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Four Arrested in Spain for Reselling MDMA and Viagra from the Dark Web

Law enforcement in Valencia, Spain, arrested four suspected drug dealers for allegedly conspiring to purchase MDMA, ketamine, Viagra, and other substances from vendors on dark web marketplaces and then selling the drugs throughout Valencia. According to a statement from authorities in Spain, the investigation began in 2018 after the police arrested an individual at a music festival for suspected drug ... Read More »

Wall Street Market exit scamming – Do not deposit

The Dread Forum, which is a popular reddit-like forum on the dark web, has just published an interesting thread that claims that the dark net market Wall Street Market is most likely exit scamming. The story began a few weeks ago, when the Dream Market, the oldest standing darknet marketplace, has announced that it is shutting down. Accordingly, the majority ... Read More »

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Bitcoin price weekly analysis – 21.4.2019

Even though last week’s trading sessions started by bitcoin price dropping down to record a week low of $4,977, it rose gradually later on to record a week high of $5,332 on Thursday. The market’s bulls managed to break through the resistance around $5,297, which corresponds to the 76.4% Fibonacci retracement. The new bullish wave which has been evident since ... Read More »

A 21-Year-Old Man Sentenced to Two Weeks in Juvenile Detention for Purchasing Amphetamine on the Darknet

A 21-year-old German man accused of using the darknet to acquire drugs for resale was sentenced to only two weeks in a youth detention center. The defendant who had been previously convicted of theft and destruction of property appeared before Judge Markus Nikol in the Ebersberg District Court and remained silent throughout the hearing. The sentence was issued based on ... Read More »

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A South African platform for combating cyber crime

Throughout the past few years, cyber crime has evolved to become one of the most disrupting and organized areas of crime. The rapid advancement of innovative technologies has presented novel, highly sophisticated cyber crime opportunities. Consequently, individuals, governments, and corporations find themselves having to deal with a myriad of cyber crime threats that can range from theft of personal data ... Read More »

DEA Continues Mass Surveillance of Americans Phone Call Records

According to a report recently released by the Office of Inspector General of the United States Department of Justice, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is continuing to operate its mass surveillance program which collects billions of call detail records of Americans and foreigners every day. The DEA’s mass surveillance program is known as the Hemisphere Project, but is ... Read More »

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Research: Forensic analysis of the Tor browser bundle

Internet browsers currently represent the most commonly used means for accessing the internet from any platform. Due to the recent large number of online incidents that involve the leakage of personal data, users have become highly aware of the threat imposed by adversaries who can breach their personal data, in addition to vulnerable applications that can compromise their privacy and ... Read More »

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Prosecution of darknet marketplaces – Evidence from US DOJ’s 2018 operation

Darknet marketplaces have been witnessing massive growth during the past few years, fueled by several dynamics including the popularization of internet access, the advent of cryptocurrencies, the emergence of a highly tech savvy generation, the advancement of security and encryption tools, and most importantly rising international demand for illegal drugs. Serious challenges are associated with uncovering darknet marketplaces, which lack ... Read More »

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Tightening the noose around Ukrainian dark web cyber criminals

A 26 year old female was arrested in Vinnytsia, a city in Ukraine 125 kilometers away from Kyiv, on March 14th for organizing a criminal scheme on the dark web. Oppositely to most cyber criminals, she was not offering illicit drugs, forged documents, counterfeited money, or hacking services for sale. Instead, her goods which were offered to the highest bidders ... Read More »

China Announces to Include Fentanyl and Its Analogues in the List of Controlled Substances

China, through a security agent, announced that it will increase the number of substances containing fentanyl in the lists of items it considers to be controlled narcotics. The Ministry of Public Security spearheaded this decision, along with the National Medical Products Administration and the National Health Commission, and it is set to begin as of May 1st this year. The ... Read More »

Karnataka Forest Department Takes up Measures to Curb Wildlife Cybercrime on the Darknet

The Karnataka Forest Department in India has set up measures to curb the illicit trade in wildlife on the dark web. Various stakeholders such as the TRAFFIC, WWF-India, the Police Radio Training School in Indore (PRTS), and the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) arranged training for all forest workers at the Kali Tiger Reserve in Karnataka. The program was set ... Read More »

Whitman Man Arrested for Being in Possession of THC-Infused Beverages

A 35-year-old male from Whitman, Washington, was arrested after being found in possession of more than 100 containers of drinks infused with marijuana Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Derek Sheehan would make the drinks and infuse them with marijuana THC obtained from the dark web. He would then store them in his house from where he would distribute them to customers as per ... Read More »

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Assessment of firearms’ trading on darknet marketplaces

The advent of the dark web has facilitated the illegal trading of small firearms as reported by the United Nations. A recently published research paper investigated the sales of weapons on a number of darknet marketplaces over a period of six months in order to identify the vendors of firearms, types of sold weapons, manufacturers of sold weapons, and the ... Read More »

Teenager Charged for Shipment and Distribution of Darknet Cannabis

A 19-year-old male from Wiltshire County, England, was arrested and charged on the grounds that he had imported illegal drugs through the dark web where he intended to sell them. Toby Fairall confessed to purchasing cannabis and that he planned on selling the cannabis for a profit. The drugs he bought were valued at £5,000. The teenager comes from Aldebury ... Read More »

Three Arrested for Selling MDMA and Ketamine on the Dark Web

Law enforcement in Massachusetts seized more than 24 pounds of drugs during the execution of two search warrants in connection with an investigation into a prolific dark web drug dealer. On March 27, both state and federal law enforcement officers executed search warrants at locations in Stoughton and Brockton. During the course of their searches, the police found a total ... Read More »