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Houston Man Arrested After Attempting To Purchase Explosives On AlphaBay

In Houston, a 50-year-old man was arrested for attempting to purchase explosives from the deepweb, federal prosecutors announced. The accused Cary Lee Ogborn, as it turns out, was unknowingly in contact with an undercover agent the entire time. According to the criminal complaint, Ogborn attempted to find and purchase explosives on AlphaBay in early August 2016. The FBI looked into ... Read More »

Mozilla is Fixing a Major Flaw in Firefox

Mozilla has announced that it will be patching a flaw in Firefox that if exploited could be used to impersonate the victim’s browser software update server. Doing so would allow attackers to inject malicious code into the victim’s computer.  Mozilla also stated that the vulnerability can also be used to unmask Tor users. Tor developer Georg Koppen stated: “The security hole allows ... Read More »

CEO and CTO of Popular Bitcoin Exchange Arrested

Bitcoin exchange owners are notoriously known for being in trouble with the law. From the imprisonment of Mark Karpelès, the CEO of bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox to the Cripsty exchange case, many have found themselves facing the law on money related charges. This time, the CEO, CTO and head of IT of a well-known Bitcoin exchange are facing charges of ... Read More »

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Bitcoin Price Analysis 28 September 2016

This week the mood around Bitcoin was frenetic and bullish, with great news coming out from fundamentals and price technicals. A Bitcoin report bumped up its Bitcoin price valuation to $850 citing improved fundamentals. Public blockchains also got a boost at the Global Blockchain Summit in Shanghai despite the massive proliferation of private distributed ledger consortiums. Bitcoin is back! Much ... Read More »

PlayPen Admin Found Guilty

Steven W. Chase, a 57-year-old man from Florida, was found guilty of running the infamous dark web child porn website, PlayPen. A press release by the Department of Justice (DOJ) said the former admin was found guilty of one count of engaging in a child exploitation enterprise, one count of advertising child pornography, three counts of transportation of child pornography ... Read More »

Unbreakable Encryption is One Step Closer to Becoming Usable Technology

The University of Rochester has begun work on what they call a Quantum Enigma Machine. This new machine is said to be responsible for unbreakable encryption. It will also shorten encryption keys, and make data interception much more difficult than it already is. American Mathematician Claude Shannon came up with a binary system that would allow him to transmit messages under three stipulations: the key ... Read More »

Crimes Against Children are Growing In Canada

Data that CBC News has shared reveals the number of child pornography cases in Hamilton, and across Ontario has grown a substantial amount in the last 10 years.  The general feeling is that the exploitation is becoming a major problem and affecting more people every day around the world and needs a better look by law enforcement and other agencies. “The amount ... Read More »

Australian Teen Arrested, Could face 25 years in Prison for Dark Net Drug Importing

An 18-year-old teen was busted with close to $60,000 in drugs he bought from dark web markets. Raids were conducted on his home Wednesday in Hermit Park, Townsville, Australia. Reports say that a variety of drugs were found including meth, LSD, MDMA, mushrooms, hash, cannabis, and various prescription drugs. Also seized by Townsville Drug Squad was close to $10,000 in cash, leading to believe ... Read More »

OpenBazaar 2.0 To Run On The Tor Network

In the upcoming version 2.0, OpenBazaar will be able to connect over the Tor network. For the privacy conscious, lack of Tor support is one of the major drawbacks to the OpenBazaar protocol. Brian Hoffman, the CEO of OpenBazaar, enthusiastically confirmed that a OpenBazaar will be running on Tor. A back end developer, Chris Pacia, was the first to successfully ... Read More »

Drug Sales On The Deepweb Have Little Impact On International Drug Trade

The 2016 World Drug Report stated that the deepweb is fueling an international drug trade. According to Stijn Hoorens and David Décary-Hétu, the claim is not reinforced by empirical evidence. RAND Europe and the Universities of Montreal and Manchester conducted a study that ultimately disproved the 2016 WDR’s claims. Global law enforcement agencies routinely arrest succesful deepweb vendors, indicating there ... Read More »

Judge: FBI PlayPen Hack Is “Unquestionably” A Search Under Fourth Ammendment

Fallout from the FBI’s PlayPen case continues as a Texas federal judge rules hacking does constitute a Fourth Ammendment “search.” The judge writes that “This was unquestionably a ‘search’ for Fourth Amendment purposes.” The FBI used malware called a Network Investigative Technique, or NIT, to infect a suspect’s machine. After gaining control of PlayPen in 2015, the FBI deployed the ... Read More »

Bitcoin News Roundup 24th September 2016

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments New developments: The Real Deal, the dark web marketplace where Yahoo! Accounts were for sale, was attacked After Yahoo! confirmed it was hacked, we learned that 200 million accounts for sale wasn’t a lot, taking into account the company revealed 500 million were compromised and that the attack was “state-sponsored”. Nevertheless, ... Read More »

Suspect Arrested After Ordering 130g Of Amphetamine Online

In Croatia, the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Criminal Police Department began to suspect an individual for drug related crimes. According to the department’s website, an unidentified 31-year-old hit the police’s radar in early July. The man was suspected of illicit production of narcotics and of drug trafficking. The General Police Directorate started investigating. Not long after, police discovered the target had purchased ... Read More »

Tor has joined the fight to stop the Upcoming Changes to Rule 41

Tor has joined the fight to stop the U.S. government’s changes to Rule 41. They are urging people to speak up, and fight the changes to Rule 41 which will take effect December 1st if no one does anything to stop it. To date, no one has done anything to fight it. Congress hasn’t even batted an eye towards the changes. The changes ... Read More »

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Drug Listing Images Could Have Shown Vendor Locations

According to Harvard seniors Paul Lisker’s and Michael Rose’s research, dark net drug vendors could have compromised their real world locations thanks to the pictures they used for their listings. The researchers say the reason for the location leak is a data called “EXIF”, which is attached to images taken with digital cameras or smartphones. If the latter devices had ... Read More »