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Only 3% of Counterfeit Euros in France from Darknet Markets

France, despite a drastic decline in counterfeit use throughout Europe, still sees a significant number of counterfeiting crimes. Very few of the counterfeit noted in circulation originated from within France, as well. Yet, out of all the countries in Europe, France is first on the list of countries most affected by counterfeit currency. The director of the anti-counterfeiting detailed the ... Read More »

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In Switzerland, Even Authorities Oppose a Darknet Ban

Authorities in Switzerland see an increasing number of crimes linked to the darknet. FDP National Council member and so-called IT expert Marcel Dobler argues that the federalization of police departments that fight cybercrime hinder darknet investigations [and ordinary cybercrime]. The only way to improve the government’s ability to find and catch cybercriminals who retreat to the darknet, according to Dobler, ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, August 27, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: SegWit is now active on the Bitcoin blockchain Segregated Witness (SegWit) is now active on Bitcoin’s blockchain. Essentially, SegWit rearranges how data is stored on Bitcoin blocks, boosts capacity, and removes transaction malleability. Various cryptocurrency experts, including Blockstream executives, Lightning founder Elizabeth Stark, and Litecoin creator Charlie Lee, expressed ... Read More »

Bunch of Drugs Seized, and a 48 Year Old Man Arrested In a Nationwide Darknet Raid

Previous successful raids have opened the way for more raids to be launched. Laying hands on drug traffickers becomes easier when the method of drug penetration into the country is revealed. The New Zealand customs officials gave a hint concerning the penetration of suspicious drugs through the country’s border. The authorities, therefore, conducted a nationwide raid into the Darknet leading ... Read More »

A Night Club Manager Sentenced For Trafficking Drugs from Darknet

An Indianapolis nightclub manager has been sentenced to prison after found guilty to trafficking drugs through the Darknet marketplace. To some people, this may be a surprising news, but to Darknet news followers, this is one of the many published news relating a well to do person to the Darknet drug trafficking. The drug trafficker, Pierre Burnett Jr, 44 was ... Read More »

Lithuanian Court gives Green Light for Man to be extradited to the U.S. in Phishing Case

A local court in Vilnius, Lithuania on Monday approved for a businessman suspected of defrauding more than $100 million out of two major multinational tech companies, Google and Facebook in a cyber crime case to be extradited to the United States. Although the U.S. indictment failed to mention the names of the companies, Snieguole Uzdanaviciene, Rimasauskas’ attorney, said the firms ... Read More »

Berlin Police Arrested Two Suspects For Selling Kamagra Pills

German authorities arrested a couple for selling potency pills on the dark web. The local media reported two arrests in the case, however, the prosecutor’s office in Bremen suspects that two further persons were involved in the sale of the illegal substances. On August 9, law enforcement authorities raided an apartment in Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany. The operation took place on ... Read More »

UK Police Fail to Identify Bitcoin, Research Group Claims

The N8 Policing Research Partnership, in early August, published a report that called for an increased law enforcement involvement in bitcoin seizures. The research group, hereinafter “N8,” proposed that UK police needed cryptocurrency training for several reasons. The most significant, they explained, involved the role Bitcoin had on modern criminal activity. According to their report, Bitcoin had become the most ... Read More »

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Dutch Man Fined For Selling Hacked Netflix And Spotify Accounts

A copyright watchdog in the Netherlands discovered that a Dutch man was selling stolen streaming accounts on the internet. The suspect agreed to pay a fine to the company. Local news outlets reported that the man acquired the stolen accounts from the dark web. According to the Dutch news publication destentor.nl, the 26-year-old suspect of Zwolse, Overijssel, the Netherlands created ... Read More »

Hotspot Shield VPN Accused of Selling Customer Data to Advertisers

Hotspot Shield, one of the largest Virtual Private Network (VPN) providers, has been accused of selling their customer’s private information to online advertisers. The Center for Democracy & Technology recently submitted an official complaint to the United States Federal Trade Commission in which they allege that Hotspot Shield is guilty of employing unfair and deceptive trade practices. The organization that ... Read More »

Pedophile In Sextortion Case Used The Dark Web To Cover His Activities

Law enforcement authorities, after a 20-months long investigation, discovered that the arrested pedophile, who made threats and sextorted underaged victims on social media, used the darknet to mask his IP address. Federal and local authorities held a joint press conference on August 7 announcing the arrest of a long- searched pedophile who allegedly targeted minors with social media threats and ... Read More »

18-year-old German Tried To Purchase Machine Gun From The Dark Web

A young man was arrested by German law enforcement authorities for attempted purchase of a machine gun from the dark web. When investigators searched his apartment, they discovered multiple pieces of counterfeit 50 euro bills in addition to a considerable amount of narcotics. The defendant is facing serious charges. Recently, the police and the public prosecutor announced the arrest of ... Read More »

Swiss Authorities Arrest Three Dream Market Drug Vendors

Recently, Swiss authorities announced that they had identified and arrested three persons who were allegedly selling drugs on the dark web. Law enforcement reported that they had “blocked” the accounts of the suspects. The image the police provided to the announcement is from the Dream Market, where, earlier on, it was reported that some of the vendor accounts were compromised ... Read More »