31.10.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

31.10.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

“No Logs” VPN Provider Shared Logs with FBI Court documents from a recent cyberstalking case revealed that a VPN service with “unparalleled privacy” had actually maintained logs that identified a subscriber. The affidavit detailed how the suspect had used PureVPN and Tor to obscure internet traffic when spamming or harassing his target. According to an FBI agent, 24-year-old Ryan Lin had successfully used this tactic for months and eventually left local police in the dark….

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Cooperation an Essential Factor Needed To Secure IoT Says Europol

Cooperation an Essential Factor Needed To Secure IoT Says Europol

The embracing of the Internet of Things (IoT) has led to the creation of new legal, policy and regulatory challenges which has a broader and complex scope. Europol announced on October 19th that these challenges can be tackled when there is the existence of cooperation between different sectors as well as different stakeholders. This remark came after a two-day joint Europol conference with ENISA, the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security which had…

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Two Chinese Nationals Charged in Darknet Fentanyl Case

Two Chinese Nationals Charged in Darknet Fentanyl Case

Two Chinese nationals have been indicted in an international drug trafficking investigation. The two Chinese men who were indicted include 38 year old Jian Zhang and 40 year old Xiaobing Yan. Both men were indicted on charges of trafficking fentanyl into the United States. Law enforcement claims that the two men had made transactions on the darknet to American and Canadian customers. Law enforcement claims the men operated four illegal chemistry laboratories in China, and…

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Russian Government Fines Telegram for Not Providing A Backdoor

Russian Government Fines Telegram for Not Providing A Backdoor

The Russian government has fined Telegram 800,000 Rubles, which is approximately 14,000 US Dollars. The Meshchansky District Court in Moscow had levied the fine after Telegram failed to comply with an official request from the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation, better known as the FSB, to be given access to the decrypted content of encrypted Telegram chats. The FSB is the successor to the Soviet Union’s KGB. The FSB had sent their request…

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Supreme Court to Decide if US Companies Must Turn Over Data on Foreign Servers

Supreme Court to Decide if US Companies Must Turn Over Data on Foreign Servers

  The Supreme Court of the United States has decided to hear a case in which Microsoft is challenging the government’s right to obtain data from foreign servers with a valid warrant issued by a court in the United States. The high court’s decision in the case, popularly known as Microsoft v. United States, but formally titled, “In the Matter of a Warrant to Search a Certain E‐Mail Account Controlled and Maintained by Microsoft Corporation,”…

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Bitcoin News Roundup 29.10.17

Bitcoin News Roundup 29.10.17

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Bitcoin Gold’s website hit with a DDoS attack after it separated from the Bitcoin blockchain This week, another hard fork created Bitcoin Gold (BTG) a new cryptocurrency that aims to solve Bitcoin’s mining problems by creating an ASIC-resilient mining ecosystem, where the gap between GPU/CPU and ASIC mining is smaller. As some pointed out, things similar to what BTG brings to the table have…

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Starting Your Black-Market Business in The Digital Era

Starting Your Black-Market Business in The Digital Era

In this day and age, businesses have leveraged the power of the internet to expand their businesses significantly. With corporate giants such as Amazon and eBay, there is no question to whether it works – it’s 2017, and nearly everybody owns at least a smartphone and a computer. But it’s not only your conventional businesses that have leveraged the insane power of the internet. Such opportunity has arisen for drug dealers and black-market dealers to…

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19-Year-Old from UK Jailed for 32 Months after ordering £1000 worth of drugs from the Darknet

19-Year-Old from UK Jailed for 32 Months after ordering £1000 worth of drugs from the Darknet

With hard to trace cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and browsers such as Tor, it becomes easy for people to get their hands into a range of different drugs that can be ordered straight to that person’s home address. Teenage Darknet User and Dealer, Thomas Allen, sold class A drugs in a small Yorkshire Village in the UK. Police found illegal crystalline Ecstasy of high purity in a caravan that was in the garden of Thomas…

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Man Abused His Stepdaughter, Shared Pictures on Darknet Forums

Man Abused His Stepdaughter, Shared Pictures on Darknet Forums

In Traunstein, Germany, a judge at the Traunstein District Court sentenced a 28-year-old man for child abuse and spreading pictures and videos of the abuse on the darknet. Judge Klaus Weidmann found the defendant guilty of 29 counts of the sexual abuse of children, possession of child pornography, and production of child pornography. The judge ordered a prison sentence of seven years and nine months. In addition, the defendant must pay the victim, his stepdaughter,…

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Man Pleads Guilty to Importing Drugs through Darkweb

Man Pleads Guilty to Importing Drugs through Darkweb

43-year-old Viliam ‘Bill’ Petkovski, an active user of the old Silk Road market faced the Geelong County Court on Monday. He pleaded guilty to importing dangerous drugs through the Darknet market to Geelong. Petkovski had been a familiar suspect of the Darknet drug trade until his arrest, and it was revealed that he used the old Silk Road market to purchase a large quantity of MDMA and methylamphetamine. According to the court, drugs were being…

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