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Research PSA: DNM Vendors Survey

Posted at the request of Prof. David Décary-Hétu’s (profile here) and Marie Ouellet’s (profile here), Both have the full confidence and endorsment of DDW who has been following their work for the past few years: Are you selling drugs online? Do you have a few minutes to help us improve our understanding of the harm reduction capacity of cryptomarkets? If ... Read More »

DEA Arrests Two in “RCPowders” Research Chemical Raid

On August 29, DEA agents raided a drug lab in an apartment in Queens, New York City, New York. Wearing hazmat suits, agents from the DEA’s Newark Field Division arrested the apartment owner and the suspected drug dealer, 34-year-old Brian Parker. Meanwhile, at a separate location, officers arrested his suspected accomplice, 29-year-old Victoria Koleski. The duo, according to Acting US ... Read More »

Research PSA: DNM Vendors, Have Your Say!

A request for participants in a research consudcted by a team of researchers with vast experience in the DNM scenes, posted at their request and published here, they have the full confidence and endorsment of DDW who has been following their work for the past few years: —- Do you sell drugs online? Are you interested in sharing your views ... Read More »

Dutch Police Arrest Three in Research Chemical Investigation

In early August, Dutch police forces raided a drug laboratory in Boxtel, a small town in the southern Netherlands. The police arrested three suspects for alleged drug distribution at an international level. Police left out the majority of the details, but members of a subreddit fit pieces together and found the identity of the three suspects. The newly arrested drug ... Read More »

UK Police Fail to Identify Bitcoin, Research Group Claims

The N8 Policing Research Partnership, in early August, published a report that called for an increased law enforcement involvement in bitcoin seizures. The research group, hereinafter “N8,” proposed that UK police needed cryptocurrency training for several reasons. The most significant, they explained, involved the role Bitcoin had on modern criminal activity. According to their report, Bitcoin had become the most ... Read More »

A New Blockchain Market Engineering Approach – A Research Paper

Market engineering refers to the process of prudently restructuring a market aiming at transforming it into efficient and effective means for execution of exchange transactions. Via presenting a holistic, interdisciplinary set of tools to systematically analyze, design, structure and build the elements of various market platforms, to determine fields of application and also to formulate theoretical design and develop evaluation ... Read More »

The Distribution of Opioids on a Darknet Markets – A Research Study

Crypto-marketplaces are marketplaces that are hosted on anonymous networks, such as the Tor network, or other Darknets, and are mainly focused on the sale of illegal substances and illicit drugs. These online marketplaces utilize various tools to ensure the anonymity of their users and confidentiality of the delivered products by mail. Throughout the past few years, illicit drug trafficking on ... Read More »

Monitoring Malicious Activities On Darknets – A Research Study

Darknets are comprised of machines and/or servers with unassigned IP addresses, which operate in a passive mode that is characterized by minimal or no communication with public parts of the internet. It is rather unusual for data to be received on such networks; and if this happens, malicious activity is suspected. Data sent in such way could represent an adversary ... Read More »

Types of Cyberattacks Hitting the Dark Web – A Research Paper

The dark web represents parts of the internet that only exist on darknets and overlay networks. Special software, such as the Tor browser, and network configurations are required to access various parts of the dark web. Darknets are forms of peer-to-peer (P2P) networks that are operated by individuals as well as public organizations. Tor, I2P and Freenet are the most ... Read More »

Frankfurt Research: Drugs Seized More Frequently At Post Offices Than At Travelers

Officials at the Frankfurt Airport seized more narcotics coming in by mail to post offices and to residential addresses than at the possession of travelers. According to the recent study, at Germany’s largest airport, drugs are found more frequently in the post office of the Frankfurt Airport, and more rarely at travelers. “We have an extreme shift in drug smuggling ... Read More »

Research Reveals Australia is an Emerging Leader in Darknet Markets

According to research presented at the Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association Conference this month, Australia is only second to the Netherlands in the number of darknet market vendors per capita. There are a higher number of vendors from Australia on darknet markets when it comes to global trade of drugs, especially methamphetamine. These vendors account for over a quarter of ... Read More »

Research Claims: The Dark Net Is Less Vulnerable To Hacking Attacks

The dark web is a part of the internet, which provides and maintains anonymity to its users. People can use this privacy to either illegal and legal ways. For example, in countries where freedom of speech is oppressed, or the media is censored, the citizens can use the Tor browser to connect to the dark web and anonymously browse the ... Read More »

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Research Paper – A Novel Approach For Deep Web Info Extractions

The enormously wide variety of internet resources and the effective features available on various websites of the deep web today, have rendered safe deep internet browsing, while also finding high quality content, a rather hard goal to achieve. Web exploration represents the process of extracting information from different details property offers such as e-trade and other garage area information extracting ... Read More »

Princeton & Stanford Research Shows Anonymous Browsing Histories Linked to Social Media

Princeton University’s assistant professor of computer science Arvind Narayanan in collaboration with three Stanford University researchers released a study entitled “De-anonymizing Web Browsing Data with Social Networks,” to demonstrate how anonymous browsing histories are linked to social media platforms such as Facebook, Reddit and Twitter to supplement various operations such as targeted advertising. Through simulation and experiments based on actual ... Read More »

Research: Top 10 Cities Hosting Botnets

According to a new report by security firm Symantec, Turkey hosts the most botnets by population in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). The most populous cities in the country are Istanbul and the Turkish capital Ankara, containing the highest and second highest botnet controlled devices in the region. Italy and Hungary follow Turkey, taking the second and third ... Read More »