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Unique perspectives of darknet marketplace consumers

Darknet marketplaces represent an essential part of the dark web, which is mainly focused on illicit drug trading. These marketplaces utilize anonymization network protocols, such as Tor, to promote the privacy of users. Consumers who choose to buy their drugs via these cryptomarkets represent a unique group of individuals who are tech-savvy, and prefer to receive drugs via postal services, ... Read More »

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Using writing style and photographs to fingerprint darknet marketplace vendors

Darknet marketplaces, or cryptomarkets, are Tor hidden services where users trade illicit drugs and a myriad of illegal goods. During the past few years, law enforcement agencies have started to study the networks of darknet vendors in an attempt to link them to their real world identities. Nevertheless, cryptomarket vendors usually use multiple accounts, which render it extremely difficult to ... Read More »

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Research: Using Darknet Forums by Black Hat Hackers During Crisis Periods (Darknet Marketplace Shutdown)

Darknet marketplaces are growing at a rather rapid rate. These marketplaces are not only markets for illegal and illicit drugs, but they are also places where hackers are selling various hacking tools and offering hacking as a service (HaaS) for anyone who can pay the predetermined price in cryptocurrency. The black hat hacker market evolved from being merely a playground ... Read More »

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Research: How third party intermediation takes place in darknet drug marketplace sales?

Silk Road, as well as its successor cryptomarkets, serve as two sided platforms or marketplaces that function as intermediaries for sales transactions taking place between vendors and buyers. To build trust as an intermediary in exchanges between vendors and buyers trading illicit drugs, darknet marketplaces rely on several strategies including escrow, buyers/vendors ratings, and forums that enable both buyers and ... Read More »

Russian Dark Web Marketplace Selling RDP Servers for as little as $15

Flashpoint, a research security firm has uncovered that hackers have compromised over 35,000 remote desktop protocols (RDP), and are using them as a way of anonymizing cyber-attacks including direct access to victim’s network. In an analysis published on the 24th of October, Flashpoint stated that over 35,000 servers that host remote desktops for various companies have been compromised by a ... Read More »

Sheep Marketplace Owner Gets Nine Years in Prison

  A court in the Czech Republic sentenced Tomáš Jiříkovský, the creator of the Sheep darknet marketplace, to serve nine years in prison for stealing bitcoins from the market’s users. According to the court, Jiříkovský stole bitcoin worth roughly 16 million crowns—the equivalent of $731,600 US dollars. The sentence also applies to his role as the owner of Sheep Marketplace ... Read More »

Macedonian Citizen Admits Ownership of Carding Marketplace “Codeshop”

On Friday, August 25, a Macedonian citizen pleaded guilty to operating an online store front for stolen credit cards, debit cards, and identification documents. Djevair Ametovski, the 30-year-old defendant, operated “Codeshop.su” between 2011 and 2014. In 2014, Slovenian law enforcement arrested a co-conspirator with personal knowledge of the site’s owner. The co-conspirator gave agents everything they needed to catch Ametovski. ... Read More »

Geographical Analysis of Drug Trafficking On a Popular Darknet Marketplace

  Cryptomarkets are novel forms of online marketplaces, hosted on darknets, that simplify the trading of a myriad of illegal and illicit merchandize, namely drugs. Even though most relevant academic research studies focus on illegal drugs, a wide variety of other products and goods that are related to identity, or financial fraud, counterfeit goods or replicas, in addition to doping ... Read More »

Netherlands: Six Darknet Marketplace Vendors Arrested

The Netherlands is one of the superpowers in drug dealings in Europe, and a report released last year confirmed that the country is counted among the leading producers of drugs through the Darknet marketplace. As part of the measures to reduce the use of Darknet drug trade in the Netherlands, authorities took down some shops set up on the Darknet ... Read More »

Sheep Marketplace Owner Indicted and Face Years in Prison

Prosecutors in the Czech Republic have indicted Thomas Jiřikovský, the owner of the Sheep Marketplace, and his wife Eve Bartošová. Thomas Jiřikovský is responsible for the largest exit scam in the history of darknet markets. Thomas has been indicted on charges related to theft and weapons and drug trafficking, and his wife Eve has been indicted on money laundering charges. ... Read More »

Darknet Heroes League Marketplace Bans the Sale of Fentanyl

According to various news outlets, the death toll related to fentanyl overdose has risen dramatically over the past two years. In Philadelphia alone, a 632% increase in deaths were attributed to the potent opioid, as well as some of the more potent analogs, as recorded by both the CDC and law enforcement. There is an unfortunate connection between fentanyl-related overdoses ... Read More »

Update on the Case Against the Owner of the Sheep Marketplace

Sheep Marketplace was one of the online markets that gained popularity after the fall of Silk Road 1.0. The site’s alleged owner, Tomáš Jiřikovský, was arrested in March 2015 and little information has been released since his arrest, until now. Jan Danek, head of the South Moravian police’s economic division, spoke with a local news outlet on the investigation and ... Read More »

70,000 Government And Corporate Servers For Sale For As Cheap As $6 On Hacker Marketplace

Researchers recently discovered a trading platform for hackers, which is currently booming, the marketplace sells more than 70,000 hacked government and corporate servers, some of them goes by the sum as little as $6. According to a report published by researchers from the antivirus service provider Kaspersky Lab, at the end of last month, the xDedic trading platform listed 70,624 ... Read More »