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Research: Cryptocurrency mediated drug trafficking in Russia

Increased usage of new digital technologies, such as the dark web and cryptocurrencies, has led to digitalization of various crimes, especially illicit drug trading. Using special software, such as the Tor browser, to ensure anonymity and hide their activities, individuals can presently conduct various forms of illegal activities on the dark web, including trading illicit drugs, weapons, and other goods ... Read More »

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Research: The usage experience of cryptocurrency across Russia

It has been almost 10 years now since Bitcoin was born, and since then the new blockchain based currency has introduced the world to a new concept for payments, establishing a novel economic order. Moreover, the plethora of cryptocurrencies we are witnessing now is representing a massive improvement in monetary systems, which has become a topical and controversial issue in ... Read More »

Russia Bags First Place on Dark Web Medal Table

It is no secret that the so-called “big boy” countries in the world run the show in terms of everything. Their powers and superiority are not something that you can question. Talk about their economy, infrastructure, military, influence, and more. It is also no secret that these powerful countries are the ones most involved in the dark web. Russia, China, ... Read More »

Two Darknet Dealers Arrested in Russia

In Rostov-on-Don, a city in Southern Russia, the Customs Service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs captured a drug dealer who “played a key role in an international criminal organization.” Authorities arrested the “key player” drug dealer and one accomplice. The duo, an announcement said, helped supply drugs to customers spread throughout numerous regions in Russia. Along with several unknown ... Read More »

Personal Data Protection in Russia

On July 1, 2017 new amendments on personal data came into legal effect in Russian legislation. They dictate new rules on processing and storage personal data, and impose additional requirements on service providers. At the present moment Russian IT infrastructure migrates to cloud storages. As is in European countries this tendency is enforced by legislation, specifically Federal Law 152 “Personal ... Read More »

Internet users will go to darknet In Russia

Since November 1, a law regulating usage of VPN services and anonymizers in Russia is in full force. For Internet users it has become more difficult to get out of any Russian censorship. “Novaya Gazeta” interviewed Artem Kozlyuk in order to find out how the new act works and how users “survive” in harsh circumstances. Kozlyuk is the head of ... Read More »

Secrecy of communication is violated 435 thousand times in Russia

According to the data provided by the judicial department of the Supreme Court of Russia, legal enforcement agencies have submitted 436,800 petitions for breaching the confidentiality of correspondence in 2017. 99.68% of them were upheld. It is important to understand that LEAs tracked messages and intercepted phone calls in the course of so called “investigating activities.” In these cases, officers ... Read More »

“The number of cybercrimes in Russia has increased six fold, reaching $18 million in damage”

Yuri Chaika, the Attorney General of Russia, reported significant increases in cybercrimes in the state during 2017, which number grew six times as much for the last 3 years. At the meeting devoted to cyber counterstrikes Chaika provided the following data: “For the period 2013-2016 the number of cybercrimes increased from 11,000 to 66,000. And in 2017 the growth is ... Read More »

Several Internet Drug Dealers Busted in Russia

According to reports from Russia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, authorities arrested three Russian citizens for selling drugs on the internet. The three, believed to have been part of an organized drug trafficking group, allegedly sold illegal substances in exchange for cryptocurrencies. The Investigation Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Kaluga Oblast investigated three suspects involved in organized drug ... Read More »

US Fights Russia Over Alleged BTC-e Founder Extradition

A Greek court cleared the way for Alexander Vinnik, a suspected operator of the Bitcoin exchange formerly known as BTC-e, to be cleared for extradition to the United States. Vinnik faces money laundering charges in the US. However, as a Russian citizen, Vinnik protested the extradition to the US and agreed to surrender himself to Russia. Russia issued an extradition ... Read More »

Russia Clash with the U.S over Extradition of Cybercriminal from Greece

Reports from a Greek judicial official reveals that Russia and the United States have once locked horns again after Russia sought an extradition of a Russian national believed to be a cybercriminal who was arrested in Greece at the request of the United States. Aleksandr Vinnik was the mastermind of the crime organization accused of laundering over $4 billion in ... Read More »

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Russia Goes After Tor, VPNs, and Proxies in Latest Bill

In Russia, a bill further restricting internet freedom and privacy has come close to becoming law. The bill finally takes steps to prevent the public from using Tor, VPNs, and web proxies. All that remains before the bill becomes a law is the signature of President Vladimir Putin. Both the Russian Parliament and the Russian Federation Council approved the bill ... Read More »

Two More Internet Drug Dealers Arrested in Russia

As a result of an ongoing operation into drug trafficking on the area, the Federal Drug Control Service of the Russian Federation (FSKN) arrested two members of a group responsible for the production and distribution of amphetamine in St. Petersburg. The two suspects sold their products through an online drug store. The FSKN identified an organized crime ring operating out ... Read More »