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German Authorities Arrested A Dark Web Vendor Group

German law enforcement identified and arrested three persons who allegedly sold narcotics on the dark web. According to the investigators, one of them acted with biological weapons and chemical substances. Recently, after a thorough and complex investigation, Cologne authorities identified and arrested three individuals who were suspected of selling drugs on the dark web. The Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, September 17, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: BTC-e’s new exchange platform is up and running: it’s called WEX BTC-e, one of the oldest Bitcoin exchanges, had been taken down following the arrest of a Russian national in Greece. At the time, the man was believed to be an admin at the exchange, but soon a Bitcointalk ... Read More »

Mirai Malware Mastermind Extradited To The United Kingdom

A hacker, who used the Mirai botnet to conduct attacks on UK banks, was extradited from Germany to the United Kingdom. Daniel Kaye, 29, of Surrey, England, was recently extradited from Germany to the United Kingdom. The 29-year-old could face serious charges including launching cyber attacks against two of the UK’s biggest financial institutions. On August 30, Britain’s National Crime ... Read More »

Sweden May Introduce VPN Surveillance and More Data Retention Requirements

According to documents obtained by Swedish internet service provider Banhof, the Swedish government appears to be interested in increasing the country’s data retention requirements, and may even be interested in starting surveillance of virtual private networks (VPNs) and other anonymization services. Data retention requirements in Sweden first took effect in 2010. Privacy advocates such as Rick Falkvinge, the founder of ... Read More »

Researchers Discover Disabling of Intel ME Backdoor Through NSA Hardware Requirement

Researchers from the cybersecurity company known as Positive Technologies have discovered a way to disable the embedded Management Engine (ME) controller chip of Intel processors. It is also known as a coprocessor. The ME chip allows for remote management of a computer and has long been considered a backdoor. In the past, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has called the ... Read More »

German Law Enforcement to Trial Run a “Cyber-Armed Forces” Center

The State Criminal Police Office in Stuttgart and the Ministry of the Interior, in collaboration with numerous private industry organizations, announced plans for a new law enforcement branch known as the “Cyber-Armed Forces Coordination Center.” Depending on how the pilot program plays out, the Cyber-Armed Forces may set the standard for cyber defense in Germany, Minister of the Interior Thomas ... Read More »

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Man Used a Printer and Stolen Identities to Commit $60,000 Wire Transfer Fraud

In Gelsenkirchen, a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, a 40-year-old stood before a judge at the District Court of Essen for “large-scale” bank fraud. According to the public prosecutor, he defrauded thousands of unsuspecting German citizens. The investigation, though, focused mainly on Bavarian victims as they lost their sensitive information the most frequently. This form of fraud, the prosecution alleged, ... Read More »

Carinthian Counterfeit Vendor Sentenced to Three Years in Prison

In Carinthia, a 34-year-old received three years imprisonment for producing and selling counterfeit Euros on the darknet. In total, according to the Public Prosecutor, the Carinthian created more than 6,000 50-euro bills. The man had offered a fake driver’s license on the darknet and had several weapons in his home. The defendant had ordered many of the supplies in 2016. ... Read More »

Connecticut Medical Examiner Expects 1,000 Fatal Overdoses by 2018

In Connecticut, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner announced that by the end of 2017, more than 1,000 people will have died due to drug overdose. In the August 28 press release, Chief Medical Examiner Dr. James Gill revealed his predictions for the remainder of the year, along with statistics on the state’s “opioid crisis.” On August 30, Dr. ... Read More »

Czechs Turning to Tor as Privacy Concerns Increase

According to the Czech News Agency (ČTK), citing Pravo, the number of Czechs using Tor for access to the darknet is steadily increasing. They are not using it for “drugs, arms, or child porn,” for the most part, Pravo published in a late August edition. Czechs are using Tor out of a growing concern for their privacy and internet footprints. ... Read More »

Darknet Gun Vendor Apologizes for the Munich Massacre

The darknet gun vendor who sold a weapon to the Munich gunman, one year after the massacre, confessed. Philipp K., the vendor, admitted to selling David Sonboly a Glock 17 and ammunition. He said, in his opening statement, that had he known David Sonboly truly planned “such an atrocious act,” he would not have sold him the gun. Philipp faces ... Read More »

Elysium Member’s “Treatment” Let Him Walk on Child Abuse Charges

At the Innsbruck County Courthouse in 2003, a pedophile received a two year prison sentence for child abuse and possession of child abuse material. He appealed the sentence immediately afterwards, but according to kurier.at, the actual appeal did nothing. The time he bought did everything. He advised sitting any time behind bars as a man in treatment and recovery. This ... Read More »

Macedonian Citizen Admits Ownership of Carding Marketplace “Codeshop”

On Friday, August 25, a Macedonian citizen pleaded guilty to operating an online store front for stolen credit cards, debit cards, and identification documents. Djevair Ametovski, the 30-year-old defendant, operated “Codeshop.su” between 2011 and 2014. In 2014, Slovenian law enforcement arrested a co-conspirator with personal knowledge of the site’s owner. The co-conspirator gave agents everything they needed to catch Ametovski. ... Read More »

Austrian Addict Ordered Drugs During Therapy

An Austrian man, who was previously sentenced to drug treatment, ordered narcotics from the dark web during his therapy. As the customs authorities discovered that the packages contained drugs, they stopped them at the border offices. Law enforcement reported that the parcels contained heroin and amphetamine. Since the suspect violated the conditions imposed by the court, he was sentenced to ... Read More »