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Mass Fentanyl Shipments From China Delivered to Canada Through Dark Web Deals

This week, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), both the federal and the national police force of Canada, has launched 20 investigations into increasing delivery of illicit drugs such as fentanyl from China to Canada. Local news publications including CBCNews reported that the Canadian law enforcement has begun to actively investigate into overseas trading of fentanyl as opioid-related deaths hit ... Read More »

Trust issues of open and closed source light wallets for Bitcoin

Currently there are around 250,000 confirmed bitcoin transactions per day, but only 9,200 full bitcoin nodes (nodes are interconnected servers that store Bitcoin’s blockchain), which could mean that Bitcoin users are averaging 27 transactions per day. This could also mean that there are a lot of users connecting to the network via an external node i.e. a node that runs ... Read More »

Advanced ATM Skimming Tools Circulate Dark Web, Severe Security Issues

Advanced ATM skimming tools are circulating the dark web and banks are struggling to implement necessary security measures to prevent loss of funds and theft of debit card information. Over the past decade, ATM skimming has remained a popular method of data theft internationally. In most cases, hackers replace ATM card scanners with their customized hardware that has identical physical ... Read More »

Fifteenth Defendant in Ongoing a-PVP Investigation Pleads Guilty

Following a fourth wave of indictments in a multi-year drug investigation, a Pennsylvania man became the fifteenth defendant to enter a guilty plea for the distribution of alpha-pvp. The case, led by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), brought charges against suspects as early as 2013. The ongoing federal investigation tracked alpha-pvp traffickers across the United States that had imported the drug ... Read More »

Four Arrested in Italy for Selling Drugs from the Darknet

On September 16, a Carabinieri operation spanning from a province in Venice to the province of Pordenone netted four suspected drug dealers who sourced their products from the darknet. The Carabinieri found—while searching all four suspects—thousands of Euros, several pounds of marijuana, 100 grams of MDMA, 70 grams of methamphetamine, heroin, and evidence of drug distribution. The arrests fell into ... Read More »

Two Vendors Busted After Seven “Return to Sender” Failures

Like dozens of now-incarcerated darknet vendors, two new Austrian vendors brought their darknet marketplace career to an abrupt halt after a series of shipping errors. The pair had only listed products on a marketplace in early June and had only fulfilled “nearly” 50 different orders. Had it not been for numerous accidental “return to sender” packages, the duo may have ... Read More »

Federal Authorities in California are Aggressively Targeting Alphabay and Silk Road Vendors

According to various court documents obtained by ArsTechnica, 11 vendors from large-scale dark web marketplaces Alphabay and Silkroad, which were shut down by the US law enforcement, are set to be sentenced by early 2018. One of the 11 vendors is David Ryan Burchard, a long-time vendor on Alphabay, Silkroad and many other dark web marketplaces. As one of the ... Read More »

New UK Code Seeks Tighter Security on Ships against Cyber Attacks

A new code of practice has been launched by the UK government aimed at helping ship owners improve and tighten security. This decision came as a result of the growing threat that cybercrime poses as it continues to spread and this time around to a much more bewildering place, the shipping sector. The term ‘cybercrime’ to most people, just gives ... Read More »

DEA Arrests French Dream Vendor “OxyMonster”

According to DEA Special Agent Austin Love, probable cause existed to arrest a French citizen who has travelled to the United States to compete in a beard contest. The suspect, 38-year-old Gal Vallerius had landed at the Atlanta International Airport when law enforcement agents conducted a border search of Vallerius’s laptop. His laptop contained a private PGP key that belonged ... Read More »

More Young Students in the UK are Purchasing Antidepressants on Dark Web

According to the investigation of the Sunday People, a rapidly increasing number of young students in British high schools and colleges are purchasing antidepressants and illicit drugs on the dark web. The investigation revealed that many students prefer to purchase both legal and illicit drugs on the dark web because of the lack of assistance school counselors provide. Several students ... Read More »

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Government Contractor Offers Million Dollar Bounty for Tor 0-Days

A cybersecurity company has offered bounties of up to 1 million US dollars for Tor Browser 0-day vulnerabilities. Zerodium’s Tor 0-day bounty program is open until November 30th at 6pm Eastern, or until Zerodium terminates the program after having issued 1 million dollars for Tor 0-days. The company has stated that it plans to sell these zero day exploits to ... Read More »

Four Busted in South Korea’s First Darknet Drug Operation

According to Yonhap News Agency, South Korea’s largest news outlet, the Seoul Metropolitan Police Department announced the arrest of four suspects in connection with darknet cannabis distribution. Yonhap reported that the main suspect, according to the indictment, had rented out a large building and converted the place into a marijuana grow center. From there, he sold to local dealers and ... Read More »

Swedish Police: Owls are Being Sold on the Darknet

  According to Police in Sweden, crimes against animals are becoming more frequent. One animal in particular—the great grey owl—has been targeted by animal and plant thieves to sell on underground markets. Rare orchids and reptiles have also become popular marks for the bird snatchers, a police department head explained. A fully grown great grey owl can net upwards of ... Read More »

Black Death Group Kidnapping Case is a Publicity “Sham”

Chloe Ayling, the model kidnapped by alleged operatives of a darknet human trafficking ring, recently announced a book “exposing every detail of the ordeal.” She signed the book deal as hastily as she fired her modelling agent to replace him with a celebrity speaking agent. Given the few details provided by Ayling, combined with the seemingly contradictory ones provided by ... Read More »