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Latvian Arrested for Ordering Darknet Packages of Drug from Netherlands on ‘Dream market’

A Latvian teenage citizen was arrested and detained by the Border and Customs Police of the States Revenue Authority for allegedly ordering and receiving illegal drug packages procured off the dark web. The illicit packages are believed to have been shipped from the Netherlands and Holland after having been paid for with virtual currencies and delivered through postal services to ... Read More »

Dubai Interpol Summit Major in Darknet Cybercrime Threat Posed.

The topic of the dark web and related crimes was among the issues discussed during the Interpol general meeting which was held in Dubai for the first time. The issue was brought to the table for discussion by the general secretary of organization, Jürgen Stock, who is also a German law enforcement officer. Interpol has been spearheading the fight against ... Read More »

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Research: Using Darknet Forums by Black Hat Hackers During Crisis Periods (Darknet Marketplace Shutdown)

Darknet marketplaces are growing at a rather rapid rate. These marketplaces are not only markets for illegal and illicit drugs, but they are also places where hackers are selling various hacking tools and offering hacking as a service (HaaS) for anyone who can pay the predetermined price in cryptocurrency. The black hat hacker market evolved from being merely a playground ... Read More »

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Research: How ransomware and hacking services are sold on darknet marketplaces

Black hat hackers, and cyber-criminals are far more sagacious than most of us think. They are no longer script kiddies who are showing off their hacking skills to impress their social circles, but highly professional businessmen who are working meticulously hard to benefit from their exploitative attacks. Research studies have been done on how cyber-criminals market their skills and sell ... Read More »

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Research: Multi-homing vendors and loyal buyers on darknet marketplaces

The past few years have witnessed increased popularity of darknet marketplaces which orchestrate trading of illicit products on the deep web. The darknet marketplace ecosystem is evolving despite government shutdowns and takedown operations. International law enforcement agencies call for a better understanding of these novel illicit trading platforms. Buyers seem to shift to surviving marketplaces when one marketplace is taken ... Read More »

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The rise of Fentanyl in the US and EU darknet marketplaces

Fentanyl is a “Schedule I” drug and one of the widely used synthetic opioids in medicine. In the United States, illegally produced fentanyl, as well as its analogues, New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), which are newly available drugs whose chemical structure is being modified to skirt around law enforcement agents (LEAs). They are used by traffickers to adulterate namely heroin, and ... Read More »

Mississippi Man Admits Importing Synthetic Cannabinoids to Resell Locally

A Mississippi man pleaded guilty on October 17 to importing the synthetic cannabinoid AB-PINACA and possessing firearms in furtherance of a felony drug trafficking crime, according an announcement from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern Mississippi region. The man had been ordering cannabinoids from a supplier on the internet, preparing them for distribution, and then selling them out ... Read More »

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Medical big data is offered for sale on the darknet

Recently, the concept of the so-called Big Data has become more and more popular, which in the simplest way can be defined as data characterized by extensive volume, diversity and variability. Their analysis goes far beyond simple operations on one given type of information and includes aspects of data analysis, such as the generation of hypotheses, and not simply testing ... Read More »

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Research: How third party intermediation takes place in darknet drug marketplace sales?

Silk Road, as well as its successor cryptomarkets, serve as two sided platforms or marketplaces that function as intermediaries for sales transactions taking place between vendors and buyers. To build trust as an intermediary in exchanges between vendors and buyers trading illicit drugs, darknet marketplaces rely on several strategies including escrow, buyers/vendors ratings, and forums that enable both buyers and ... Read More »

Trends of malware and digital products sales on darknet marketplaces

There is a growing number of research studies examining the operations of various darknet markets, or cryptomarkets, with special emphasis on illicit drug trading, which represents the majority of product lists on most of these darknet marketplaces. A recently published paper analyzed these markets with a focus on trading malware, forged documents, stolen credentials, and “crime-as-a-service” type of products. We ... Read More »

Student Bought Pistol Plus Ammunition Via Darknet

The glimpse of weapon brandishing and pro-ammunition laws in one country can delude the youth to think that it is the new world-order. For Assan Hussain, a 23 year Wolverhampton University undergraduate, he was apprehended and sentenced to serve jail time for trying to acquire ammunition from the dark web. The photos presented in the court revealed Assan and some ... Read More »

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Research: How Entrepreneurs React to Negative Feedback on Darknet Marketplaces?

Reputation represents one of the most pivotal assets of an online entrepreneur in marketplaces, particularly within a setting like that of the Darknet’s anonymous marketplaces. However, what would happen whenever this asset is undermined by a shock, i.e. bad reviews, or negative feedback? A recently published paper studied how entrepreneurs on Darknet’s marketplaces react to negative feedback. We will take ... Read More »

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Research: Using BlockTag to monitor sales on darknet marketplaces

Anonymity networks and various forms of darknets, especially those accessible via Tor, along with cryptocurrencies, especially Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Monero, have provided a highly safe and secure ecosystem for trading recreational drugs. Even though this represents a serious challenge when it comes to tracking and monitoring, researchers have proven that these ecosystems are not totally hidden, but rather anonymized or ... Read More »

Ring of Fraudsters that Used Darknet Sourced Information Busted

As more cybercriminals in India turn to the dark web to acquire tools and necessary information to carry out their crimes, the cyber police of Madhya Pradesh busted a ring of fraudsters that sourced information from the darknet and used it to hack into bank accounts of their victims. The five fraudsters were arrested after police launched an investigation into ... Read More »

Another German Darknet Heroin Dealer on Trial

The criminal trial against the 35-year old Paul T (not his real name) for alleged heroin and cocaine distribution through the dark web is currently in session in Germany. A cyber-cop from the Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) or The Federal Criminal Police Office of Germany has been the main figure, a key player in this sting operation which happened nearly a year ... Read More »