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Monero Considers Implementing zk-STARKs

Monero is one of the most privacy-centric cryptocurrency currently being used, and its developers are continually researching ways to make the cryptocurrency even more private and secure. Originally launched in April 2014 as BitMonero, the project quickly shortened the name simply to Monero, which means Coin in Esperanto. Monero is based on the CryptoNote protocol and uses ring signatures for ... Read More »

Early Fraud Detection System Unveiled By MasterCard

  With the world continuing to experience great change, leading to many developments in the electronic and IT sectors, the familiar situation thus theft and hacking continue to increase. According to research, hacking is rising exponentially and this always gives the cause for worry about hackers gaining access to your credit cards and making a grab for your money. This ... Read More »

Custom Share Plans To Thwart Darknet Drugs and Cyber Crime

Drug trafficking is very common in Guam, and they all pass through the hands of special customs before reaching their respective destinations; the kind courtesy of the Darknet marketplace. The Darknet has been a thorn in the flesh of many countries, and the ever-changing ideas of its users make it difficult for the effort of authorities to come to light. ... Read More »

Spanish Cops Arrests Major Dark Web Arms Dealer

An unnamed 24-year-old man has been arrested in Spain for dealing in arms from the dark web. His arrest came as a result of a combined operation by police forces across Europe in on-going efforts to shut down Dark Web weapons business. According to reports, the unnamed man used the now-defunct dark web marketplace, AlphaBay to send dozens of guns ... Read More »

Teenage Submachine Gun Buyer Hit with a Terrorism Charge

On September 26, at Coleraine Youth Court, a teenage defendant who had purchased a submachine-gun on the darknet received a new charge relating to a document that had been on his computer at the time of his arrest. In April, the prosecutor explained, the boy—a 14-year-old at the time—had downloaded a manual on producing erythritol tetranitrate. And in combination with ... Read More »

Denmark Man Convicted Only of Viewing Child Porn

Days after a 33-year-old Danish man received a two year sentence for his role as a co-admin of the darknet child pornography forum “The Love Zone,” a Denmark court sentenced another man for similar crimes. This time, the defendant was an even younger man; court records revealed that he was only 22-years-old. The 22-year-old defendant had used a child pornography ... Read More »

Man’s Remorse Kept Him Out of Jail on Child Porn Charges

A Kempshott man’s remorse, cooperation with police, and confessions, helped him avoid a prison sentence for sharing child pornography on the darknet. The Winchester Crown Court, on Thursday 14, heard how 27-year-old Nicolas James Bone visited sites on the darknet to download almost 60 illegal pictures and videos. For effectively two reasons, Bone’s case vividly contrasts a recent case of ... Read More »

8-10-17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Club Promoter Sold Pounds Of Drugs At Events He Had Organized A 40-year-old man from Atlanta, GA, organized concerts and events at nightclubs throughout the Southeast United States as an event organizer. He owned the club promotion company “Freakstep Promotions.” According to U.S. District Court Judge Madeline Haikala, the defendant also used his company as a drug distribution network. He ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, October 8, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Bitcoin.org states it’ll denounce SegWit2x supporting companies This week, Bitcoin.org published a blog post in which it states that it will publicly denounce via a banner on their website companies that support the SegWit2x hard fork, and that are going to default to the Segwit2x (S2X) chain, putting users ... Read More »

Student Caught with 360 Grams of Weed from the Darknet

Police investigators in Augsburg reported a milestone in an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking in the region. The investigation, according to Friedberg police, began in early 2017, but the dealer(s) had been selling drugs far before the start of the investigation. In what appeared to have been the first arrest in the “complex” case, Friedberg police arrested a 16-year-old school ... Read More »

Co-Admin of “The Love Zone” Sentenced to Two Years

Shortly after the conviction of one co-admin of the former darknet child pornography forum known as “The Love Zone,” Danish police arrested a 33-year-old Bornholm man for the same crime. The man, now 34-years-old, received a two year sentence for his critical role in distributing a massive quantity of pictures and videos depicting various forms of child abuse. In October ... Read More »

UK Dark Web Drugs Pair Jailed

  Two drug dealers in the UK who bought and sold synthetic opioid fentanyl via dark web marketplaces have been handed a jail sentence adding up to 16 years. Ross Brennan and Aaron Gledhill who happen to be university friends, are believed to have accumulated over hundreds of pounds of drugs after mixing the powerful heroin substitute with other drugs. ... Read More »

Credit Agency Uses Darknet to Scare Customers into Buying Services

One of the world’s biggest consumer credit reporting agencies is trying to use consumers fear of the darknet to try and sell an identity theft protection product. Experian, known as one of the “big three” consumer credit reporting agencies alongside TransUnion and Equifax, is pushing its IdentityWorks Premium program as a way to protect consumers identity from nefarious users who ... Read More »

Adblocker Extension for Chrome Hid Monero Miner

An adblock extension for Google Chrome was discovered to contain a JavaScript Monero miner within it. The Chrome extension, known as SafeBrowse, was meant to help users block advertising scripts which force users to wait and look at, or click on, an advertisement before proceeding to a page. These advertisements are often hosted by Adfly or Linkbucks. SafeBrowse has become ... Read More »

Spain Censoring the Internet, Cracking Down on Free Speech

The government of Spain has begun to crack down on freedom of speech and expression online. The crackdown stems from a referendum to be voted on in October where the people of Catalonia will determine if they want Catalonia to become an independent republic and separate from Spain. Days after a Spanish court ordered all domains associated with the Catalan ... Read More »