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19.9.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Bitcoin Vanished During Dream Marketplace Crash According to an announcement on the darknet market’s forums and the Dream subreddit, one of the market’s hard drives crashed, corrupting a Bitcoin wallet file. The corrupted hard drive and wallet.dat impacted not only Dream’s online/offline status, but also user Bitcoin wallets and transaction history. At some point during the ordeal, Dream staff posted ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, September 17, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: BTC-e’s new exchange platform is up and running: it’s called WEX BTC-e, one of the oldest Bitcoin exchanges, had been taken down following the arrest of a Russian national in Greece. At the time, the man was believed to be an admin at the exchange, but soon a Bitcointalk ... Read More »

9.9.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Alphabay Fentanyl Vendor “NarcoBoss” Connected to Three More Overdoses Federal agencies arrested Henry Koffie, a Pennsylvania Alphabay vendor known as NarcoBoss and DNMkingpin on July 5 for drug trafficking charges and charges associated with distributing a controlled substance resulting in death. The victim died of a fentanyl, Xanax, and etizolam cocktail. After Koffie’s arrest, the Office of Attorney’s announced that ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, September 10, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Cryptocurrency complaints surged this year, just like its userbase A recent report published by student loan market LendEDU revealed that cryptocurrency-related customer complaints, the majority of which against Coinbase, filed with the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) surged this year. According to the report, a total of seven ... Read More »

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3.9.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Alphabay Vendor “PeterTheGreat” [Faced] a Judge in August [and Pleaded Guilty] One out of two defendants behind the Alphabay and Dream vendor account “PeterTheGreat” pleaded guilty at recent court date. After the arrest of a couple from South Carolina for the distribution of U-47700, it was not long before the internet made the connection between both suspects and PeterTheGreat. Not ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, September 3, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Troubled Exchange BTC-e is now back online BTC-e, one of the oldest bitcoin exchanges, was taken down earlier this summer after a Russian national was arrested for allegedly laundering billions in bitcoin. At the time it was believed that he was an admin at the exchange, and it was ... Read More »

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28.8.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Timeline: Feds Bust Massive Alphabay Vendor “HumboldtFarms” Federal agents took down one of the largest drug trafficking organizations on the darknet, HumboldtFarms. Homeland Security Investigations—alongside local police in California and the United States Postal Inspection Service—brought down six suspects closely connected to the Alphabay vendor HumboldtFarms. “HumboldtFarmsDTO” sold marijuana on some of the late marketplaces and eventually became one of ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, August 27, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: SegWit is now active on the Bitcoin blockchain Segregated Witness (SegWit) is now active on Bitcoin’s blockchain. Essentially, SegWit rearranges how data is stored on Bitcoin blocks, boosts capacity, and removes transaction malleability. Various cryptocurrency experts, including Blockstream executives, Lightning founder Elizabeth Stark, and Litecoin creator Charlie Lee, expressed ... Read More »

20.8.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Belgian Police Raiding Houses in BTC Money Laundering Bust Although occurring shortly after the takedown of BTC-e for money laundering, the Belgian police’s raids connected to a completely different money laundering case. This time, according to local reports, along with an innocent party connected to the events, the raids involved so-called “suspicious” LocalBitcoins activity. Authorities were still looking into money ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, August 20, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Rogue Silk Road agent admits he stole another 1,600 BTC after guilty plea Shaun Bridges, a rogue Secret Service agent who plead guilty to obstruction of justice and money laundering while investigating Silk Road, after stealing over $800,000 worth of Bitcoin, recently plead guilty to stealing another 1,600 BTC ... Read More »

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13.8.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Alphabay Vendor “Area51” aka “DarkApollo” Sentenced to 6.5 Years Chaudhry Ahmad Farooq, as with many vendors, worked with a partner when selling heroin and cocaine on Alphabay. Farooq managed the operation; he handled the darknet presence, communicated with suppliers, and touched the actual product. According to court documents, Farooq’s partner, Abudullah Almashwali, ran errands for Farooq. Almashwali purchased stamps (in ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, August 13, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Goldman Sachs states cryptocurrencies are getting harder to ignore According to Business Insider, Goldman Sachs analyst Robert D. Boroujerdi and his team sent a note to portfolio managers, stating that with a market cap of nearly $120 billion, it’s getting harder for institutional investors to ignore cryptocurrencies. Robert and ... Read More »

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7.8.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

MalwareTech Arrested for Creating the Kronos Banking Trojan One of the more controversial topics of the week involved Marcus Hutchins, the malware researcher who accidentally slowed the WannaCry ransomware outbreak by finding and purchasing a domain that served as a “kill switch.” The discovery slowed the outbreak enough that some countries were able to apply critical OS patches, resulting in ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, August 6, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: The Bitcoin network split, and Bitcoin Cash (BCC) is now the fourth cryptocurrency by market cap On August 1, Bitcoin Cash (BCC) or Bcash (BCH) was created as a group of miners “forked” from the main Bitcoin blockchain, essentially running a new, incompatible software that changed the way the ... Read More »

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30.7.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Fentanyl Vendor “NarcoBoss” Busted in Philadelphia Although the arrest occurred in early July, details are still trickling down the wire as curious members of the community discover the vendor’s social media accounts. NarcoBoss, once known as DNMKingpin on a banned Alphabay account, landed amidst a high-profile FBI, HSI, and USPIS investigation. The feds ordered enough of NarcoBoss’s products to build ... Read More »