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Gibon Ransomware Appears on a Russian Darkweb Forum for $500

Matthew Mesa, a proofpoint researcher has discovered a Gibon ransomware being sold on a Darknet marketplace for $500. There are quite a number of forums on the Darknet where different goods and services are advertised and discussed. Matthew Mesa, on his research duty, came across a Russian forum where the Gibon ransomware was being advertised. The Russian Darknet forum is ... Read More »

Task Force Argos Operated a Darknet Child Abuse Forum for 11 Months

With striking similarity to the US FBI’s takeover of the darknet child abuse forum PlayPen, Australian police triggered arrests across the globe after spending nearly a year secretly running the forum. Investigative journalists with VG, a Norwegian newspaper, unintentionally stumbled upon the secret operation while investigating the massive child exploitation forum known as Childs Play. While investigating the site, one ... Read More »

BKA Seized a Darknet Child Abuse Forum

For five weeks, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office in Frankfurt announced, German law enforcement investigated a darknet child abuse forum. The forum, known as “Elysium,” only appeared in December of last year. However, between December 2016 and July 2017, the forum had already attracted 87,000 members. On July 6, the Prosecutor’s Office announced that law enforcement removed the site and arrested ... Read More »

CP Forum in Spain Taken Down by Reverse Image Searches

An analyst from the University of Portsmouth named Gareth Owen conducted a study into users of Tor. He specifically looked into pedophiles and viewers of child pornography. Owen wanted to discover the weaknesses in child pornography sharing networks, along with future problems law enforcement might face. The researcher explained that, if someone operated in the correct fashion and took the ... Read More »

BKA Analyzed an Entire Forum in Darknet Investigation

In very early 2017, law enforcement throughout Germany conducted raids and arrested seven men for suspected darknet narcotics distribution. Two lived in Duisburg. The others lived or worked in Hameln, Goslar, Vreden, Saarbrücken, and Eslohe. According to investigators, the crew so sold on the darknet between 2012-2016 – until their arrests. In April, the group got sentenced. The entire discovery, ... Read More »

Darknet Vendor Lists 25 Hacked Forum Databases

Talk of hacking, both in respect to the usual cybercrime victims and anything related to the US presidential election, dominated news headlines for months. Since then, the mainstream media quieted down—a bit—regarding election hacking or cyber-espionage. Those investigations themselves grew more interesting once the mainstream media slowed election news; the United States indicted four in connection with suspected election hacking. ... Read More »

Darknet Vendor Selling Bitcoin Forum Databases With 12m Entries

DoubleFlag, a vendor on TheRealDeal darknet marketplace, recently posted a listing that caught even darknetmarket regulars by surprise. For $400, anyone with the technical know-how can own databases from Bitcoin discussion forums with a grand goal of 12,000,000 user entries. Some of the most well known forums now have their user data listed on the darknet. The entity, whether a ... Read More »

Man Arrested After Ordering Weapon via Darknet Forum

In early March, the Federal Criminal Police Office in Wiesbaden and Coburg Public Prosecutor’s Office announced the arrest of a 43-year-old in Coburg. The suspect, according to the investigators—and the suspect’s testimony—ordered weapon(s) on the darknet. He ordered one prior to his arrest but authorities intercepted it. However, upon a search of his house, investigators located additional weapons. The Cybercrime ... Read More »

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Russian DNM Forum Vendors Interviewed on Freedom and Selling Guns Online

Rarely do darknet weapon vendors make clearnet appearances. Drug vendors, on the other hand, can be found anywhere; even on social media, advertising or defending their product. Many drug vendors have even been interviewed by DeepDotWeb. Similarly, we have interviewed high-profile market admins such like the main administrator of Alphabay, alpha02. Yet weapon vendors rarely see the light of day. ... Read More »

PSA: DNM Avengers Forum Is Back

The Darknet Market Avengers, properly known and referred to as the DNM Avengers, started ages ago as a service to promote harm reduction in drug usage related to the darknet markets. Both the Avengers forum and subreddit have been shut down for some time. Over time dramatic changes have been made, and as a result, the forum is back up ... Read More »

World Economic Forum Publishes Flattering Report on Blockchain’s impact on the Financial Sector

On Friday, August 12th, the World Economic Forum published a 130-page report indicating the blockchain (otherwise known as Distributed Ledger Technology, or DLT) framework could have wide-reaching effects on mainstream financial technology, and the financial industry overall. Founded in 1971 for promoting global entrepreneurship and cooperation between the public and private sectors, the Geneva-based non-profit World Economic Forum collaborated with ... Read More »

How Police Infiltrated a Darknet Forum to Hunt Down Pedophiles

In 2015, we wrote about how a taskforce known as Argos, started focusing on hunting down pedophiles on the deepweb. Argos was not entirely composed of police officers – among the employed were IT specialists, hackers, and detectives. The agents had had to see thousands and thousands of what the head of Argos, Jon Rouse, describes as absolutely unbelievable, horrifying ... Read More »

Tor operator wanted for questioning about ‘offensive’ forum post

Being brought in for questioning by authorities is nothing new to Tor exit node operators. When an operator receives attention from a government agency, it’s often in regard to serious crimes such as a child pornography ring or a potential terror threat: two examples that require investigation. Given that the users of Tor have their identity masked and the only ... Read More »

New Form Of Cerber Ransomware Being Offered On Russian Hacking Forum

Security Researchers at Forcepoint discovered that a Russian hacking forum on the dark web is selling the Cerber ransomware as a RaaS (Ransom-as-a-service). This is a new form since Cerber has been distributed via exploit kits or email using macro-enabled Word document files, however, this is the first time WSFs (Windows Script Files) have been used for this purpose. WSFs ... Read More »

Dark Web Hacking Forum Nulled.io Hacked

Nulled.io, a hacking forum on the dark net, has been hacked and all of the website’s user database has been leaked for all to see.  Nulled is a forum on the dark web where cybercriminals buy and sell stolen credit card and ID data, malware creation kits, and cracks to common software platforms. A not identified hacker group managed to ... Read More »