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14.11.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Operation CROZET Nets Two International Drug Traffickers A nine-month investigation into two international drug dealers by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Australian Border Force (ABF) reached a tipping point this month, according to a press release from the AFP. A 27-year-old Merna man his 26-year-old partner from Kew had allegedly imported hundreds of kilograms of various drugs into the ... Read More »

Arkansas Sheriff’s Bitcoin Mining Program Sparks Controversy

An Arkansas sheriff’s office launched a bitcoin mining pilot program in its Cyber Crimes Division in hopes that the mined bitcoin will help investigators in future crimes on the darknet. In a statement to the press, detective Olin Rankin said the Cyber Crimes Division plans to use bitcoin in the same ways that criminals use bitcoin in undercover operations on ... Read More »

Austrian Ketamine Trafficker Sentenced to Probation

After his September arrest for drug trafficking, a 22-year-old ketamine dealer received a light sentence of probation and mandatory drug therapy sessions. On October 30, the Vienna District Court heard how a Burgenland native had financed his own “addiction” to marijuana through drug distribution. One of his family members, the man said, had told him that he could “make some ... Read More »

Three Men Admit Guilt in Grand Forks Fentanyl Conspiracy

Earlier this year, the Grand Forks Attorney’s Office targeted three men for their roles in a fentanyl distribution conspiracy that led to a non-fatal overdose in March 2017. They had ordered counterfeit A-125 oxycodone pills from a darknet supplier and distributed them throughout the region. On October 30, all three defendants pleaded guilty in a U.S. District Court. According to ... Read More »

Marijuana “Should Be Here Monday,” Suspect Told Police

Following a string of recent drug importation crackdowns in Australia, the Australian Federal Police and the Mildura police arrested an international drug buyer who had ordered several packages of methamphetamine between April and July. The case itself began with the Australian Border Force—a government body that frequently receives credit for intercepting drug packages and collaborating with international partners. The Australian ... Read More »

Bitcoin News Roundup 12.11.17

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Bitcoin Gold will launch on November 12, following replay protection implementation The team behind the controversial Bitcoin Gold project recently announced that it will release a software client for the cryptocurrency on November 12, after being able to implement various new features to the cryptocurrency, in an attempt to ... Read More »

Coinhive Hacked and Launches New Opt-In Service

On October 23rd the JavaScript Monero mining service Coinhive had their Cloudflare account hacked. The hacker changed the DNS records on Coinhive’s Cloudflare account and were able to hijack all Coinhive accounts by getting thousands of sites to load a modified version of the coinhive.min.js script. This modified script forced thousands of sites that run Coinhive’s miner to begin mining ... Read More »

Hacker Attempted to Extort a Fraud Market Admin

In late October, an alleged hacker uploaded a warning to the administrators of Basetools.ws, a clearnet fraud marketplace. The hacker’s warning came in a Pastebin post as part of a threat that if the admins refused to pay a ransom fee, the hacker would release information on the site’s owner(s). Not only would the hacker reveal information on the suspected ... Read More »

Highland Heights’ darknet fentanyl dealer sentenced to 12 years

On October 31, a Highland Heights darknet fentanyl dealer was sentenced to 12 years in a federal prison by U.S. District Judge Solomon Oliver Jr. Alec Steinberger, 22, pleaded guilty during a detention hearing held on August 1, to three federal charges of drug trafficking and seven counts of using a phone to conduct a drug trafficking offense. One of ... Read More »

The New York Times Launches a Tor Version of their Website

While many people think the dark web is no good except for buying drugs and guns, a new innovation has now made it possible to also read the news on the same platform. The New York Times announced on the 27th of last month that it was launching a Tor Onion Service of its website, at the address, https://www.nytimes3xbfgragh.onion.top/. The ... Read More »

Operation CROZET Nets Two International Drug Traffickers

In February 2017, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Australian Border Force (ABF) launched an investigation into international drug traffickers in Melbourne. Among other drugs shipped to the dealers, the ABF had pulled 15.8 kilograms of MDMA and 2.6 kilograms of cocaine from the mail stream. They called the joint action “Operation CROZET.” In late October, the investigation came to ... Read More »

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Finnish Police Quietly Seize a Darknet Imageboard

Finland’s National Bureau of Investigation and Customs recently seized a Finnish hidden service called Sipulikanava, an anonymous and majority uncensored imageboard. In 2015, Criminal Commissioner Juha Korhonen said that Finnish police planned to crack down on Sipulikanava and, along with it, Silkkitie aka Valhalla Market. Like the landing pages of other hidden services seized by the government, Sipulikanava now prominently ... Read More »

California Dealer Caught with 10K Alprazolam Pills

Following a two month investigation by a prescription drug task force in Ventura County, California, detectives conducted a traffic stop that led to the suspect’s arrest. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit and the Ventura County Sheriff’s East County Street Narcotics Unit concluded, during their joint investigation, that 31-year-old Ryan Tallmadge had supplied Los Angeles and Ventura residents ... Read More »

Teen Submachine Gun Buyer Denies All Charges

In April, a teenager, 14-years-old at the time, left school and met a darknet firearms dealer. The charges stemmed from a report by undercover police officers who had caught the teen in a darknet sting operation. One officer posed as the vendor and another, after the first had convinced the suspect to buy a submachine gun and ammunition, posed as ... Read More »