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Darknet Gun Seller Sentenced to Five Months in Austria

Towards the end of October, Spain’s Guardia Civil department arrested a former Alphabay firearm vendor. With cooperation from Europol, international law enforcement agencies also arrested six of the vendor’s customers. The investigation led to the discovery that the 24-year-old vendor had shipped weapons to at least 30 customers in 11 countries. Several days after the announcement, a Salzburg judge convicted ... Read More »

Drug Task Force Sees Counterfeit Oxy Influx in Central Oregon

According to Lieutenant Nick Parker of the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement task force, the so-called “Central Oregon opioid epidemic” has expanded to include darknet drugs. Darknet drugs, the Lieutenant explained, encompassed an entire category or counterfeit or “mismatched” pills. The influx of counterfeit pills did not begin with the darknet, but Parker implied the issue had taken off during the ... Read More »

Bitcoin News Roundup 5.11.17

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments. New developments: CME Group, the world’s largest derivatives exchange, aims to launch Bitcoin futures This week, the CME Group, the world’s largest derivatives exchange, announced that it plans on launching Bitcoin futures during the fourth quarter of 2017. According to an announcement on the group’s website, the futures will be cash-settled ... 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 »

Russian Dark Web Marketplace Selling RDP Servers for as little as $15

Flashpoint, a research security firm has uncovered that hackers have compromised over 35,000 remote desktop protocols (RDP), and are using them as a way of anonymizing cyber-attacks including direct access to victim’s network. In an analysis published on the 24th of October, Flashpoint stated that over 35,000 servers that host remote desktops for various companies have been compromised by a ... Read More »

Three German Darknet Dealers Sentenced to Probation

On October 18, a Saarland court passed down unusually mild sentences to three so-called “darknet dealers.” The men had distributed mushrooms, LSD, heroin, and amphetamine for several months before their arrest, the police said. After authorities intercepted packages addressed to one of the three dealers, they raided the suspect’s apartment and struck gold: the feathers had maintained whiteboards with active ... Read More »

DDoS Attack Explained

DDoS means Distributed Denial of Service and it occurs when an attacker overwhelms a target, that is generally a server, with a load of traffic that the target cannot manage. DDoS is a special kind of DoS, Denial of Service attack, and it is important to notice the difference between them. A Dos, in fact, involves a single machine trying ... Read More »

Malware Analysis Tools Explained

When it comes to malware infections, you can never get comfortable with your own system and paranoia is your best friend, as we can observe in the second episode of the third season of Mr Robot, when Elliot uses rkhunter to control if a malware has been installed on his computer. In this article we’ll see that is possible to ... Read More »

Employee of Coin.Mx Operator Gets 16 Months Sentence

A Ukrainian software engineer from Florida received a 16 months prison sentence for his role in creating a Bitcoin scam, using an illegal Bitcoin exchange, Coin.mx, to launder money for a global hacking network which targeted financial and publishing firms. US District Judge Alison Nathan on Friday, sentenced the accused, Yuri Lebedev after he was convicted earlier this year by ... Read More »

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Dispatch from Academia: Exit scams, hacking, violence, predation and fraud

Rasmus is a PhD student at the School of Criminology at University of Montréal. He has studied DNM’s since early 2014 and has, among other things, researched the politics of DNM’s, the demand DNM’s satisfy, how DNM’s affect global drug trafficking and much more. Currently his PHD research centers around trust and transactions on DNM’s, and he works with leading ... Read More »

US Attorney General Says Use of Bitcoin on the Darknet is a Big Problem

During a recent Department of Justice oversight hearing before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified about the concerns federal law enforcement have about the use of cryptocurrency on the darknet. The Attorney General’s remarks on the darknet were in response to a question from Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California. Senator Feinstein’s question ... Read More »

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Vendor Admits Selling 1,100 Grams of Heroin on Alphabay

On December 15, 2016, federal grand jury in Fresno, California, returned an indictment against an Alphabay vendor for fentanyl, heroin, and methamphetamine distribution. The vendor, Emil Vladimirov Babadjov, 32, had appeared in court the day before the indictment. The police picked him up following a criminal complaint that accused him of being the Alphabay vendor “Blime-Sub” and “BTH-Overdose.” Roughly 10 ... Read More »

Two Inmates Controlled Canadian Fentanyl Trade from Prison

On July 27, 2015, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of North Dakota announced the details of a fentanyl operation dubbed “Operation Denial.” The fentanyl overdoses of North Dakota teenagers pushed the operation into existence. The investigation first crossed North Dakota to Oregon. From Oregon, investigators traced fentanyl sources across international borders. Since 2015, the Department of Justice indicted ... Read More »