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Bitcoin Transaction Fees Have Skyrocketed – How To Deal With That?

Bitcoin price has soared during the past few months, which was also associated with a sharp rise in transaction fees. Currently, on average costs around $20 to send a transaction across the bitcoin network. This has forced many businesses and individuals to refrain from using bitcoin, especially that the fees tended to be below $2 a couple of months ago. ... Read More »

Meltdown and Spectre Exploits Target Flaw in Chip Designs

A pair of exploits which target hardware design flaws in CPUs made by Intel, AMD, and ARM have come to light early in 2018. The exploits allow programs, even JavaScript, to gain access to sensitive information, including passwords and encryption keys, stored in virtual memory. The first exploit, known as Meltdown, only affects Intel processors and some ARM processors. The ... Read More »

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Two Men Jailed For Role in Cloned Credit Card Fraud

Credit Card cloning has been in the cybercrime world for quite some time now and even though efforts have been made to try and stop this act, such as alerts whenever an authorized charge appears on your card, cybercriminals have diverted their attention to devising new means to overcome these boundaries of security measures. The new thing in town is ... Read More »

Pittsburgh Man Charged for Importing Two Pounds of Fentanyl Analogue

According to United States Attorney Scott W. Brady of the Western District of Pennsylvania, a new grand jury indictment charged a Pittsburgh man for ordering more than 1,000 grams of a fentanyl analogue from South Korea. James Folks, the alleged drug importer, had seven felony convictions prior to the arrest. And according to the U.S. Attorney, police officers caught Folks ... Read More »

How the American Government Surveils the Blockchain

The United States federal government has paid approximately half a million dollars to a private corporation to help various agencies conduct surveillance on the Bitcoin blockchain. The corporation which helps the United States government conduct mass surveillance of Bitcoin transactions is known as Chainalysis. The company has contracts with at least over half a dozen federal agencies. Chainalysis has offices ... Read More »

Malaysian Pilot Tests Positive for Darknet Related Drug in Indonesia

The random drug test conducted at the Indonesian airports by the ministry and the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) has begun to show positive signs fishing out the drug offenders. The Indonesian authorities on December 30, 2017 arrested a Malaysian pilot for testing positive for Darknet related drug called methamphetamine. During one of their routine checks aimed to prevent dangers through ... Read More »

Business from the inside out: drugs packer

A young man who worked as a drugs packer agreed to have an anonymous talk with a journalist of Properm.ru. He talked about the Perm (a Russian city) segment of darknet marketplaces, and dangers he had faced and how his wife reacted to this work. – How did you get into this business? – I never planned to join in, ... Read More »

Victim’s Family Claims Darknet Child Abuse Investigation Went Too Far

On an October night in 2016, the two leaders of one of the largest child abuse forum on the darknet, met in Virginia and abused a four-year-old child. Records revealed that Homeland Security Investigations agents watched the Canadian man meet with his United States counterpart and enter the house. Agents arrested both men two days later. The grandmother of the ... Read More »

Australian Drug Trafficker Caught Using His Own PO Box

Joel Paul Prime, a 32-year-old Eyre Peninsula man, admitted “masterminding” a darknet drug trafficking operation from his family’s rural home. He pleaded guilty in early 2017 to the import and export of a border controlled drug. He later pleaded guilty to almost a dozen other state drug trafficking charges. Recent court documents revealed that the Australian Border Force caught Prime ... Read More »

16.1.18 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Darknet Vendor ‘DutchKings’ Sentenced to Seven Years Netherlands law enforcement arrested, in November 2016, one drug dealer suspected of running the Agora vendor account “DutchKings.” The police actually arrested two suspects, 24-year-old Brandon M. and 26-year-old Kim van H. However, only Brandon M. had knowingly distributed drugs on the internet, the court ruled. Kim van H., Brandon’s partner, told authorities ... Read More »

Ross Ulbricht Appeals Life Sentence to the Supreme Court

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the May 2015 conviction and sentencing of Ross Ulbricht, the founder and creator of the infamous darknet market SIlk Road. Ross is now appealing the Second Circuit Court’s ruling to the Supreme Court, the highest court in the United States. According to Kannon K. Shanmugam, the lawyer behind the appeal, presented two questions ... Read More »

Internet users will go to darknet In Russia

Since November 1, a law regulating usage of VPN services and anonymizers in Russia is in full force. For Internet users it has become more difficult to get out of any Russian censorship. “Novaya Gazeta” interviewed Artem Kozlyuk in order to find out how the new act works and how users “survive” in harsh circumstances. Kozlyuk is the head of ... Read More »