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Freedom Hosting Admin Still Losing Extradition Battle

Eric Eoin Marques, the alleged owner and operator of the defunct hidden service host “Freedom Hosting,” recently launched a judicial review in an attempt to end the impending extradition to the United States. Ireland arrested the 32-year-old in 2013 after receiving a provisional extradition request from the US. Since the arrest, Marques appealed the case several times, but employed a ... Read More »

New DEA Report Covers Bitcoin Money Laundering and Darknet Drug Trade

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the United States Department of Justice recently jointly released their National Drug Threat Assessment for this year. In the new report, the DEA mentions the use of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies for money laundering, as well as drug trafficking through darknet markets. The DEA’s Strategic Intelligence Section creates a new drug threat ... Read More »

Google to Enable Encrypted DNS Requests in Android

Google has added a new function that it is testing out for the Android mobile Operating System. The new feature encrypts Domain Name Server (DNS) requests using the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol and is called DNS-over-TLS, similar to how HTTP data is encrypted with TLS when using the HTTPS protocol. Android is currently the most popular mobile operating system ... Read More »

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Microsoft to Drop Lawsuit Against US Government Secrecy Orders

Microsoft recently dropped one of their lawsuits against the United States federal government. The lawsuit that is being dismissed was originally filed in the spring of last year and challenged the indefinite secrecy orders under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 that the federal government had frequently been using. Over a period of a year and a half, the ... Read More »

Australian Man who imported Drugs from the Dark Web Denied Bail

An Australian man accused of purchasing more than a kilogram of MDMA and amphetamine via the dark web had his bail appeal thrown out. 23-year-old Jay Vince, a native of Highton, Victoria was alleged to have imported 835g of amphetamine and 219g of MDMA from the Netherlands. According to the Geelong Magistrates’ Court, the goods were arranged to arrive in ... Read More »

Bitcoin Money Laundering Lands Six in Court

Six men are facing charges in the Netherlands after being accused of laundering hundreds of thousands of euros with the aid of the online cryptocurrency, Bitcoin. They allegedly laundered the money by reselling bitcoins paid for by illicit drug sales. The men appeared in a Dutch court on Wednesday and are now facing a potential jail term ranging from 6 ... Read More »

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7.11.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Dream Vendor “CzechoSlovakFarm” Busted in Slovakia According to an official update posted on Facebook by Slovak law enforcement, police in the Trenčín Region of northwestern Slovakia had apprehended a 24-year-old darknet marijuana vendor named Juraj. The police’s statement alleged that Juraj had grown marijuana in his Northwest Trenčín family home from September 2016 until his late 2017 arrest. He had ... Read More »

German Vendor Caught in Special Forces Raid

According to a press release issued by a spokesperson for the Rhein-Erft-Kreis district police in Germany, a lengthy investigation led to the arrest of an alleged darknet vendor and his suspected accomplices. The primary target of the investigation, a 43-year-old Bedburg man, reportedly distributed drugs via darknet markets from January 2016 until his arrest in late October, 2017. Investigators had ... Read More »

New Connecticut Task Force Targets Cybercrime

As technology continues to advance, so does cybercrime. It is spreading its wings to new sectors as well as enforcing its presence in the daily activities of human beings. Crimes ranging from Phishing schemes, identity theft, drug distribution rings, ransomware and malware attacks, security hack and breaches, are visible more now than ever and Connecticut are beginning to experience such ... Read More »

Darknet Gun Seller Sentenced to Five Months in Austria

Towards the end of October, Spain’s Guardia Civil department arrested a former Alphabay firearm vendor. With cooperation from Europol, international law enforcement agencies also arrested six of the vendor’s customers. The investigation led to the discovery that the 24-year-old vendor had shipped weapons to at least 30 customers in 11 countries. Several days after the announcement, a Salzburg judge convicted ... Read More »

Drug Task Force Sees Counterfeit Oxy Influx in Central Oregon

According to Lieutenant Nick Parker of the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement task force, the so-called “Central Oregon opioid epidemic” has expanded to include darknet drugs. Darknet drugs, the Lieutenant explained, encompassed an entire category or counterfeit or “mismatched” pills. The influx of counterfeit pills did not begin with the darknet, but Parker implied the issue had taken off during the ... Read More »

Bitcoin News Roundup 5.11.17

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments. New developments: CME Group, the world’s largest derivatives exchange, aims to launch Bitcoin futures This week, the CME Group, the world’s largest derivatives exchange, announced that it plans on launching Bitcoin futures during the fourth quarter of 2017. According to an announcement on the group’s website, the futures will be cash-settled ... Read More »

FBI Asks Businesses to Report DDoS Attacks

In an October public service announcement, the FBI explained “DDoS-for-hire” services and requested that victims of DDoS attacks file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). They explained that malicious actors sell DDoS-for-hire services (aka booters) on criminal marketplaces with effectively one goal: preventing access to a “U.S. company or government website.” In an earlier press release, ... Read More »

Russian Dark Web Marketplace Selling RDP Servers for as little as $15

Flashpoint, a research security firm has uncovered that hackers have compromised over 35,000 remote desktop protocols (RDP), and are using them as a way of anonymizing cyber-attacks including direct access to victim’s network. In an analysis published on the 24th of October, Flashpoint stated that over 35,000 servers that host remote desktops for various companies have been compromised by a ... Read More »

Three German Darknet Dealers Sentenced to Probation

On October 18, a Saarland court passed down unusually mild sentences to three so-called “darknet dealers.” The men had distributed mushrooms, LSD, heroin, and amphetamine for several months before their arrest, the police said. After authorities intercepted packages addressed to one of the three dealers, they raided the suspect’s apartment and struck gold: the feathers had maintained whiteboards with active ... Read More »