Deep Dot Web https://www.deepdotweb.com Surfacing The News From The DeepWeb Sat, 13 Jan 2018 12:21:42 -0200 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Swedish Company Creates Tool to Prevent Security Breach and Monitor Stolen Data on the Dark Web https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/01/13/swedish-company-creates-tool-prevent-security-breach-monitor-stolen-data-dark-web/ https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/01/13/swedish-company-creates-tool-prevent-security-breach-monitor-stolen-data-dark-web/#respond Sat, 13 Jan 2018 12:21:42 +0000 https://www.deepdotweb.com/?p=24398 News Monitors Sweden, a data mining, linguistics and human language technology firm introduced a new version of its Dark Web multilingual monitoring instrument, on the 25th of December 2017. The goal was an effort of trying to make the dark web a safer place; News Monitors are noted for their provision of search engines to ...

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News Monitors Sweden, a data mining, linguistics and human language technology firm introduced a new version of its Dark Web multilingual monitoring instrument, on the 25th of December 2017. The goal was an effort of trying to make the dark web a safer place; News Monitors are noted for their provision of search engines to the dark web to make it much easier to lay hands on sensitive data.

Cybercriminals have therefore taken advantage of the dark web and have thrust their way into the daily lives of innocent people. Crimes range from the illegal sale of drugs, child pornography, credit-card numbers, Social Security Numbers, sales of other personal information and to some great extent, hitman services. All this is happening on a daily basis on the dark web.

This year alone has recorded some serious cases in terms of hacking, with companies like Equifax and AXA all falling victim together with a host of other organizations. Other companies like tech giant Sony Entertainment as well as Uber Technologies Inc. have all tasted the bitter experience of being hacked in the past. This has been a clear indicator that even the most trusted cybersecurity systems can be breached, leaving many firms, governments, and organizations and its customers at risk.

What makes hacking nowadays serious is where the stolen data ends up afterward. Most of it is taken straight to the dark web where it is advertised to millions of potential customers. This has given the rise for an early warning system of any kind, specifically about data breaches on the dark web, of which News Monitors have provided.

This new version of a multilingual monitoring tool relies on artificial intelligence to screen the dark web for any signs of data breaches or sales of private data from companies, which will then alert these companies if any of the above-mentioned things should happen, giving them ample time to take the appropriate measures.

This new version is accessible for government agencies and all organizations under SAM.gov, and will be available as a free search engine for the public very soon. It is also equipped with catchwords in 32 different languages including Chinese and Russia.

David Berg, the dark web full stack developer of News Monitors, was speaking after the launch of their newest version of their dark web monitoring solution, and stated that data theft leaves the global economy in possible debt of half a trillion dollars each year, and businesses must resort to new technologies to prevent them from falling prey to hackers. “Moreover, as the dark web expands, computer bots are essential to keep up where humans cannot,” he added.

News Monitor’s initiative now adds up to the list of companies who have already taken this step in stopping data breaches and stolen data being sold on the dark web.

In September this year, CFC Underwriting partnered RepKnight to bring out the CFC BreachAlert. This was a dark web monitoring tool developed for the firm’s cyber insurance policyholders which were to alert policyholders when their data even pops up on the dark web.

The CFC Breach Alert also allowed policyholders to search for keywords including their product, name or company and even watermarks. This meant that all policyholders were going to be the first to know if their data was leaked.

Although many people believe that the dark web is of no good other than for criminal activities, it does actually serve the needs of people who have been longing for total anonymity since it’s not illegal to access it.

The dark web is largely used for good reasons by protestors, government agencies, and journalists in areas of oppressive governments. The dark web gives them the opportunity to use the web without been monitored or any kind of interference from the government or any third party.

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Portsmouth Dark Web Drug Dealer Jailed For 16 Years https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/01/13/portsmouth-dark-web-drug-dealer-jailed-16-years/ https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/01/13/portsmouth-dark-web-drug-dealer-jailed-16-years/#respond Sat, 13 Jan 2018 04:21:37 +0000 https://www.deepdotweb.com/?p=24397 A 26-year-old dark web drug dealer has been handed a 16-year prison sentence for selling drugs he imported from the dark web. Kurt Lai Lan, the culprit, imported over thousands of MDMA tablets from the dark web which unfortunately for him was intercepted by officers. According to the officers, the package had more than 11,000 ...

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A 26-year-old dark web drug dealer has been handed a 16-year prison sentence for selling drugs he imported from the dark web. Kurt Lai Lan, the culprit, imported over thousands of MDMA tablets from the dark web which unfortunately for him was intercepted by officers. According to the officers, the package had more than 11,000 MDMA tablets which were worth £80,000.

The packages were in the form of jigsaw puzzle boxes when they were intercepted by the South East Regional Organized Crime Unit, which was sent from the Netherlands to Kurt’s residence in Fratton.

He was found guilty of one count each for both importing and supplying class A drugs.

A recent research placed Britain at number three of the biggest worldwide users of the dark web with its number of online drug dealers tripling in a period of three years. Numerous cases have since been recorded and this latest one is no surprise.

Kurt’s drug business also led to the death of two island brothers from Port St Mary, after selling them ecstasy from his dark web vendor page, of which they overdosed on it. Jacques and Torin Lakeman were later found dead in a room right on top of a Bolton pub in December 2014.

Kurt’s lawyer, however, denied the allegations against his client, stating that, there was no causal link between the drugs his client sold and that on the one which killed the brothers.

The amount of ecstasy ingested by the brothers indeed exceeded the amount bought online allegedly from Kurt, after an autopsy was performed.

He was handed the sentence after an 11-day trial at the Portsmouth Crown Court. A warrant was granted for a search to be conducted at Kurt’s address after the seizure. Officers upon reaching there saw Kurt throwing a USB stick into a nearby garden, which was recovered after he was apprehended.

Additional investigation revealed that Kurt had made many transactions with the post office which involved huge shipments of MDMA tablets. He sold the drugs via many dark web marketplaces of which he controlled personally and used Bitcoin for all payments.

According to the police, Kurt had amassed large sums of money. He was living in the penthouse apartments in London, had very expensive clothes, Rolex watches, over 30 pairs of designer shoes, and was very much living a luxurious life, a life which he couldn’t show was legitimate.

Kurt’s arrest came in June 2017, at London Gatwick Airport when attempting to take a flight, which was a business class to Johannesburg, South Africa on a one-way ticket.

He was in possession of more than £7,000 in cash, and six suitcases. Police then arrested him and subsequently charged and remanded him into custody until his trial.

Ray Lakeman, the father of the deceased brothers after the case, spoke to the Courier and said that he believes the police are trying their very best but there is no way to stop it. He stated that, if his children were able to log onto the dark web, anybody else can also do it.

Neil Cripps, a Detective Inspector from SEROCU’s Investigations team also spoke after the hearing. According to him, the case and the sentence which followed sends out a clear message to people who are engaged in this kind of illicit acts looking to make quick and easy money.

He noted that, it is widely believed that anonymity is afforded by the use of the dark web and unregulated cryptocurrency but no matter the level of encryption you have or how secured you think you are when browsing the dark web, the South East Organized Crime Unit’s expertise on Dark web marketplaces and cryptocurrency will make it possible for them to locate and bring you before the law.

Detective Cripps added that SEROCU works throughout the region to make sure that their capabilities are being utilized to the maximum best. He pointed out this case to be a clear instance where their specialist capabilities come to play which helps in identifying and breaking down organized crime groups.

“The investigation shows that even the most technical method of drug dealing and payment transfers, using the dark web, will be pursued,” he added.

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Romania Police Arrest a Darknet Ransomware Gang of Five https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/01/12/romania-police-arrest-darknet-ransomware-gang-five/ https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/01/12/romania-police-arrest-darknet-ransomware-gang-five/#respond Fri, 12 Jan 2018 20:39:08 +0000 https://www.deepdotweb.com/?p=24387 Romanian police made their first ransomware related arrest in five years. According to Europol, the Romanian police responded to the call of rampant ransomware attacks and sales of hacked data on the Darknet, to go all out to arrest a gang of five. The gangs were suspected to have launched a series of cyber attacks ...

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Romanian police made their first ransomware related arrest in five years. According to Europol, the Romanian police responded to the call of rampant ransomware attacks and sales of hacked data on the Darknet, to go all out to arrest a gang of five.

The gangs were suspected to have launched a series of cyber attacks across Europe infecting computers and holding sensitive data captive. The police, therefore, embarked on a search of their homes, through which they discovered laptops and hard drives suspected to have been used for their operations.

Claire Georges, an Europol spokeswoman said to reporters that: “It’s the first arrests for (using) this kind of ransomware in about five years…Police searched six homes and seized a significant amount of hard drives, laptops, external storage and cryptocurrency devices and documents.”

After a thorough investigation, the authorities were able to arrest three out of the five suspects in Romania while the remaining two were arrested in Bucharest. Cybercrime has been one of the major problems which Europol has sought to eradicate on the Darknet and any other online platform. The Europol has partnered the Interpol as they uphold the fight against cybercrime.

The whole of the investigative process was done by the joint operation of the British and Dutch police cybercrime units, the joint investigation with the FBI and Europol EC3 Cybercrime Centre and Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce.

The charge leveled against the arrested suspects is using the Darknet to order ransomware to infect 30,000 computers. The 30,000 is a conservative estimate according to authorities. According to a report, the gang agrees to release hacked data to its owners on the condition that a ransom is paid. George said: “We calculated that some $9 million dollars (7.5 million euros) in bitcoin payments were made at the time,” she added.

Most of the hacking operations that happen have something to do with the Darknet: either hackers purchase software from the Darknet or they sell hacked data on the Darknet.

This case is quite different from the other Darknet cyber crime cases. The gangs after every successful operation share 30 percent of their earnings with the software developer.

According to reports, the gang purchased ransomwares called CTB Locker and Ceber on the Darknet and used them for phishing method of cyber operation. They used this software to create fake pages of social platforms and other known platforms. They then forwarded these fake pages to victims as attachments, aimed to store credentials of targets who click on them.

They used this method to infect computers across the United States of America and Canada. This method has been a known method used by cybercriminals, and people are as a result advised to be cautious with the kind of links they click on.

It is revealed that 170 cases involving the cyber operation of this gang have been reported. It is likely that the group also infected computers outside the USA and Canada due to the nature of the hacking network. The authorities have warned the general public not to be in any rush to pay the ransom demanded by the cybercriminals. Victims are advised to report cases to the police before any other steps are taken.

The Europol said that the suspects will be prosecuted “for unauthorized computer access, serious hindering of a computer system, misuse of devices with the intention to commit cybercrimes and blackmail.” They will serve as a scapegoat for the rest of the cybercriminals to know that launching an attack on the internet is not safe anymore.

Authorities worldwide have made it their priority to fight against cyber criminals to the core. Cybercrime in Russia for instance has increased six fold. In spite of the arrests of most of the cyber criminals, a lot of them have been linked to some countries including North Korea to be behind the attacks.

It is speculated that North Korea hacked bitcoin from individuals and the various agencies to balance their economic variables following the sanctions leveled against them by the US government.

Cybercrime can be prevented by undertaking proactive measures such as updating a computer’s antivirus and taking basic ethics of internet usage serious.

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Flaws in Postal Services Are Allowing Opioids into Florida https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/01/12/flaws-postal-services-allowing-opioids-florida/ https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/01/12/flaws-postal-services-allowing-opioids-florida/#comments Fri, 12 Jan 2018 12:39:05 +0000 https://www.deepdotweb.com/?p=24386 Anthony Gomes, with his partner Elizabeth Ton, was apprehended by law enforcement some weeks back for distributing large quantities of deadly drugs which they bought from China via the web. The good part of this illicit act was that they got to live a very luxurious lifestyle, owning expensive items including a private plane and ...

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Anthony Gomes, with his partner Elizabeth Ton, was apprehended by law enforcement some weeks back for distributing large quantities of deadly drugs which they bought from China via the web.

The good part of this illicit act was that they got to live a very luxurious lifestyle, owning expensive items including a private plane and others but then, the other side of the coin is that, their act of importing illicit drugs had deadly outcomes. According to reports, at least four people lost their lives in Oregon and North Dakota.

Although this case might come out as very serious since we are talking about the lives of people here, it certainly isn’t much of a surprise since there have been numerous incidents and cases synonymous to this in the U.S. and the state of Florida.

A boy from Miami who was just 10 years old overdosed on a deadly fentanyl in the early stages of the year while another man from Sanford was arrested just last month for possessing fentanyl pills which were branded as candy.

Just recently, two inmates of the Miami-Dade County jail overdosed on fentanyl which led to their death in prison. The identity of the person who supplied the deadly drug to the inmates is still unknown and investigators have stated that they are considering these deaths to be a criminal investigation for potential murder.

Another serious part of this overdose is how the deadly drugs were smuggled into the County Jail which has compelled Miami prosecutors to consider resorting to a new law which makes it much easier to charge any supplier of fentanyl with murder.

For some time now, fentanyl has been the major cause of overdose deaths in Palm Beach and Broward counties.

Statistics from Florida’s last year report on drug overdoses revealed that the cause of death from fentanyl and related synthetic opioids, doubled, tripled and in some extreme instances, quadrupled the number of fatalities in the previous year.

Synthetic opioids are becoming a greater threat to American society. Moreover, from the pills not found by the postal service, at home or around the globe, these are shipping directly to people’s homes and creating more victims of this growing deadly epidemic.

The means by which these illicit drugs get passed the postal system still remains a shocking factor, given the fact that there is an advancement in technology in equipment being used at the postal services.

Many efforts have however been made to try and curb this devastating situation but it seems that those efforts aren’t enough since deadly drugs are still flooding the market in the U.S. The introduction of x-ray machines for scanning and the use of canines has still done very little in solving this situation.

Many people have however voiced out their displeasure with the work of the postal services, blaming them as major contributors to this opioid epidemic by allowing them through the mail.

A report by the opioid commission, however, states that officials of postal services are very much working hard to help solve the situation and in their defense, the detection of fentanyl and its related drugs shipped directly into the United States via international mail and express consignment has presented a new and unique challenge to them.

According to authorities, part of the difficulty is that there are small quantities which are sent through the mail because users do not need too much of it to get the ecstatic feeling they long after.

The Food and Drug Administration in August revealed that they were stepping up their efforts in detecting opioids entering the country illegally through the mail. This came after the growing concerns of synthetic fentanyl and related drugs being shipped from China and other places, flooding the U.S.

Commissioner Scott Gottlieb stated in internal remarks to some senior managers that, he was going to see to it that, over 35 employees were stationed at international mail facilities run by the U.S.

In spite of all these measures, over 1 million packages reach the United States daily via the global postal system without the appropriate security information that law enforcement agencies require to stop and inspect them. These packages could, however, be containing the deadly synthetic opioids and other illegal items.

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Drugs and weapons: what is sold on Russian dark web? https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/01/12/drugs-weapons-sold-russian-dark-web/ https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/01/12/drugs-weapons-sold-russian-dark-web/#respond Fri, 12 Jan 2018 04:38:59 +0000 https://www.deepdotweb.com/?p=24385 How are drugs and weapons sold? How much do they cost? How can you buy a safari to Donetsk People’s Republic (region of Ukraine)? We researched the Russian dark web and talked to its active users in order to answer these questions. Drugs The sale of Drugs is one of the main reasons for dark ...

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How are drugs and weapons sold? How much do they cost? How can you buy a safari to Donetsk People’s Republic (region of Ukraine)? We researched the Russian dark web and talked to its active users in order to answer these questions.

Drugs

The sale of Drugs is one of the main reasons for dark web popularity. A lot of forums and darknet markets give an opportunity for everyone to buy any drug. The offer is certainly limited and prices are higher compared to Western DNMs. Ordinarily a buyer communicates with a vendor using encryption, pays for purchases in cryptocurrencies (bitcoin in most cases) or e-money (Qiwi is the most common). Russian drug vendors use two methods of delivery: “treasures” – when dope is hidden in a random place, postal or courier service is used for shipping countrywide.

Many darknet shops selling drugs are highly structured, their stuff includes dealers, recruiting specialists, packers, logistics, carriers, “treasure men” and even PR-managers. Employees are also found on the deep web. We spoke to an HR manager of a reputable Internet drug store located in Saint-Petersburg. He said that “treasure men” were wanted urgently with starting salaries of about $2,500. In order to earn that much a treasure man has to work 6 days a week for 2-3 hours. The work is as follows: in the evening you need to receive prepackaged drugs and hide about 20-30 treasures in the morning. Drop points are picked on a case by case basis. This part of the stuff is at the highest risk. In a private talk, a treasure man with 3 years experience admitted: “Everyone will be caught sooner or later. Only elites of drug business can feel safe – they are hard to identify”. An HR manager added: “You can expect a promotion to the position of an operator in three months. Surely, if you prove yourself to be a good worker”. Operators communicate with customers and treasure men, receive payments and solve disputes. In some cases they control functioning and finances of a shop. Depending on an operator’s experience he can get up to 50% of a store profit.

Weapons

Sale of weapons is not widely spread on the Russian dark web. Only a few dealers can be found on the largest darknet markets and forums, also there are several websites containing weapons catalogues and contact information. We managed to talk to only two vendors. One of them sells “mass-scale models” (non-combat copies of weapons) remade in military arms. Another one claims to be a Ukrainian partisan selling “absolutely clean weapons”. They have almost the same terms of purchase: after 50-100% prepayment in bitcoins a purchase is delivered by a courier or hidden in a drop point. But the range of goods differs: the handicraftsman offers Makarov pistols while the Ukrainian dealer – AK-74 which “acquired a good reputation in Donbass”. Both of them promise to find something more serious by request.

Prices vary greatly – for example an AK-47 can be bought for the price from $700 to $3,500. Dealers did not reveal a supplier of weapons, however they confirmed the fact, that arms originate from Donbass and other regions of Ukraine. One of vendors said “a delivery to Saint-Petersburg takes a week”. Dealers are not interested in the purpose of a customer’s purchase, so they sell “without any questions”. Interviewed sellers complain about a lack of buyers, saying: “Arms trade is a super-profitable idea only in theory. In practice we have a shortage of demand.”

Safari in Donetsk

In October 2017, there was posted an advertisement on the darknet forum RuTor. The authors, who call themselves “Donbass volunteers”, offer trips to Donetsk People’s Republic. “During a safari across places where military operations are conducted, you can shoot and feel an adrenaline rush. We do not guarantee your safety, but a group of 6 men (all of them are professionals) will support you”. The trip takes a week.

The authors believe that travels to Donbass will become a new amusement for rich people. He says: “In the past rich competed with each other in pretending to be homeless. When they come back from Donbass, they will brag about real victories”.

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Edward Snowden Helps Create App to Fight Evil Maid Attacks https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/01/11/edward-snowden-helps-create-app-fight-evil-maid-attacks/ https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/01/11/edward-snowden-helps-create-app-fight-evil-maid-attacks/#respond Thu, 11 Jan 2018 20:33:36 +0000 https://www.deepdotweb.com/?p=24376 The man who helped expose the NSA’s warrantless global mass surveillance programs is now helping users protect their hardware from physical tampering by attackers. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has helped create a new Android app which helps secure hardware from “Evil Maid” attacks. An Evil Maid attack is when a device is physically tampered with, ...

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The man who helped expose the NSA’s warrantless global mass surveillance programs is now helping users protect their hardware from physical tampering by attackers. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has helped create a new Android app which helps secure hardware from “Evil Maid” attacks. An Evil Maid attack is when a device is physically tampered with, without the device owner’s knowledge.

The name of the attack comes from the idea that an attacker could pose as a hotel maid, or pay off one, to gain access to a room and then quickly tamper with a victim’s computer. Evil Maid attacks where a bootloader has been installed onto the victim’s computer which defeats full disk encryption. But now thanks to Snowden’s new Android app, which is called Haven, people can help prevent Evil Maid attacks and protect their devices from physical tampering while they are not present.

The Haven app allows users to secure a private space, and can alert the user if someone tries to intrude on the privacy of the space and tamper with hardware located there. To use Haven, a user is required to have a spare Android device such as a burner phone or tablet. Haven utilizes the sensors on the Android device to detect when someone is trying to tamper with your hardware. Some of the sensors Haven uses include the camera, the microphone, the accelerometer, light sensor, as well as using the power supply to detect if the Android device has been unplugged. Once a sensor has been tripped, the app will send a notification to the user. Users can set up Haven to send notifications through a regular SMS text message, or better yet, through an end-to-end encrypted message sent over Signal.

The app can be configured to snap pictures and record audio to help identify who the attacker is, or what tripped off the sensors. Notifications and any audio or photos captured by the app can also be remotely accessed over Tor. This requires the user to install and run Orbot on the device running the Haven app. It is important for users to make sure that the Android device with the installed Haven app, has checked settings and made sure that device encryption has been enabled and that they are using a strong password. It is also important to note that an attacker could prevent Haven from sending notifications by jamming WiFi and/or cellular service. Future versions of Haven may be updated to alert users when their Haven device loses internet access, so they may be aware of any attempts to jam WiFi and cellular services.

The new Haven app for Android has released a beta version of the software. It can be downloaded from the Google Play Store, the F-Droid app store, or from Github. Haven is a free and open source software, so users can also build the apk file from the source code if they want to. To install from the F-Droid app store, users must add the Haven Nightly “Bleeding Edge” repository in the settings. Haven is maintained through The Guardian Project, which also contributes to many other privacy related apps for Android, including the mobile Tor Browser called Orfox. Snowden helped develop the Haven app through funding from a project he leads at the Freedom of the Press Foundation.

When setting up the app, the average noise level of the room is checked, in order to help prevent false positives. Unfortunately, there still may be some false positives, but it is important to remember Haven is in early development and is still just in beta testing. Future versions of the app will hopefully be less likely to produce false positive alerts. This app is essential for people who have sensitive data on their devices and want extra protection against Evil Maid attacks. It is especially useful for people who travel with devices that store sensitive information. Haven is not available for the Apple iPhone but iPhone users can still check on notifications if Tor services are enabled by checking notifications using the Onion Browser app for iPhone.

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Undercover Agents Makes A Successfully Purchase Of AR-15 Automatic Rifle On Dark Web. https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/01/11/undercover-agents-makes-successfully-purchase-ar-15-automatic-rifle-dark-web/ https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/01/11/undercover-agents-makes-successfully-purchase-ar-15-automatic-rifle-dark-web/#comments Thu, 11 Jan 2018 12:33:33 +0000 https://www.deepdotweb.com/?p=24375 The government undercover and accountability office released the results of its undercover attempts to purchase firearms and weapons on the famous marketplaces of the dark web with an intention of collecting intelligence on what particularly happens there. The attempted surface web purchases and trades were made “through a wide range of scenarios developed to make ...

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The government undercover and accountability office released the results of its undercover attempts to purchase firearms and weapons on the famous marketplaces of the dark web with an intention of collecting intelligence on what particularly happens there. The attempted surface web purchases and trades were made “through a wide range of scenarios developed to make the seller believe that the transaction would be illegal.”

The dark web is not indexed and its access is only made possible via the “Tor browser” that allows users to browse without giving away their identity and the location from where the browsing has taken place. This makes a safer marketplace for anyone with a criminal’s intention as Individual logins and all transactions are masked.

The undercover agent involved in the test said that with the aid of the dark web, bitcoin and its anonymity are being used actively in buying and selling of illegal goods and services especially drugs and firearms.

The attempt to buy firearms on the dark web by the two government agents without disclosing whether they were banned from handling firearms was successful in two of their eight attempts. In one of the successful attempts the agents purchased an Uzi semi-automatic AR-15 rifle which had been advertised as a fully automatic weapon from a seller on a dark web marketplace. The purchased AR-15 rifle had an obliterated serial number and an Uzi which the seller said was an automatic modification.

The agents made a total of 78 purchase attempts on which 58 sellers refused to complete the purchase process. 31 of them categorically stated that they would not be willing to ship a firearm while 29 sellers refused after they disclosed their identities as undercover agents. In seven of the attempts the agents’ accounts were blocked by the websites and henceforth prevented from accessing the marketplace and attempting to make any purchase on dark web.

In some cases the sellers stopped replying to conversations, others later said the gun was not for sale any longer and others refused to use legal accounts for the payment or had difficulties in payment. In another eleven attempts, the agents were scammed or an attempt to scam them was in process before they realized and stopped the transactions.

The dark web is completely anonymous. Old and new firearms and other weapons are available on online darknet marketplaces as compared to standard surface web.” the agent added.

Having noted that the dark web is a hiding place with access to specific domains that require unique software to gain access, their report did not have any recommendation on what was found as the legal framework controlling the trade of weapons and firearms.

“Most online firearms trades and transaction are usually between unlicensed individuals and are generally not directly subject to required background checks,” the agents reported.

In 2016, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), reported that the dark web, bitcoin, and the general internet anonymity made it extremely difficult to completely stop and control unlicensed firearms sales among other illegal traders on the net. However, Massachusetts officials have warned those committing online related crimes, especially the sale of firearms saying that the state is working on laws aimed at reducing gun related violence as well as monitoring internet for criminals.

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Darknet Vendor ‘DutchKings’ Sentenced to Seven Years https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/01/11/darknet-vendor-dutchkings-sentenced-seven-years/ https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/01/11/darknet-vendor-dutchkings-sentenced-seven-years/#comments Thu, 11 Jan 2018 04:33:26 +0000 https://www.deepdotweb.com/?p=24374 In November 2016, Netherlands police arrested two darknet drug dealers in Eemnes. The duo had sold hundreds of thousands of Euros of marijuana, ecstasy, and cocaine. In December 2017, the partners faced a judge in court and received lengthy prison sentences for drug distribution and money laundering crimes. At their Eemnes farm, 24-year-old Brandon M. ...

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In November 2016, Netherlands police arrested two darknet drug dealers in Eemnes. The duo had sold hundreds of thousands of Euros of marijuana, ecstasy, and cocaine. In December 2017, the partners faced a judge in court and received lengthy prison sentences for drug distribution and money laundering crimes.

At their Eemnes farm, 24-year-old Brandon M. and 26-year-old Kim van H. operated the darknet market vendor account “DutchKings.” Given that DutchKings exit scammed in the days of the original markets, the duo likely sold online under a new, unrelated account. Law enforcement never revealed any information to that end, though. The police, in November 2016, had arrived at the Eemnes farm in search of a cannabis farm. They did not know about darknet activity, the prosecution explained.

At the raid on the farm and house, officers found one kilogram of MDMA, nearly 3,000 ecstasy pills, 13 grams of cocaine, and 1.5 kilograms of marijuana. The Public Prosecutor said the duo sold these types drugs on the darknet and had made at least 500,000 euros while in the industry. Officers also found scales, packing supplies, encrypted computers, and envelopes.

Each defendant blamed the other defendant. Brandon M. said that his ex-girlfriend controlled the operation. He claimed that she brought him order lists to fill. The ex-girlfriend, Kim van H., argued that M. had lied about her involvement. She said that she had known nothing of her ex-boyfriend’s actions. “I only occupied myself with my horse,” she said. However, police officers testified that knowledge of the drug trafficking operation could not have been avoided.

The Public Prosecutor revealed that M. had 41 bank accounts that contained a combined total of 600,000 Euros. The police officer testified that even if the ex-girlfriend did not participate in drug trafficking, “she benefited very deliberately from the criminal profits, has participated in money laundering in a refined manner and led a luxury life.” Police said the couple had luxury vehicles parked outside the house, including a Jaguar, a Land Rover, and a sport bike. The ex-boyfriend may have earned even more money, but he told the court that he had forgotten the passwords needed to access one of his laptops.

M. maintained that he had purchased a lot of Bitcoin in 2013 and then profited off Bitcoin’s massive increase in value. The Public Prosecutor, though, said that no evidence existed that supported M.’s claim. Even if the man had purchased Bitcoin in 2013, the Public Prosecutor said that he would be guilty of tax evasion as he had made efforts to hide his wealth.

The court ruled that Brandon M. operated DutchDrugs and controlled the drug trafficking operation. He received a seven year prison sentence. His ex-girlfriend, Kim van H., received only 30 months in prison. The court ruled that she knew of her ex-boyfriend’s activities but did not participate in them.

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Elysium Member Admits Guilt in Dresden Court https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/01/10/elysium-member-admits-guilt-dresden-court/ https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/01/10/elysium-member-admits-guilt-dresden-court/#comments Wed, 10 Jan 2018 20:45:43 +0000 https://www.deepdotweb.com/?p=24363 In July, the Federal Criminal Police Office raided an apartment and arrested a 39-year-old male. At the same time, a massive darknet child abuse forum called Elysium suddenly went dark. The apartment belonged to the owner of the forum and the BKA had seized his servers. Six months later, one of the 87,000 Elysium members ...

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In July, the Federal Criminal Police Office raided an apartment and arrested a 39-year-old male. At the same time, a massive darknet child abuse forum called Elysium suddenly went dark. The apartment belonged to the owner of the forum and the BKA had seized his servers. Six months later, one of the 87,000 Elysium members appeared at the Dresden District Court.

The Frankfurt Attorney General called Elysium “Europe’s largest child pornography platform.” He was not correct; at least two sites still dwarf Elysium, including one European forum. But the 87,000-member forum had gained traction. The site had chatrooms in German, English, French, Spanish and Italian. International authorities helped with the investigation. Austria, Italy, New Zealand and Australia aided in the arrest of Elysium members and identification of the forum’s owner. The owner, a man from Hesse, is facing an assortment of charges.

Authorities also arrested a 61-year-old from Bavaria and two other Germans in connection with launching the site, but the details and cases have been kept private. “The [darknet child pornography scene] is very well connected,” Georg Ungefuk, spokesman for the Frankfurt Attorney General said. “Many forums are closed forums […so] new sites like Elysium are spreading very fast.” Elysium grew to 87,000 users in less than six months. Ungefuk is unaware of how many international arrests have occurred as a result of the investigation. But for the most part, the arrests that came as a result of the Elysium investigation have involved people that committed “severe” sexual abuse and filmed themselves in the act, for instance. One member shared his daughters with an Elysium member.

41-year-old Dr. Clemens M., an engineer from Dresden, found himself in handcuffs only days after the BKA took Elysium down. He was one of 14 arrested suspects arrested in Germany (initial reports said 17 arrests). Dr. M faces charges for the severe sexual abuse of two girls in his home. His victims were the daughters of a family friend. He sexually assaulted and raped the girls between 2015 and 2017 when the girls were between three and five years old and between five and seven years old.

Prosecutor Nicole Klinger read the sexual abuse allegations described in the indictment. Even as gruesome as some of the facts were, Clemens M. did not deny committing his actions.

According to statements given at Dresden District Court, the girls did not tell anyone of the abuse. The BKA, assisted by the Central Office for Combating Internet Crime (ZIT) and other law enforcement groups, identified the man during the Elysium takedown. When the police raided his apartment in July, they discovered pictures and videos depicting various scenes of child abuse. Officers also found photographs of the two girls he had been abusing. The pictures matched videos of the girls that he had uploaded to the child abuse forum Elysium.

The court will reconvene in January 2018.

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Darknet Dealers Caught for Shipping 500,000 Pills https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/01/10/darknet-dealers-caught-shipping-500000-pills/ https://www.deepdotweb.com/2018/01/10/darknet-dealers-caught-shipping-500000-pills/#respond Wed, 10 Jan 2018 12:45:41 +0000 https://www.deepdotweb.com/?p=24362 In December, authorities arrested two California men for their participation in a massive opioid trafficking conspiracy that spanned the United States. The defendants, Andrew Tablack, a 26-year-old from Beverly Hills, California, and Stephan Durham, a 43-year-old from Altadena, California, allegedly shipped cyclopropyl fentanyl pills across the United States. Authorities claimed that the men operated a ...

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In December, authorities arrested two California men for their participation in a massive opioid trafficking conspiracy that spanned the United States. The defendants, Andrew Tablack, a 26-year-old from Beverly Hills, California, and Stephan Durham, a 43-year-old from Altadena, California, allegedly shipped cyclopropyl fentanyl pills across the United States. Authorities claimed that the men operated a darknet market vendor account and shipped pills to their customers.

The men shipped one package to an address in Monmouth County, New Jersey, in September that contained 226,520 cyclopropyl fentanyl pills. According to the Office of the U.S. Attorney in New Jersey, the men shipped a total of 500,000 pills to the New Jersey address. They appeared in Los Angeles federal court on conspiracy to distribute cyclopropyl fentanyl and possession with intent to distribute at least 400 grams of cyclopropyl fentanyl.

Prosecutors accused the men of owning and operating a pill production facility in a California warehouse. Investigators uncovered shipping records proving that Tablack had ordered nine pill presses to an industrial building in California. Records revealed that a business owned by Durham leased the industrial building where the partners operated the pill presses.

Prosecutors said that during the summer, the California traffickers mailed a package of 300,000 cyclopropyl fentanyl pills to a Monmouth County address. The DEA seized the package during a raid on the Monmouth County residence. One month later, the dealers allegedly mailed a second package. The second shipment contained fewer pills (226,520 cyclopropyl fentanyl pills), but weighing 44 pounds. This time, likely with assistance from the United States Postal Inspection Service, the DEA intercepted the package prior to the package’s arrival. The dealers had shipped it to the same address.

During the investigation into the California duo, authorities managed to intercept several incriminating packages that belonged to Tablack or Durham. They intercepted fentanyl disguised as food and beauty products. They also seized various parts needed for pill production, such as die casts, dyes, and powders.

In November, a spokesperson from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office said police officers had seized blue carfentanil and cyclopropyl fentanyl pills while conducting an investigation at Holmdel and Long Branch. The pills looked like oxycodone pills, the officers said. A spokesperson confirmed the pills matched those from the California dealers, but did not go into further detail. Tablack and Durham allegedly sold on the darknet and conducted transactions with Bitcoin, but the quantity of the pills shipped indicated that they may have been participating in a drug trafficking organization much larger than two guys and some small-scale resellers.

No further arrests have been made at this time.

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