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Authorities Arrest Three on a Darknet Drug Trade

The Italian authorities intercepted three kilos of marijuana and other substances ordered from the Darknet within the week. An investigation coordinated by Nicola Russo led to the arrest of three individuals. Their names were not given by the authorities as investigation were still in progress. However, the information gathered from the arrest revealed that the ages of the arrested traffickers ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, October 1, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Peer-to-peer exchange LocalBitcoins to compensate users for their Bitcoin Cash funds On August 1, all Bitcoin holders received an equivalent amount in Bitcoin Cash (BCH), following the network’s hard fork. Popular peer-to-peer exchange LocalBitcoins never really gave users who had their Bitcoin on the platform access to their Bitcoin ... Read More »

Mass Fentanyl Shipments From China Delivered to Canada Through Dark Web Deals

This week, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), both the federal and the national police force of Canada, has launched 20 investigations into increasing delivery of illicit drugs such as fentanyl from China to Canada. Local news publications including CBCNews reported that the Canadian law enforcement has begun to actively investigate into overseas trading of fentanyl as opioid-related deaths hit ... Read More »

Trust issues of open and closed source light wallets for Bitcoin

Currently there are around 250,000 confirmed bitcoin transactions per day, but only 9,200 full bitcoin nodes (nodes are interconnected servers that store Bitcoin’s blockchain), which could mean that Bitcoin users are averaging 27 transactions per day. This could also mean that there are a lot of users connecting to the network via an external node i.e. a node that runs ... Read More »

Advanced ATM Skimming Tools Circulate Dark Web, Severe Security Issues

Advanced ATM skimming tools are circulating the dark web and banks are struggling to implement necessary security measures to prevent loss of funds and theft of debit card information. Over the past decade, ATM skimming has remained a popular method of data theft internationally. In most cases, hackers replace ATM card scanners with their customized hardware that has identical physical ... Read More »

Fifteenth Defendant in Ongoing a-PVP Investigation Pleads Guilty

Following a fourth wave of indictments in a multi-year drug investigation, a Pennsylvania man became the fifteenth defendant to enter a guilty plea for the distribution of alpha-pvp. The case, led by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), brought charges against suspects as early as 2013. The ongoing federal investigation tracked alpha-pvp traffickers across the United States that had imported the drug ... Read More »

Four Arrested in Italy for Selling Drugs from the Darknet

On September 16, a Carabinieri operation spanning from a province in Venice to the province of Pordenone netted four suspected drug dealers who sourced their products from the darknet. The Carabinieri found—while searching all four suspects—thousands of Euros, several pounds of marijuana, 100 grams of MDMA, 70 grams of methamphetamine, heroin, and evidence of drug distribution. The arrests fell into ... Read More »

Two Vendors Busted After Seven “Return to Sender” Failures

Like dozens of now-incarcerated darknet vendors, two new Austrian vendors brought their darknet marketplace career to an abrupt halt after a series of shipping errors. The pair had only listed products on a marketplace in early June and had only fulfilled “nearly” 50 different orders. Had it not been for numerous accidental “return to sender” packages, the duo may have ... Read More »

Federal Authorities in California are Aggressively Targeting Alphabay and Silk Road Vendors

According to various court documents obtained by ArsTechnica, 11 vendors from large-scale dark web marketplaces Alphabay and Silkroad, which were shut down by the US law enforcement, are set to be sentenced by early 2018. One of the 11 vendors is David Ryan Burchard, a long-time vendor on Alphabay, Silkroad and many other dark web marketplaces. As one of the ... Read More »

New UK Code Seeks Tighter Security on Ships against Cyber Attacks

A new code of practice has been launched by the UK government aimed at helping ship owners improve and tighten security. This decision came as a result of the growing threat that cybercrime poses as it continues to spread and this time around to a much more bewildering place, the shipping sector. The term ‘cybercrime’ to most people, just gives ... Read More »

DEA Arrests French Dream Vendor “OxyMonster”

According to DEA Special Agent Austin Love, probable cause existed to arrest a French citizen who has travelled to the United States to compete in a beard contest. The suspect, 38-year-old Gal Vallerius had landed at the Atlanta International Airport when law enforcement agents conducted a border search of Vallerius’s laptop. His laptop contained a private PGP key that belonged ... Read More »

More Young Students in the UK are Purchasing Antidepressants on Dark Web

According to the investigation of the Sunday People, a rapidly increasing number of young students in British high schools and colleges are purchasing antidepressants and illicit drugs on the dark web. The investigation revealed that many students prefer to purchase both legal and illicit drugs on the dark web because of the lack of assistance school counselors provide. Several students ... Read More »

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Government Contractor Offers Million Dollar Bounty for Tor 0-Days

A cybersecurity company has offered bounties of up to 1 million US dollars for Tor Browser 0-day vulnerabilities. Zerodium’s Tor 0-day bounty program is open until November 30th at 6pm Eastern, or until Zerodium terminates the program after having issued 1 million dollars for Tor 0-days. The company has stated that it plans to sell these zero day exploits to ... Read More »