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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 »

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 »

Europol Links Darknet Markets and Terrorism

Europol—via themselves, law enforcement, the private sector, or otherwise—continually made Bitcoin-related appearances over the last five years. And according to the most recent study that involved Bitcoin and illegal firearm trade, illegal firearm dealers moved to the darknet. Not just any firearm dealers (I.e., vendors), but organized crime vendors. Europol quietly pushed a connection between organized crime, the dark web, ... Read More »

Tax Fraud Up 6,000 Percent as W-2s Fill Darknet Markets

Internet scams are nothing new. Every time one scam gets outdated, the scammer move from one scam to the next. And while people may have learned that those emails never came from African prince and princesses, they started falling for new scams. IBM’s X-Force found a 6,000 percent increase in email fraud between December 2016 and January 2017. The researchers, ... Read More »

One School Lost 120K .Edu Emails to the Darknet

A report issued by the Digital Citizens Alliance revealed, to the public, a data collection some called “a national security threat.” ID Agent, a company that helped collect data and publish the report, said that researchers found 120,000 University of Michigan e-mail addresses accessible on the darknet (Scribd). (Original PDF available here.) The problem increased over a 12-month period; although ... Read More »

Darknet Vendor Lists 25 Hacked Forum Databases

Talk of hacking, both in respect to the usual cybercrime victims and anything related to the US presidential election, dominated news headlines for months. Since then, the mainstream media quieted down—a bit—regarding election hacking or cyber-espionage. Those investigations themselves grew more interesting once the mainstream media slowed election news; the United States indicted four in connection with suspected election hacking. ... 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 »

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 »

Darknet Vendor Selling Bitcoin Forum Databases With 12m Entries

DoubleFlag, a vendor on TheRealDeal darknet marketplace, recently posted a listing that caught even darknetmarket regulars by surprise. For $400, anyone with the technical know-how can own databases from Bitcoin discussion forums with a grand goal of 12,000,000 user entries. Some of the most well known forums now have their user data listed on the darknet. The entity, whether a ... Read More »

Man Arrested After Ordering Weapon via Darknet Forum

In early March, the Federal Criminal Police Office in Wiesbaden and Coburg Public Prosecutor’s Office announced the arrest of a 43-year-old in Coburg. The suspect, according to the investigators—and the suspect’s testimony—ordered weapon(s) on the darknet. He ordered one prior to his arrest but authorities intercepted it. However, upon a search of his house, investigators located additional weapons. The Cybercrime ... Read More »

Police Catch Three Members of Darknet Drug Trafficking Group

On March 15, The public prosecutor’s office in Ravensburg announced the details of a high-profile investigation. Since “at least the turn of the year,” the announcement began, law enforcement investigators tracked a drug organization with five known members. Throughout the course of “extensive” investigations, authorities learned the organization operated a darknet drug trafficking ring. They found more than just drug ... Read More »

Headmaster Uploaded Student CP to Darknet Forums

Romain Farina, the director of a school in Villefontaine, France, possessed a massive cache of child pornography, investigators recently discovered. Authorities indicted Farina in 2015 after he sexually abused numerous adolescents who attended his school. Two years later, after a second search of the man’s residence, authorities found hard drives that connected Farina to a darknet identity named “pedo-master.” Between ... Read More »

Europe Tightens Arms Regulation, Focus on Darknet Distribution

Since early 2016, European law enforcement agencies including the Spanish National Police and the Agence nationale de la sécurité des systèmes d’information (ANSSI) have been targeting arms dealers and weapon distribution centers linked to darknet marketplaces. The ANSSI in particular noted that it has become more difficult to stop terrorist groups such as ISIS due to the presence of the ... Read More »