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Germany Facing Record Levels of Internet Fraud

A recent case in Germany revealed just how common fraudulent online storefronts have become. The Munich District Court heard a case that exemplified the fraud issues in Germany. And Matthias Huber, public prosecutor, explained the reason similar shops kept causing problems for the general public—and the police. The biggest issue that victims often face, he explained, was that fraudsters usually ... Read More »

Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht Almost Ended Up In Jail Due To A Water Leak In 2011

Ross Ulbricht, the convicted administrator of the infamous Silk Road Marketplace, was almost arrested by law enforcement authorities thanks to a water leak in 2011. According to American Kingpin, a new book by Nick Bilton documenting the rise and fall of Silk Road, Ulbricht started cultivating hallucinogenic mushrooms in early 2011. His master plan was to grow and harvest the ... Read More »

Slovakian Authorities Charged A Past Member Of PlayPen Child Porn Site

After the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested the administrator then took control of the child porn website PlayPen, investigators all over the world arrested about 900 users of the illicit site. A week ago, Swiss authorities reported that they detained 42 suspects who were alleged members of PlayPen. Now, an additional defendant was arrested in Slovakia who is accused of ... Read More »

President Trump Signs Cybersecurity Executive Order

On May 11th President Donald Trump signed a long anticipated Executive Order on “Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure”. Under the order, the President is holding the heads of federal agencies accountable for managing cybersecurity risks. Each agency must now use the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) framework on cybersecurity. The order also requires agencies ... Read More »

Colorado Man Sentenced For Sharing Fentanyl Resulting In Two Overdose Deaths

A man from Breckenridge, Colorado, the United States was sentenced for ordering fentanyl from the dark web, which he shared with his brother and a friend, who later died from the overdose of the controlled substance. The 22-year-old Christopher Malcolm purchased the synthetic opioid fentanyl from the darknet, which he supplied to two others, who later died from the fatal ... Read More »

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Bitcoin Price Analysis for 29th May 2017

Is Bitcoin in a Bubble? Bitcoin was back in the news this week, after another strong rally to a new all time high of $2760 on May 25, 1430 UCT. Bitcoin continues to prove critics wrong and rope in new investors, speculators, news anchors and traditional wall street money. ABC news Australia had a news segment 3 days in a ... Read More »

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Frankfurt: 50% of German Dark web Traffic is Illegal

On May 8, 2017, the Frankfurt public prosecutor spoke about the darknet and raised more questions regarding law enforcement’s job in policing hidden services. He acknowledged that the line between crime and free speech was undeniably difficult to distinguish. While allowing almost-unrestricted Tor access could save police resources and protect journalists, it might allow crime levels to go unchecked, he ... Read More »

28.5.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

DEA Says Four Recent Vendor Busts are Connected The DoJ announced that four separate darknet opioid cases were connected. The vendors: OwlCity​, DigitalPossi2014, ustous, and Polira. The cases, aside from the drugs involved and darknet markets in general, looked unrelated. The DoJ said very little and left out much needed details. An undercover federal investigation into U-47 vendors? DeepDotWeb Continued: ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup May 28, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments A bitcoin scaling agreement has been reached According to an announcement published by the Digital Currency Group, a bitcoin scaling agreement has finally been reached. The agreement was met by a total of 56 companies that represent 83.28% of the network’s hash power, including several prominent organizations such as ... Read More »

Cybersecurity Insurance Market to Increase by 3X to $10 Billion in 2020

The demand for cyber security systems and solutions have been on the rise as a result of the emergence of complex and highly sophisticated ransomware, hacking attacks and security breaches. Although analysts agree that prevention is the optimal solution against ransomware attacks and other forms of hacking attacks, companies have begun to seek cyber security insurance as ransomware attacks began ... Read More »

Indian Government Provides Cyber Safety Lessons to Teens to Prevent Dark Web Activity

Delhi police in partnership with local Indian educational institutions and schools have begun to provide cyber safety lessons to teenagers across the country. According to Dependra Pathak, a spokesperson and special commissioner for Delhi Police, the law enforcement agency will teach safe online habits to ensure teenagers don’t get involved in illicit cyber activities and fall victim to illegal operations. ... Read More »

NYU Accidentally Exposed Secret NSA Encryption Cracking Project

A secret super computing project to crack encrypted data that is being run by New York University (NYU), IBM, and the Department of Defense was recently revealed to the public, but not intentionally. The project, known as WindsorGreen, was revealed when the software and hundreds of pages of documents detailing the project were stored on a backup hard drive that ... Read More »

Grand Jury Indicts U-47 Vendor “PeterTheGreat”

An indictment recently named the couple legally considered responsible for the death of an eighteen-year-old overdose victim in Portland Oregon. The two, Theodore Vitaliy Khleborod and Ana Milena Barrero, sold U-47700 on darknet markets like Alphabay. In early May, only weeks after their arrest (and even less time since the police stopped using the seized vendor account), a grand jury ... Read More »

DEA Says Four Recent Vendor Busts are Connected

In an odd series of once independently reported events, the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida announced that a fourth vendor has been charged in a string of related darknet cases. Upon first glance, the vendors appeared to have little in common, aside from appearing in the same press release. And really, even after taking a closer ... Read More »