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Europol Arrested 76 Suspects In Europe-Wide Operation Against Carders

In a recent operation against online fraudsters, the Europol arrested 76 persons in 26 countries who are suspected of committing fraud using stolen credit card information. The law enforcement operation, “eCommerce Action 2017”, was coordinated by the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) to take down cyber criminals who are using stolen financial information, with the main focus on credit and debit ... Read More »

FBI Talks “Going Dark” in Latest Budget Request

In its Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2018, the Federal Bureau of Investigation asked for $21 million to go towards fighting cryptocurrency-linked cybercrime. Like so many of the FBI’s proposals, the requests were made under the Bureau’s “Going Dark” initiative. Counter-terrorism is also looking to benefit from Going Dark, thanks to advanced communications. The FBI requested a total of nearly ... Read More »

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9.7.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Fear, Uncertainty, and Alphabay Alphabay—a marketplace often amidst minor drama—kicked the hornet’s nest of angry, worried, or otherwise irritated Reddit users. The marketplace unexpectedly dropped offline on July 4. Not even six hours later, the /r/darknetmarkets subreddit had fallen into a state of disarray. Alphabay is still on the DeepDotWeb “Top Markets” list, but it may not be there for ... Read More »

Credentials of Senior Figures in Britain Hacked and Sold On the Darknet by Russian Hackers

Credentials of senior figures of the United Kingdom, including ministers, ambassadors, and police have been sighted on the Darknet marketplace for sale. The passwords and emails which are believed to have been hacked by a group of Russian hackers are sold at cheaper prices for individuals who need them for their frauding activities. According to reports, the stolen credentials include ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, July 9, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Darknet market AlphaBay down for over +90 hours AlphaBay, one of the most popular darknet markets out there, has been down since Tuesday night. The online marketplace’s moderators, after over a day, informed users on Reddit that servers were being updated and that the marketplace would soon be back ... Read More »

UN Official Says Gangs are Globalizing via the Darknet

According to a UN official, Central American crime groups have started to use the darknet to strengthen connections with transnational organized crime and drug trafficking gangs. They are offering drug trafficking services for flat rates and reaching markets that would be otherwise inaccessible. Officials believe this is one explanation for increased cocaine demand and purity. Amado Philip de Andrés, representative ... Read More »

Calvados: students deal with more than 10,000 ecstasy seals

30,000 Ecstasy Pills Seized Dutch Vendor Bust

Law enforcement authorities found an astonishing amount of drugs in a Dutchman’s apartment. The defendant is charged with the possession of narcotics. According to the Dutch news publication bndestem.nl, as the defendant was standing in the courtroom, the prosecutor detailed the amount of narcotics in his apartment. The prosecution used the police report: “It was like a post office,” the ... Read More »

EU Member States to Respond to Cybercrime in Unison

In June, the European Council announced the “cyber diplomacy toolbox.” The toolbox is a set of guidelines for member countries when dealing with cybercrime. And more importantly how to uniformly handle cybercrime, cooperating with other European Union member states. The toolbox was designed so that any applicable cybercrime against a member state could warrant a joint retaliation by the EU ... Read More »

Wall Street Market Adds Support for Monero

On May 22, the Wall Street Market technical operator said that staff were a bit busy “working on a new big feature for WSM.” And on July 6, the Wall Street Market (WSM) staff revealed that big feature: Monero implementation. Currently, Wall Street Market is the only darknet marketplace with Monero support. Both Alphabay and and Oasis enabled Monero transactions ... Read More »

German Man Bought LSD From Chemical Love, Fined By Court

A German man from Südlandkreis, Germany was sentenced to pay a fine for ordering LSD from the busted vendor shop Chemical Love. Law enforcement authorities came to the track of a 20-year-old man from Südlandkreis, Germany. According to the court documents, the defendant ordered 10 LSD blotters worth almost 70 euros from the Chemical Love vendor shop. The young man ... Read More »

Tudge: Vendor Has a ‘Small Number’ of Medicare Numbers

In July, a Guardian journalist, Paul Farrell, reported that he had recently bought his Medicare number from a darknet market vendor. Minister for Human Services, Alan Tudge, called the theft a “traditional” one not a cybersecurity breach. He then called upon the Australian Federal Police for assistance. Farrell found a vendor on Alphabay who sold stolen Australian ISP email logins, ... Read More »

DEA Busted Former Alphabay Vendor “EtiKing”

Federal agents, after several months of investigation, arrested a EtiKing, a former Alphabay and Dream vendor. EtiKing a.k.a. Jeremy P. Achey became the target of an investigation after one of his customers died from an overdose. In reality, the DEA started investigating him after they took interest in one of the deaths; agents now believe EtiKing’s drugs may have caused ... Read More »

Darknet Arms Deal Resulted In Prison Sentences For Four Belgians

On May 22, four defendants were standing trial at the Criminal Court of Tongeren, Belgium for attempted purchase of 10 Glock pistols. However, the deal was never conducted, before it could be made, law enforcement authorities arrested the suspects who sought to conduct the arms trade. On June 19, the Criminal Court of Tongeren sentenced all of the suspects to ... Read More »

EU Parliament Committee Proposes Requiring End-to-End Encryption for All Communications

A proposal to require the use of end-to-end encryption on all electronic communication was called for in a new draft report by the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs. End-to-end encryption protects messages so that only the users sending and receiving the communications can access the content of the communications, leaving service providers and others unable ... Read More »