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Online credentials seriously breached: says Swiss agency

The Reporting and Analysis Centre for Information Assurance (MELANI) which was commissioned by the Federal Council to protect critical infrastructure in Switzerland on Tuesday stated that a classified source had passed on copies of stolen data to the cybercrime center. This was reported after news from Switzerland’s cybercrime monitoring center announced that about 21,000 personal details and passwords used in ... Read More »

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Hackers Steal Cellular Accounts to Break 2FA Protected Online Bitcoin Wallets

All of the major cellular service providers have been seeing an increase of attacks on customer accounts. Hackers are stealing cell phone numbers from users of Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint through social engineering techniques. Once the attackers have control of a phone number they can use it to reset passwords for services like Google and social media sites. The ... Read More »

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59 US Defense Agencies Have Stolen Data Online, Study Shows

Owl Cybersecurity, the company with “the world’s largest commercially available database of DARKINT,” recently published the results of a study on government’s exposure on the darknet. In 90 days, the cybersecurity firm found stolen data from almost 60 government agencies. To the surprise of many, United States defense agencies fared worse than most non-defense agencies. The study showed that the ... Read More »

More Legally Obtained Voter Records for Sale Online

A director of threat research at a cybersecurity firm spoke to Dark Reading about an entity on the RaidForums selling voter records. This is not a new occurrence or even a particularly surprising one, despite the notion that vendors only sell such information on darknet marketplaces or forums. (The RaidForums website is completely accessible on the clearnet. The threat researcher, ... Read More »

Israel Approves Web Censorship Law to Tackle Illegal Activities Online

  Hard Luck to Israel Darknet users following the recent announcement of the government to block all activities deemed illegal on the internet including the Darknet marketplaces. The court has approved web censorship laws to fight against all these activities. The effort is to fight against online prostitution service, illegal gambling, terror group websites and other drugs and illicit related ... Read More »

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Russian Police Raid Two Dealers and an Online Drug Network

  Several days ago, we published a piece on darknet—and clearnet—drug trafficking in Russia. That week, Russian law enforcement had busted suppliers, vendors, and drug resellers. Not even a full week had passed before Russian police started catching more drug criminals with connections to the internet. Cannabinoid & a-PVP Dealer In the Udmurt Republic, Russian law enforcement intercepted a 22-year-old ... Read More »

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EU IRU Finishes Fifth Online Extremist Content Operation

Europol and Interpol, during an operation that lasted less than a week, “assessed” 1,628 files “of terrorist, violent and extremist content” from the internet—both on the darknet and clearnet. The majority of the material, Europol said, came from 38 different online platforms. The decision to remove the content, following discovery by Europol’s internet detectives, was ultimately in the hands of ... Read More »

Comparing the Security of Bitcoin to That of Common Online Payment Systems

Today’s technology offers us numerous online payment systems which enable us to easily execute financial transactions from almost any spot on the globe, in real time, using any device with internet access. Nevertheless, on the world wide web, there are multiple threat agents, malicious activities, and vulnerabilities, as well as the existence of security exploits; all of which are revealed ... Read More »

Online Weapon Sales Reach “Concerning” Levels in Belgium

Authorities in Belgium have grown increasingly concerned about firearm importation. Specifically concerned about weapons entering the country through the postal service and illegal online trade. This elevated concern follows the Flemish Peace Institute’s recent study on illegal firearm trade in Belgium. One news site reported that the general concern started after an event in 2016. They referred to the case ... Read More »

Russia Investigates an Online Drug Trafficking Ring

Russian Authorities arrested four suspects in an investigation into a large scale drug trafficking network that operated from Ussuriysk, Primorsky Krai, Russia. The Drug Control Department of the Ministry of the Interior confirmed that the suspects were in custody and had been charged on June 5. During the investigation, undercover officers bought from one of the main suspects—a 42-year-old in ... Read More »

Brave: Changing the Online Advertisement Industry

The world of online advertisement is a messy one. Between fraudulent and intrusive ads, ad blockers, adblocker-blockers, etc., it’s pretty hard to understand what exactly is going on, or what needs fixing. One thing has always been clear though, that the end user is getting the worst part of it all. Often times, users are either forced to deal with ... Read More »

Can the blockchain technology disrupt the online gaming sector?

Apart from what one might think, the link between online gaming and cryptocurrency, particularly bitcoin, has existed since the early days, when bitcoin was worth no more than $10. I remember in 2012, buying bitcoin via Linden Dollars (L$), which was a virtual currency of an online MMORPG, or a virtual world as described by its creators, known as “Second ... Read More »

Steroid Trafficker Sentenced for Online Distribution Ring

According to Acting United States Attorney Tom Larson of the Western District of Missouri, the second defendant of a four person online steroid smuggling ring received a sentence in a federal court. The defendant, Aaron Vincent Schweidler, a 32-year-old from Smithfield, NC, ran a $2.25 million anabolic steroid “over the internet” conspiracy. U.S. Chief District Judge Greg Kays sentenced him ... Read More »