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New DEA Report Covers Bitcoin Money Laundering and Darknet Drug Trade

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the United States Department of Justice recently jointly released their National Drug Threat Assessment for this year. In the new report, the DEA mentions the use of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies for money laundering, as well as drug trafficking through darknet markets. The DEA’s Strategic Intelligence Section creates a new drug threat ... Read More »

FBI Asks Businesses to Report DDoS Attacks

In an October public service announcement, the FBI explained “DDoS-for-hire” services and requested that victims of DDoS attacks file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). They explained that malicious actors sell DDoS-for-hire services (aka booters) on criminal marketplaces with effectively one goal: preventing access to a “U.S. company or government website.” In an earlier press release, ... Read More »

Australian Cyber Security Centre Reveals Growing Toll of Cyber Crime in Latest Threat Report

Some citizens recently accused the authorities of folding their hands to watch cybercrime increase without any effort to place it under control. In a report released by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network, the monetary loss to online scammers in the country is around $300 million. The latest report from the Australian Cyber ... Read More »

Report: Cyber Attacks At An All-time High

The San Jose headquartered cyber security company ThreatMetrix released its report for the second quarter of 2017. The study showed that cyber attacks reached their highest-ever levels. According to ThreatMetrix’s study, the cyber security detected 144 million attacks in the last 90 days, which is an all-time high. The level and the rate of attacks are rising globally with the ... 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 »

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EU Report: Criminals Lack the Skill to Use Cryptocurrencies

A recent EU SNRA report [pdf] outlined the current risks in the terrorist financing (TF) and money laundering (ML) sectors. The European Commission report briefly outlined virtual currencies (VCs) and then boldly claimed that “criminal organizations” avoided them due to the “high technology required.” Criminals want to use virtual currencies such as Bitcoin, Monero, or Litecoin—but the currencies are too ... Read More »

World Drug Report: Cocaine Trafficking and Darknet Markets

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime released the World Drug Report on June 22. Drug trends resembled those from the Global Drug Survey. Health issues as well. The World Drug Report highlighted additional changes to the drug landscape: global increases of coca bush cultivation. Coca bush cultivation increased by 30 percent between 2015 and 2016. Given the increased ... Read More »

Securelist Report: The Largest Botnet is Nearly Dormant

According to the Kaspersky Lab Securelist report “Spam and Phishing in Q1 2017,” activity from the world’s largest botnet sharply dropped and almost ceased completely in late December 2016. For almost the entirety of the first quarter of 2017, the Necurs botnet sat in a dormant state. And as one of the largest distributors of spam—mainly emails with malicious attachments—the ... Read More »

FBI Transparency Report Shows a Decline in NSLs

According to a recent transparency report by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the FBI issued less National Security Letters this year than last year by a 5% margin. National Security Letters (NSL) fall into a semi-shady area of law enforcement—partially because of the lack of oversight surrounding them. Additionally, the NSLs come with a gag order, more ... Read More »

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Report: Easier To Acquire A Rifle Than A Pistol In The Netherlands

A recently conducted report claimed that it is easier to acquire a rifle than a pistol in the Netherlands. “The darknet and the internet just simplified the purchase of firearms; you order, pay in bitcoins, and you get the weapon delivered by a courier,” one of the researchers stated. According to the report, law enforcement authorities in the Netherlands are ... Read More »

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Report: 60 Percent Of Child Porn Websites Are Located In Europe

According to a recent report by the Internet Watch Foundation, the majority, about 60 percent, of the child pornography websites are located on European servers. The recently conducted report of the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) also showed a dramatic increase in child sex abuse images. This fact raises a concern for law enforcement authorities across the world to combat this ... Read More »

Austrian Report: Money Laundering Is On The Rise

A recent report conducted by Austrian officials showed that the suspicious cases indicating money laundering had seen an increase last year. According to the latest report by the Federal Criminal Police Office (BK), 2,150 suspicious cases (banks reported 2,002 cases) occurred in Austria in 2016. Compared to the year of 2015, where the number of such instances was 1,793, is ... Read More »