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Bitcoin news roundup, August 6, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: The Bitcoin network split, and Bitcoin Cash (BCC) is now the fourth cryptocurrency by market cap On August 1, Bitcoin Cash (BCC) or Bcash (BCH) was created as a group of miners “forked” from the main Bitcoin blockchain, essentially running a new, incompatible software that changed the way the ... Read More »

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30.7.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Fentanyl Vendor “NarcoBoss” Busted in Philadelphia Although the arrest occurred in early July, details are still trickling down the wire as curious members of the community discover the vendor’s social media accounts. NarcoBoss, once known as DNMKingpin on a banned Alphabay account, landed amidst a high-profile FBI, HSI, and USPIS investigation. The feds ordered enough of NarcoBoss’s products to build ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, July 30, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: A BTC-e operator was arrested, accused of laundering $4 billion, there may be a connection to the Mt Gox hack Various reports indicate that a 38-year-old Russian man recently arrested in Greece for money laundering was an operator at popular cryptocurrency exchange BTC-e. The man, Alexander Vinnik, is accused ... Read More »

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24.7.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

A Globally Coordinated Operation Just Took Down Alphabay and Hansa The events over the past three weeks were not unrelated to Alphabay’s downtime, law enforcement agencies revealed on July 20. Although even before the announcement, the world learned that Alexandre Cazes’s death was directly linked to an investigation into Alphabay and even alpha02. Law enforcement agencies spoke with Martin Cazes, ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, July 22, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: BIP 91 has locked in with 84.7% support, but Bitcoin isn’t scaled yet Bitcoin’s scaling debate may finally be over, as Bitcoin Improvement Proposal (BIP) 91 has locked in with 84.7% support from miners who signaled for the proposal during 269 blocks, according to data from Coin.Dance. This allows ... Read More »

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17.7.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Alleged Alphabay Admin Found Dead in Bangkok Jail On July 12, news sites in Thailand reported that a 26-year-old Canadian man had died in a Bangkok jail. The news spread quickly and the world soon learned the man’s identity: Alexandre Cazes of Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada. Alphabay marketplace disappeared when the Royal Canadian Mounted Police raided locations throughout Trois-Rivières, hunting for ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, July 16, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Darknet market AlphaBay shut down by authorities; alleged admin found dead in Bangkok Reports suggest AlphaBay disappeared alongside unfolding raids in Canada, Thailand, and the United States. When the raids were first reported a spokesperson stated that a suspect had been arrested in Thailand, and now it is known ... Read More »

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9.7.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Fear, Uncertainty, and Alphabay Alphabay—a marketplace often amidst minor drama—kicked the hornet’s nest of angry, worried, or otherwise irritated Reddit users. The marketplace unexpectedly dropped offline on July 4. Not even six hours later, the /r/darknetmarkets subreddit had fallen into a state of disarray. Alphabay is still on the DeepDotWeb “Top Markets” list, but it may not be there for ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, July 9, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Darknet market AlphaBay down for over +90 hours AlphaBay, one of the most popular darknet markets out there, has been down since Tuesday night. The online marketplace’s moderators, after over a day, informed users on Reddit that servers were being updated and that the marketplace would soon be back ... Read More »

3.7.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

US Fentanyl Vendor Gets Busted On Handwriting Federal agencies brought down a pair of fentanyl vendors from Ohio with oddly unnecessary tactics. Federal agents bought fentanyl from darknet vendors. They then profiled the packs and and found the couple’s most frequented Post Office. Through “surveys,” they connected one of the defendants, James Halpin, to the case. Agents then intercepted an ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, July 2, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Bitcoiners created a petition asking Amazon to accept bitcoin and litecoin payments A new petition on Change.org is asking Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos to start accepting both bitcoin and litecoin payments on the online marketplace, stating that Amazon’s customers would benefit from the move. Low transaction costs, ... Read More »

26.6.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Six Indicted in Darknet Fentanyl Distribution Ring The case against the former Alphabay vendor known as Pharma-Master grew substantially larger. A superseding grand jury Indictment charged five additional suspects in one of the “nation’s largest fentanyl cases.” In 2016, authorities arrested a fentanyl dealer. Police later revealed that t he dealer was a well-known Alphabay vendor. The superseding indictment added ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, June 25, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: SegWit2x, a bitcoin scaling proposal, has been signaled by over 80% of the bitcoin network Back in May, the Digital Currency Group (DCG), one of the industry’s largest investment firms led by Barry Silbert, revealed a new bitcoin scaling proposal. Essentially, a group of 58 companies, representing 83.3 percent ... Read More »

18.6.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Update: One PlayPen Member May Only Serve Four Years We wrote about the prosecution’s request that former US Army combat engineer David Tippens serve four years in prison for possession of child pornography. Four years in prison for one of the men caught in Operation Pacifier seemed low at the time. But since the judge opted to render the FBI’s ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, June 18, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Bitmain announced a UASF contingency plan, the User Activated Hard Fork (UAHF) Bitcoin’s scaling debate is getting harder and harder to follow. A part of the Bitcoin community is to activate the BIP 148 User Activated Soft Fork (UASF) on August 1. The plan is to only accept blocks ... Read More »