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Suspect Calls ‘Black Death’ Kidnapping a Publicity Stunt

Lukasz Herba, the Polish man accused of kidnapping an Instagram ‘model’ to auction on the darknet, told officials that the model had planned the so-called “kidnapping” to further her career. The model, Chloe Ayling, had accused Herba and his brother of luring her to a fake photoshoot in Milan, kidnapping her, and attempting to auction her on the darknet several ... Read More »

US Deputy Attorney General Calls for Weakening Encryption

The Trump administration continues to give signs that it is willing to continue to fight the cryptowars which were reignited near the end of the Obama administration when the Department of Justice nearly had a federal court compel Apple to decrypt a dead terrorist’s iPhone. Earlier this month, the Deputy Attorney General of the United States, Rod Rosenstein, gave a ... Read More »

Deputy Attorney General Calls for Government Backdoors

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told cadets at the Naval Academy in Annapolis that “warrant proof” encryption posed a threat to law enforcement. And by impeding law enforcement’s ability to read messages sent from services like iMessage or Signal, encryption puts the public at risk. His speech to the cadets mirrored another speech from one week prior that he presented ... Read More »

The Ghost Telephonist Allows Hackers to Make Calls and Texts from Your Phone Number

Chinese researchers unveiled a new mobile phone hacking technique they have created during a talk at this year’s Black Hat hacker conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The researchers are from Qihoo 360’s Unicorn Team. The Unicorn Team specializes in hacking radio and cellular technology. On Thursday, July 27th, the Unicorn Team delivered a presentation at Black Hat on their new ... Read More »

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Report Calls the SEC Out for Vulnerable Computer Network Systems

According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), frequently referred to as the Congressional Watchdog Office, the SEC has failed to implement a number of protective measures for their computer networks. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) exists primarily to secure and regulate investments—basically everything the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had formerly managed. Since 1997, the GAO warned that the cybersecurity ... Read More »

FBI Calls Playpen Case “Unprecedented in Scope”

A recent court case sparked heated debates surrounding tactics used by the FBI in the investigation into the now-convicted Steven W. Chase. Chase, as many know, created the “world’s largest child pornography website” called Playpen. He actively participated in administrative roles on the site as the site’s lead admin. Only few protested the convictions of Chase, two admins, and hundreds ... Read More »

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US Postal Service Calls for Cybercrime and Darknet Investigators in Latest Job Listing

In September 2016, Senator Rob Portman delivered a briefing to members of the Senate regarding a bill aimed at ending darknet drug trafficking through the mail. Throughout the year, we have repeatedly seen the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) credited in darknet drug trafficking cases. And, at least in the United States, the United States Postal Service (USPS) unknowingly ... Read More »

Irish Law Enforcement Calls Darknet Drug Trafficking an “Overwhelming Challenge”

Law enforcement across the world in 2016 struggled to stay ahead of crime on the internet. Major accomplishments, for both regional and international agencies, made headlines many times. However, as the year ended, quarterly reports from law enforcement authorities, police spokespersons, and even government representatives revealed that the “breaking news” cases were not a regular occurrence. Ireland’s Gardaí (Garda) is ... Read More »

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Chief of Police Calls Darknet Drug Bust One of the Largest Ever in Sweden

On November 16, the Skaraborg District Court charged four individuals for drug distribution. The group sold 15 types of drugs and shipped them across the globe— mostly to the US. They also hand-delivered products within Sweden, investigators explained. Chief Inspector Lars Johansson said “this is the largest drug case ever,” at a recent press conference. Many of the initial figures ... Read More »

D.P.A. Calls for lesser sentence for Ulbricht

The Drug Policy Alliance filed a brief on the 16th pleading the Second Circuit Court of Appeals to reduce Ross Ulbrichts sentence of life without the possibility of parole for operating the Silk Road site. “We have learned from 40 plus years of the failed war on drugs that incarceration does not prevent drug use or sales.” Retired Federal Judge ... Read More »

Senator Schumer: Calls for Renewed Crackdown on Dark Net Markets

As it was published in a press release: SCHUMER: IN RESPONSE TO NEW INVESTIGATION THAT FINDS ILLEGAL, ONLINE DRUG MARKET IS THRIVING & INFILTRATING LONG ISLAND, SCHUMER CALLS FOR TOP TO BOTTOM DEPT. OF JUSTICE REVIEW OF HOW ‘DARK WEB’ DRUG SALES CONTINUE TO GROW – ALSO VOWS INCREASED FUNDING TO BETTER TARGET CYBER DRUG DEALERS According to Report, Long ... Read More »

Instant Messages

Phone Calls

Instant messages (and I don’t mean SMSes), have replaced the need of communicating via a voice call. There are obvious benefits such as able to keep a record/log of what was discussed and a selection of emoticons to convey emotions sometimes incomprehensible by voice. There are so few occasions now that would actually require me to call someone else. Read More »