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TheOtherPlace Child Porn Chat Room Admins Jailed

Two British men in their 50s were sentenced to prison for setting up and running a chat room on the dark web where users shared indecent images of children. David Buckley, 54, of Goole, East Yorkshire, the United Kingdom and Brett McBain, 51, of Balham, south London, the United Kingdom, were sentenced to prison for setting up a chat room ... Read More »

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New Zealander Imported Drugs, Tried To Produce Meth, Sentenced To Jail

A man from New Zealand was sentenced to prison for purchasing drugs from overseas countries and for ordering substances used for the production of crystal methamphetamine. He allegedly conducted all deals on the dark web. Leigh James Thomas, 30, of Himatangi Beach, New Zealand was sentenced to prison importing methamphetamine, cocaine, ecstasy along with substances and equipment used to make ... Read More »

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Specialist Claims Successful Coin Mining Days are Gone

  At the Research and Applied AI Summit in London, the director of technology at Darktrace spoke of a bank server that a European crime syndicate hijacked to mine Bitcoin. The incident contrasted the machine learning company’s findings for recent Bitcoin mining—he explained that the era of secretive Bitcoin mining had passed. Professional enterprises with dedicated servers dominated the sector ... Read More »

Major Darknet Host Hacked, Data Exfiltrated

  Deep Hosting, a major darknet host on the Tor network, was hacked recently and data from some of the hidden sites and linked databases hosted on the server were exfiltrated. A hacker named Dhostpwned was able to take over the Deep Hosting servers by using a PHP shell and a Perl shell. The hacker registered for a shared hosting ... Read More »

South Africa credit card details found for sale on Darknet

  Credit card fraud and personal data leaks are happening often on the Darknet marketplace recently. Ranging from the Well to do members of the society, to the least of status in the country, all have their share of credit card fraud on the Darknet. A recent report reaching us is that a bundle of credit card details of some ... 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 »

Hackers Demand Over $250,000 for Ransomware Decryption Keys

Hackers Demand Over $250,000 for Ransomware Decryption Keys The alleged authors of the NotPetya ransomware, which swept through Ukraine locking the systems of governments, financial institutes and businesses, demanded a payment of 100 BTC, which was over $250,000 at the time, for the private keys. Earlier this week, Motherboard reported that cyber security researchers detected movement around the BTC wallet ... 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 »

Dealers in India Busted, Resold Drugs from US Vendor

On July 2, Hyderabad police arrested three men for LSD and MDMA importation and distribution. The men ordered the drugs from a darknet supplier in Chicago and then distributed them amongst dozens of dealers. The dealers, in turn, spread the drugs throughout Hyderabad and Secunderabad where college students and members of the film industry. Police arrested Calvin Mascarenhas, Abdul Wahed, ... Read More »

Man Sentenced To 10 Years after 2016 Darknet Bust

In 2016, Benjamin Bricker was arrested for distributing cocaine purchased from the Darknet. The 26-year-old man pleaded guilty to the criminal counts and has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Bricker was accused of being in possession of cocaine valued at 4 to 200 grams. According to the law, the punishment for this type of crime is a sentence ... 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 »

Finland’s Biggest Ex-Vendor Sentenced to Prison

Throughout 2016, Finnish Customs investigated a major drug distributor. They intercepted packages of outgoing mail and cars of incoming drugs. By the end of the year, Customs narrowed the suspect list down to three names. Officers arrested the correct suspect; the darknet marketplace vendor was the largest in the region at the time—his name was Douppikauppa. Douppikauppa, in July 2017, ... Read More »