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Research: Drugs Bought On The Dark Net Are Better In Quality

According to a study by the Lisbon-based European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, the drugs that are bought on the dark web could reduce harm for users since of the higher quality of the substances. The report also says that significantly less criminal activity is involved with online drug sales than with street deals. The monitoring centre examined ... Read More »

Bitcoin Price Analyses Feb-18 2016

This week the price of bitcoin held steady over and above a $365 floor, stretching back to January 14, 2016. The last time this support was breached, was on a cascade sell off from $446 on January 12, 2016, when a bear seemed to have resumed. The resulting sell off dropped sharply to $352 low, before bouncing back up and ... Read More »

US Bill Proposal To Stop Backdoors In Encryption

Introduced by Rep. Ted Leiu (D-CA) and cosponsored by Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX), Rep. Suzan Delbene (D-WA), Rep. Rob Bishop (R-MI) and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), the ENCRYPT Act of 2016, short for “Ensuring National Constitutional Rights for Your Private Telecommunications Act of 2016”, aims “to preempt State data security vulnerability mandates and decryption requirements.” The bill itself is very ... Read More »

Hacker Behind FBI, DHS Hacks Arrested

The pro-Palestine hacker known as “Cracka” was arrested in East Midlands, England by British authorities with the help of the FBI. The 16 year old, whose name officials have not released, is the suspected leader of “Crackas With Attitude”, the group who was responsible for the hacking of many people, including John Brennan, John Holdren, James Clapper, and Vonna Heaton. ... Read More »

Turning Your Phone On Is Consenting To Being Tracked

Baltimore Police obtained an arrest warrant for Kerron Andrews, in 2014, for attempted murder. In an attempt to find him, they used his cell phone. They requested a pen register order from a judge, in the request they mainly expressed the intent to locate him by getting location information, however they never said that they were going to use a ... Read More »

Bitcoin Price Analyses Feb-10 2016

Over the past 2 weeks, the price of bitcoin has been choppy at best, oscillating within a range defined by sell off from $450 to $352 over 5 days, January 10 – January 15. Since then, this range seems to be narrowing towards an apex, in what looks to be a triangular pattern approaching a break out point (more on ... Read More »

Bitcoin News Roundup – 10 February 2016

Recapping the week’s biggest Bitcoins stories from around the web. Bank of Tokyo launches its own digital currency. Pete Rizzo of Coin Desk reports that Japan’s largest bank seeks to enter the cryptocurrency space with the recent development of its own digital currency, known as MUFG coin. The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ has been involved in the launch of its ... Read More »

NSA Switches To Quantum-Resistant Cryptography

In a recently published FAQ, the NSA outlines the switch for NSS (National Security Systems) from Suite B cryptography to the CNSA (Commercial National Security Algorithm Suite). The NSA describes the CNSA as a “suite of algorithms identified in CNSS Advisory Memorandum 02-15 for protecting NSS up to and including TOP SECRET classification. This suite of algorithms will be incorporated ... Read More »

Text Message Spammers Get Probation After Darkode Bust

The text message (SMS) spamming trio of Naveed Ahmed, Dewayne Watts and Phillip Fleitz was busted after the FBI had taken down the infamous Darkode cybercrime forum. Both Ahmed, Watts and Fleitz pleaded guilty, two of them have been sentenced to probation while one has yet to be sentenced by court. Text message spamming could seem like a victimless or ... Read More »

Corrupt Silk Road Secret Service Agent Arrested – Again

Shaun Bridges (33), the crooked Secret Service agent who stole money while he was supposed to investigate the Silk Road Marketplace, has been arrested again. He was arrested on Jan 28 at his home in Laurel, Maryland. It was just a day before he was supposed to turn himself in to serve the 71 months sentence, which was ruled on ... Read More »

Silk Road Moderator Sentenced To Time Served

Curtis Green, the former employee of the Silk Road Marketplace, was sentenced to time served, 2 days and 4 years of supervised release, by Chief US District Judge Catherine C. Blake at Baltimore court. The man pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine. Green was doing the customer support of the infamous Silk Road ... Read More »

Gladstone Man Facing Jail For Possessing Ice

Buddy Lipczynski (26) from Gladstone, has been arrested by police for possessing 1.9 grams of methylamphetamine (meth/ice). The man was on suspended jail sentence since he pleaded guilty last August to possession of a document on a flash drive that held instructions on the manufacturing of methylamphetamine. Lipcynski has stood before court several times for multiple drug-related charges and for ... Read More »

Jailed Child Porn Admin Testifies Against Co-Admin

Shannon Grant McCoole (33), the former administrator of the notorious The Love Zone child porn site, provided evidence against a Danish man who allegedly helped him in the administering of the illegal website. McCoole has been sentenced to 35 years by South Australian court for child porn related charges. McCoole, who is kept in protective custody and under 24-hour surveillance ... Read More »

Bitcoin News Roundup – 31 Jan. 2016

Recapping the week’s biggest Bitcoins stories from around the web. Bank of England seeks to integrate the distributed ledger technology into the U.K.’s settlement system. As Pete Rizzo of Coin Desk writes, the central bank’s deputy governor for markets and banking, Minouche Shafik, has introduced a four-point blueprint that seeks to define the bank’s policy objectives and to determine what ... Read More »

Nine Men Busted In Franconia DarkWeb Sourced Drug-Dealing Ring

According to German law enforcement authorities, nine men were busted in Forcheim, Bamberg and Herzogenaurach, who are accused of dealing drugs, which they ordered from the dark web. The criminal investigation department of the Bamberg Prosecutor’s Office tracked the nine drug dealers in collaboration with the local police from North Rhine-Westphalia. Currently, five of the nine suspects have been already ... Read More »