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Man Used a Printer and Stolen Identities to Commit $60,000 Wire Transfer Fraud

In Gelsenkirchen, a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, a 40-year-old stood before a judge at the District Court of Essen for “large-scale” bank fraud. According to the public prosecutor, he defrauded thousands of unsuspecting German citizens. The investigation, though, focused mainly on Bavarian victims as they lost their sensitive information the most frequently. This form of fraud, the prosecution alleged, ... Read More »

Carinthian Counterfeit Vendor Sentenced to Three Years in Prison

In Carinthia, a 34-year-old received three years imprisonment for producing and selling counterfeit Euros on the darknet. In total, according to the Public Prosecutor, the Carinthian created more than 6,000 50-euro bills. The man had offered a fake driver’s license on the darknet and had several weapons in his home. The defendant had ordered many of the supplies in 2016. ... Read More »

Connecticut Medical Examiner Expects 1,000 Fatal Overdoses by 2018

In Connecticut, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner announced that by the end of 2017, more than 1,000 people will have died due to drug overdose. In the August 28 press release, Chief Medical Examiner Dr. James Gill revealed his predictions for the remainder of the year, along with statistics on the state’s “opioid crisis.” On August 30, Dr. ... Read More »

Czechs Turning to Tor as Privacy Concerns Increase

According to the Czech News Agency (ČTK), citing Pravo, the number of Czechs using Tor for access to the darknet is steadily increasing. They are not using it for “drugs, arms, or child porn,” for the most part, Pravo published in a late August edition. Czechs are using Tor out of a growing concern for their privacy and internet footprints. ... Read More »

Darknet Gun Vendor Apologizes for the Munich Massacre

The darknet gun vendor who sold a weapon to the Munich gunman, one year after the massacre, confessed. Philipp K., the vendor, admitted to selling David Sonboly a Glock 17 and ammunition. He said, in his opening statement, that had he known David Sonboly truly planned “such an atrocious act,” he would not have sold him the gun. Philipp faces ... Read More »

Elysium Member’s “Treatment” Let Him Walk on Child Abuse Charges

At the Innsbruck County Courthouse in 2003, a pedophile received a two year prison sentence for child abuse and possession of child abuse material. He appealed the sentence immediately afterwards, but according to kurier.at, the actual appeal did nothing. The time he bought did everything. He advised sitting any time behind bars as a man in treatment and recovery. This ... Read More »

Macedonian Citizen Admits Ownership of Carding Marketplace “Codeshop”

On Friday, August 25, a Macedonian citizen pleaded guilty to operating an online store front for stolen credit cards, debit cards, and identification documents. Djevair Ametovski, the 30-year-old defendant, operated “Codeshop.su” between 2011 and 2014. In 2014, Slovenian law enforcement arrested a co-conspirator with personal knowledge of the site’s owner. The co-conspirator gave agents everything they needed to catch Ametovski. ... Read More »

Austrian Addict Ordered Drugs During Therapy

An Austrian man, who was previously sentenced to drug treatment, ordered narcotics from the dark web during his therapy. As the customs authorities discovered that the packages contained drugs, they stopped them at the border offices. Law enforcement reported that the parcels contained heroin and amphetamine. Since the suspect violated the conditions imposed by the court, he was sentenced to ... Read More »

Dutch Study: Half The Vendors Migrating To Dream Did Not Change PGP

A recent study by Dutch researchers shows that over half of the vendors who migrated to the Dream Market after Operation Bayonet, did not change their usernames and PGP setups. The Dutch research institution TNO released a study, in which the researchers analyzed the dark web markets – with a special focus on the vendors – after law enforcement authorities ... Read More »

Police Busted NYC Synthetic Drug Dealer

Law enforcement authorities arrested a suspect who was allegedly running two websites where he had sold synthetic “research drugs” to his customers. Police reported that one of the suspect’s sales resulted in the death of a Wisconsin man. Brian Parker, of New York City, was arrested by law enforcement authorities on August 26. The suspect allegedly ran a drug lab ... Read More »

Two students of NIT, Warangal busted with Illegal Drugs

The latest result to emerge from the series of events regarding the Hyderabad drug bust is the apprehending of two senior students of National Institute of Technology (NIT), Warangal pursuing Btech. The Task Force officers of Excise and Prohibition on Wednesday raided their hostel room on campus and caught the students who had five blots of LSD (Lysergic acid Diethylamide) ... Read More »

Online credentials seriously breached: says Swiss agency

The Reporting and Analysis Centre for Information Assurance (MELANI) which was commissioned by the Federal Council to protect critical infrastructure in Switzerland on Tuesday stated that a classified source had passed on copies of stolen data to the cybercrime center. This was reported after news from Switzerland’s cybercrime monitoring center announced that about 21,000 personal details and passwords used in ... Read More »

An Overview of Modern Tor Deanonymization Attacks

Tor was designed to provide a decentralized, censorship resistant network that can offer internet users, websites and various web services anonymity via easy-to-implement means. Nevertheless, since the advent of Tor, some users have failed to maintain their anonymity. Throughout this article, we will discuss Tor’s deanonymization techniques that are available today. We will go through traffic and timing correlation attacks, ... Read More »