found that illegally buying guns online proved more difficult than reports from the media—and that which Attorney General Jeff Sessions conveyed. Every clearnet attempt failed and only two ... Read More »

Meltdown and Spectre Exploits Target Flaw in Chip Designs

A pair of exploits which target hardware design flaws in CPUs made by Intel, AMD, and ARM have come to light early in 2018. The exploits allow programs, even JavaScript, to gain access to sensitive information, including passwords and encryption keys, stored in virtual memory. The first exploit, known as Meltdown, only affects Intel processors and some ARM processors. The ... Read More »

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Two Men Jailed For Role in Cloned Credit Card Fraud

Credit Card cloning has been in the cybercrime world for quite some time now and even though efforts have been made to try and stop this act, such as alerts whenever an authorized charge appears on your card, cybercriminals have diverted their attention to devising new means to overcome these boundaries of security measures. The new thing in town is ... Read More »

Pittsburgh Man Charged for Importing Two Pounds of Fentanyl Analogue

According to United States Attorney Scott W. Brady of the Western District of Pennsylvania, a new grand jury indictment charged a Pittsburgh man for ordering more than 1,000 grams of a fentanyl analogue from South Korea. James Folks, the alleged drug importer, had seven felony convictions prior to the arrest. And according to the U.S. Attorney, police officers caught Folks ... Read More »

Malaysian Pilot Tests Positive for Darknet Related Drug in Indonesia

The random drug test conducted at the Indonesian airports by the ministry and the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) has begun to show positive signs fishing out the drug offenders. The Indonesian authorities on December 30, 2017 arrested a Malaysian pilot for testing positive for Darknet related drug called methamphetamine. During one of their routine checks aimed to prevent dangers through ... Read More »

Victim’s Family Claims Darknet Child Abuse Investigation Went Too Far

On an October night in 2016, the two leaders of one of the largest child abuse forum on the darknet, met in Virginia and abused a four-year-old child. Records revealed that Homeland Security Investigations agents watched the Canadian man meet with his United States counterpart and enter the house. Agents arrested both men two days later. The grandmother of the ... Read More »

Australian Drug Trafficker Caught Using His Own PO Box

Joel Paul Prime, a 32-year-old Eyre Peninsula man, admitted “masterminding” a darknet drug trafficking operation from his family’s rural home. He pleaded guilty in early 2017 to the import and export of a border controlled drug. He later pleaded guilty to almost a dozen other state drug trafficking charges. Recent court documents revealed that the Australian Border Force caught Prime ... Read More »

16.1.18 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Darknet Vendor ‘DutchKings’ Sentenced to Seven Years Netherlands law enforcement arrested, in November 2016, one drug dealer suspected of running the Agora vendor account “DutchKings.” The police actually arrested two suspects, 24-year-old Brandon M. and 26-year-old Kim van H. However, only Brandon M. had knowingly distributed drugs on the internet, the court ruled. Kim van H., Brandon’s partner, told authorities ... Read More »