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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 »

Australian Law Enforcement Cracks Down Dark Web-Based Illicit Animal Trades

Australian law enforcement agencies and authorities have started to crackdown dark web marketplaces selling and distributing exotic animals throughout the country. Since early 2017, Australian airport security officials and investigators from the Department of Environment have been actively investigating into animal trafficking and smuggling. Dark web-based marketplaces and animal traffickers have started to traffic exotic animals such as rare species ... Read More »

Investigation Has Revealed the Other Side of the Recent Hyderabad Darknet Drug Bust

Earlier this month, authorities arrested a group of drug peddlers who purchased drugs on the Darknet marketplace. The operation that was intended to control the fast growing drug trafficking in the Hyderabad area led to the arrest of nineteen suspects. An investigation after that arrest has revealed that students and other professionals play key roles in the drug growth in ... Read More »

Chinese Government Requiring Muslims to Install Spyware on Their Electronic Devices

Uyghur Muslims in the Chinese province of Xinjiang are facing a threat to their digital privacy rights. Chinese government officials are requiring the Uyghur Muslims to install backdoors on their electronic devices. The spyware is being installed on electronic devices owned by minorities in the name of fighting terrorism. The Chinese government claims that they will be using the backdoors ... 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 »

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Timeline: British Model Supposedly Kidnapped for Darknet Auction

After six days of imprisonment, a 20-year-old British model managed to talk her way to freedom. After the model, Chloe Ayling, arrived in Milan for a photoshoot, two men kidnapped her and held her hostage at a secure location.According to an announcement from the Polizia di Stato, Ayling’s kidnappers had planned to sell her through a controversial darknet auction site. ... Read More »

How Gunmen Covertly Trade Ammunition Over Dark Web

DeepDotWeb has offered extensive coverage on how the dark web and its marketplaces have evolved into well-structured criminal organizations over the past few years, making it that much more difficult for governments and law enforcement agencies to track. The sophisticated structures of dark web marketplaces and criminal organizations have been highlighted by various law enforcement agencies including the French national ... 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 »

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Tor Node Operator Freed from Custody

Dmitry Bogatov was arrested on April 6th, in Moscow, charged with “inciting terrorist activities”. The basis of these allegations was that Bogatov had posted a still image from rapper Jay-Z’s “No Church in the Wild” music video. Yes, that’s right. Bogatov was arrested for supposedly posting an American music video. Granted, the still image was one of a gang of ... Read More »

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Europol Informed the AFP of 150 Local Hansa Vendors

Not dissimilar to the days after Operation Hyperion peaked, the Australian Federal Police received “a trove” of information on darknet users after the takedown of Alphabay and Hansa Marketplaces. According to a report from ABC Australia, the AFP collected data on roughly 150 darknet vendors. Alana Maurushat of the University of NSW said that if the police wanted to go ... Read More »

Three Including a Teenager Have Been Arrested Over Darknet Trade

Recently, there was a report that authorities have launched one of the famous Darknet chases leading to the shutting down of two of the leading Darknet marketplaces; Alphabay and Hansa market. The operation led to the arrest of many Darknet market vendors, among which most of them were teenagers. Authorities gave an assurance that they were going through records to ... Read More »