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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 »

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Four School Dropouts from Jharkhand Arrested For Online Fraud

Jharkhand has been labeled as the global capital of cyber fraud. This district hosts several cybercriminals and the majority of them are school dropouts. In response to this, the Indian government has taken initiatives to train policemen to crackdown electronic fraud. The police, in the middle of the year arrested 100 people from the district, and most of them were ... Read More »

German Police Takedown 13 Online Drug Shops

In conjunction with the State Central Office for Cybercrime and Koblenz Attorney General, 139 police officers raided properties in Rhineland-Palatinate, Hesse, and North Rhine-Westphalia on December 7. The operation resulted in the removal of 13 online drug shops and the arrest of site owners and conspirators. The network—or ‘gang’ as described by NRW police—sold drugs through the clearnet and darknet ... Read More »

Man Indicted for Running an Illegal Online Pharmacy

According to Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song, 57-year-old Rashid Mohammad Khan ordered and distributed illegal medications online between March 2015 and January 2017. A four count indictment accuses Khan of participation in a fraudulent drug importation and distribution scheme. While participating with members of the conspiracy, Khan focused on the distribution of specific drugs. Overseas drug distributors, both ... Read More »

India Police Arrests International Cyber Crime Gang Selling Credit Card Details Of Indians Online

The cyber wing of the Madhya Pradesh Police on Monday arrested two persons for their involvement in the hacking of credit cards of other people and making large and crazy online purchases. The duo is believed to be members of an international cyber-criminal gang whose specialty is hacking credit cards run by a Pakistani national, Shaikh Afzal with Shozi as ... Read More »

Birmingham Man Guilty of 137 Online Sexual Exploitation Charges

A 28-year-old Cambridge University graduate pleaded guilty to more than 130 charges of distributing child abuse content on the darknet, sexual exploitation, and even encouraging the rape of a four-year-old. He frequently manipulated victims by posing as a female artist and convincing victims to send compromising images of themselves. After receiving the images, the UK’s NCA explained, he gathered information ... Read More »

Online credentials seriously breached: says Swiss agency

The Reporting and Analysis Centre for Information Assurance (MELANI) which was commissioned by the Federal Council to protect critical infrastructure in Switzerland on Tuesday stated that a classified source had passed on copies of stolen data to the cybercrime center. This was reported after news from Switzerland’s cybercrime monitoring center announced that about 21,000 personal details and passwords used in ... Read More »

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Hackers Steal Cellular Accounts to Break 2FA Protected Online Bitcoin Wallets

All of the major cellular service providers have been seeing an increase of attacks on customer accounts. Hackers are stealing cell phone numbers from users of Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint through social engineering techniques. Once the attackers have control of a phone number they can use it to reset passwords for services like Google and social media sites. The ... Read More »

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59 US Defense Agencies Have Stolen Data Online, Study Shows

Owl Cybersecurity, the company with “the world’s largest commercially available database of DARKINT,” recently published the results of a study on government’s exposure on the darknet. In 90 days, the cybersecurity firm found stolen data from almost 60 government agencies. To the surprise of many, United States defense agencies fared worse than most non-defense agencies. The study showed that the ... Read More »

More Legally Obtained Voter Records for Sale Online

A director of threat research at a cybersecurity firm spoke to Dark Reading about an entity on the RaidForums selling voter records. This is not a new occurrence or even a particularly surprising one, despite the notion that vendors only sell such information on darknet marketplaces or forums. (The RaidForums website is completely accessible on the clearnet. The threat researcher, ... Read More »

Israel Approves Web Censorship Law to Tackle Illegal Activities Online

  Hard Luck to Israel Darknet users following the recent announcement of the government to block all activities deemed illegal on the internet including the Darknet marketplaces. The court has approved web censorship laws to fight against all these activities. The effort is to fight against online prostitution service, illegal gambling, terror group websites and other drugs and illicit related ... Read More »

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Russian Police Raid Two Dealers and an Online Drug Network

  Several days ago, we published a piece on darknet—and clearnet—drug trafficking in Russia. That week, Russian law enforcement had busted suppliers, vendors, and drug resellers. Not even a full week had passed before Russian police started catching more drug criminals with connections to the internet. Cannabinoid & a-PVP Dealer In the Udmurt Republic, Russian law enforcement intercepted a 22-year-old ... Read More »

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EU IRU Finishes Fifth Online Extremist Content Operation

Europol and Interpol, during an operation that lasted less than a week, “assessed” 1,628 files “of terrorist, violent and extremist content” from the internet—both on the darknet and clearnet. The majority of the material, Europol said, came from 38 different online platforms. The decision to remove the content, following discovery by Europol’s internet detectives, was ultimately in the hands of ... Read More »

Comparing the Security of Bitcoin to That of Common Online Payment Systems

Today’s technology offers us numerous online payment systems which enable us to easily execute financial transactions from almost any spot on the globe, in real time, using any device with internet access. Nevertheless, on the world wide web, there are multiple threat agents, malicious activities, and vulnerabilities, as well as the existence of security exploits; all of which are revealed ... Read More »