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Australian Border Force to Increase Darknet Presence

The US fought designer drugs, commonly referred to as analogues, ever since their inception. Clandestine laboratories kept creating new “designer drugs” that mimicked the effects of another drug, usually a pharmaceutical compound. US authorities found themselves unable to maintain a pace with new chemicals. Now, Australia announced that they stood in a similar position. These analogue “cat-and-mouse games,” so to ... Read More »

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Indian Drug Enforcement Officer Caught Stealing Bitcoins

Satyendra Kumar Singh an investigator with the Ahmedabad division of India’s Narcotics Control Bureau has been accused of unfreezing bitcoin accounts that were frozen during a drug investigation in 2015. That 2015 investigation involved five men in their twenties who were operating a company called Provizer Pharma. Provizer sold drugs online to people all over the world. The State of ... Read More »

A Novel System for Secure Offline Bitcoin Payments

Bitcoin is inarguably the most successful cryptocurrency so far, when market capital and growing popularization are considered. Users have to have online access to be able to initiate transactions to spend their bitcoins. A certain amount of time is required for the transaction to be successfully confirmed and validated (20-30 minutes in most cases). However, a large number of real ... Read More »

Pakistan Sees Increased DNM Credit Card Sales

On March 20, two Two Chinese citizens fell into Pakistani Federal Investigation Agency custody after being caught on camera while stealing from ATMs. The FIA announced that the ATM fraud hit their radar on March 10; they received complaints from the branch manager of Bank alHabib, Chartered Accountant Avenue Branch. After an investigation ensued, authorities captured both “hackers.” According to ... Read More »

Rule 41 Warrant Used in Kelihos Botnet TAKEDOWN

A joint announcement from the FBI, the Department of Justice Criminal Division, and the FBI Anchorage Criminal Division released information on an extensive operation to disrupt the Kelihos botnet. Additionally, they announced that the US government will continue to share samples of the Kelihos botnet with the internet security community. The target in doing so is to keep antivirus software ... Read More »

Outlaw Market Prepares Scam-Deterring Revamp

Outlaw is one of the few darknet marketplaces that predated Alphabay—almost difficult to imagine. However, other than a small number of devoted users, the market sees fewer new customers than Alphabay or Dream, the other darknet marketplace veterans. Why this is the case, only few know. However, the administration outlined plans that may not only revolutionize Outlaw but also attract ... Read More »

Netherlands Identity Fraud Doubled Between 2015-2016

Increased levels of fraud, in general, should come as no surprise. And even less of one after glancing at the DeepDotWeb frontpage where no mistake regarding fraud, cybercrime, or hacking could possibly be made; on almost a daily basis, a new indecent occurs. A major company takes a hit, the United States indicts another hacker, or researchers find a new ... Read More »

Drug Trafficking by Foot Nearly Extinct in Germany

Head of the Frankfurt Customs Office, Albrecht Vieth, announced that the world of drug smuggling has changed. Changed from carrying drugs on a human body to shipping drugs through the mail. This may seem trivial by itself; many countries, Germany not excluded, cracked down on darknet drug trafficking—an activity that required frequent monitoring of mail couriers. However, Vieth had a ... Read More »

Phony Bomb Threat Caller Sold Drugs on the Darknet

In early April, police arrested 19-year-old Michael Kaydar at his home in Ashkelon, Israel. Israel’s Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s’ Court remanded the 19-year-old Israeli-American hacker for the third time in part of a larger investigation. Court advised the man of conducting hundreds of fake bomb threat phone calls to Jewish institutions. The investigation took off once the hacker called Jewish Community ... Read More »

Portugal Notices Increased Darknet Trafficking

The media payed special attention to cybercrime following several key moments throughout world history. The ongoing struggle between Russia and the United States, for instance, placed a spotlight on “election hackers” and hacking in general. With added attention to internet crime came added attention to the darknet. Although the rise of the original Silk Road attracted attention from the media, ... Read More »

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Three Arrested In The Netherlands For Selling Ecstasy On The DarkNet

Law enforcement authorities arrested three men, aged 25, 26 and 47, in Roosendaal, the Netherlands, for allegedly selling large amounts of ecstasy pills on the darknet. On March 30, Dutch authorities detained the three suspects for suspected trafficking in large quantities of drugs, which were sent via the national postal service to abroad countries, including the United States, Belgium, and ... Read More »

Falkengeld-Fraud ends for two Innviertler in custody

Two Austrians Sentenced For Ordering Counterfeit Euro Notes To Finance Their Drug Addictions

Two men from Schärding, Austria and Ried, Austria were sentenced to prison for ordering counterfeit euro bills from the darknet and putting them into circulation to finance their narcotic addiction issues. According to police information, the two suspects, in order to finance their lives, and above it all, their drug addictions at least for a short time, ordered 50 pieces ... Read More »

Update In German Vendor Shop Case: Six Suspects Sentenced To Prison

We have reported earlier that seven suspects who were allegedly running a vendor shop selling narcotics in Germany were standing trial in January. Now, the Duisburg District Court sentenced six defendants to prison and probation sentences. According to the court information, the gang had traded drugs between 2012 and their arrest on February 23, 2016. Police reported that the six ... Read More »

Guilty Pedophile Walks Free After Years of Investigation

Five years after the investigation began, Detective Garda Kieran Murphy received incriminating evidence from the suspect’s computers, he told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. The detective explained that in 2010, Interpol provided the Garda with the information—a mere IP address—of a suspected child pornography viewer. A brief investigation followed wherein investigators discovered that a 37-year-old IT expert downloaded child pornography from ... Read More »