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Analyzing Bitcoin Mining Botnets (Minerbots) – How Can We Shield Our Systems Against Minerbots?

Botnets have recently become one of the most serious forms of malicious tools used by cybercriminals to launch a myriad of attacks not only on individuals, but also on servers belonging to large organizations. Botnets can be used to perform a variety of malicious attacks including DDoS attacks, email spamming, phishing of private data, identity theft, bitcoin mining and others. ... Read More »

Researchers Crack Satellite Phone Encryption with New Attack

  Researchers in China have found a way to crack the encryption of satellite phones in real time. The new attack the researchers discovered builds on a previous attack on satellite phone encryption that researchers from Germany discovered back in 2012. Both attacks target GEO-Mobile Radio Interface (GMR) ciphers known as GMR-1 and GMR-2, which is what is used to ... Read More »

Texas Playpen Member Found Guilty of All Charges

Like dozens of the defendants caught in the FBI’s “Operation Pacifier,” 39-year-old Daryl Glenn Pawlak fought the case with vigor. He opposed the FBI’s use of the NIT that connected his username to his company computer. He first accessed “Playpen,” the child sexual abuse forum, in August 2014, according to a grand jury indictment returned in 2016. Between August 2014 ... Read More »

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A Globally Coordinated Operation Just Took Down Alphabay and Hansa

On July 20, “after a globally coordinated operation” between law enforcement agencies worldwide, the United States Department of Justice announced the takedown of Alphabay and Hansa marketplace. Other countries involved in the takedown held their own press events, and one announcement in particular came with an unexpected twist. Dutch law enforcement, unaware to much of the world, took control of ... Read More »

Texas Playpen Member Found Guilty of All Charges

Like dozens of the defendants caught in the FBI’s “Operation Pacifier,” 39-year-old Daryl Glenn Pawlak fought the case with vigor. He opposed the FBI’s use of the NIT that connected his username to his company computer. He first accessed “Playpen,” the child sexual abuse forum, in August 2014, according to a grand jury indictment returned in 2016. Between August 2014 ... Read More »

Netherlands Police Bust Three Darknet Traffickers

In early July, the National Police in North Holland raided eight locations in Amsterdam, Amstelveen, and Zandvoort. The searches were part of a January investigation into darknet vendors from the area. Police captured three suspects in their homes; the other locations contained drugs, firearms, cash, and manufacturing materials. The police explained that in September 2016, the Specialized Post / Parcel ... Read More »

BKA Seized a Darknet Child Abuse Forum

For five weeks, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office in Frankfurt announced, German law enforcement investigated a darknet child abuse forum. The forum, known as “Elysium,” only appeared in December of last year. However, between December 2016 and July 2017, the forum had already attracted 87,000 members. On July 6, the Prosecutor’s Office announced that law enforcement removed the site and arrested ... Read More »

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ROUTING ALL TRAFFIC THROUGH TOR: PRO AND CONS

Every reader of DeepDotWeb knows the importance of surfing the web protected by the Tor network and therefore uses a Tor Browser Bundle. The TBB not only helps us connecting through the Tor network while surfing the internet allowing us to visit onion sites and hiding our ip, but it also uses many security built-in plugins to increase our anonymity ... 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 (the now non existant) Alphabay who sold stolen Australian ... Read More »

The 33-year-old suspect is facing 68 charges relating to the crimes he allegedly committed on the dark web forum.

Arizona Doctor Charged with Selling Bitcoin Without a License

A neurologist from Pheonix, Arizona has been indicted by a grand jury with operating an unlicensed money transmitting business. Dr. Peter Steinmetz was charged by the Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) with violating the Banking Secrecy Act. FinCEN claims that Dr. Steinmetz and co-defendant Thomas Mario Costanzo “enabled their customers to exchange cash for ‘virtual currencies’ charging ... Read More »

Police Arrest Three Men and Seize Bunch of Narcotics Trafficked From Darknet

The course to bring illegal Darknet traders down to the law inspired a prohibition exercise which led to the arrest of three: Mohammad Abdul Waheb (20), Mohammad Abdul Quddos (20) and Calvin Mascarenhas (19). They were arrested for being in possession of narcotics suspected to have been bought from the Darknet marketplace. The three arrested suspects are residents of Chandrayangutta, ... Read More »

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Bitcoin price analysis 19th July

Bitcoin is in Trouble This week Bitcoin’s internal wrangles, that have intensified over the past 4 months, dragged down prices to below the $2000 price level. Within hours, price painted a red candles spiralling down under the weight of the bitcoin scaling deadlock. The fast approaching August deadlines, that threaten to split bitcoin into 3 or more chains, turned into ... Read More »

NSA Diverting American Internet Traffic Overseas for Easier Snooping

A new analysis of documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveals that the NSA is very likely diverting American internet traffic overseas in order to get around restrictions on domestic surveillance. This process of diverting internet data is called traffic shaping. Once data is transmitted outside of the United States the government no longer considers it to be protected by ... Read More »

UN Says the Darknet Threatens WMD Proliferation

At a high level debate of the Security Council in June, the UN Under-Secretary-General of Disarmament Affairs, Izumi Nakamitsu, expressed concerns regarding non-proliferation issues. She called for cooperation between member states in working towards the goal of weapons of mass destruction disarmament. One of the growing threats, she explained, was that of a non-state actors obtaining WMDs from the darknet. ... Read More »