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14.11.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Operation CROZET Nets Two International Drug Traffickers A nine-month investigation into two international drug dealers by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Australian Border Force (ABF) reached a tipping point this month, according to a press release from the AFP. A 27-year-old Merna man his 26-year-old partner from Kew had allegedly imported hundreds of kilograms of various drugs into the ... Read More »

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7.11.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Dream Vendor “CzechoSlovakFarm” Busted in Slovakia According to an official update posted on Facebook by Slovak law enforcement, police in the Trenčín Region of northwestern Slovakia had apprehended a 24-year-old darknet marijuana vendor named Juraj. The police’s statement alleged that Juraj had grown marijuana in his Northwest Trenčín family home from September 2016 until his late 2017 arrest. He had ... Read More »

New Connecticut Task Force Targets Cybercrime

As technology continues to advance, so does cybercrime. It is spreading its wings to new sectors as well as enforcing its presence in the daily activities of human beings. Crimes ranging from Phishing schemes, identity theft, drug distribution rings, ransomware and malware attacks, security hack and breaches, are visible more now than ever and Connecticut are beginning to experience such ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

23-10-17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

In early October, a three-judge panel in Greece approved the United States extradition request for Alexander Vinnik, a suspected operator of the BTC-e bitcoin exchange. The United States accused Vinnik of orchestrating a $4bn bitcoin laundering operation, along with several related charges in a 21-count indictment. Vinnik, a Russian national, opposed his extradition to the United States. He appealed to ... Read More »

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18-10-17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

TradeRoute Went Down Following a Major Security Leak The massive DDoS attack that rendered many of the darknet markets inaccessible also provided ample cover for a market to exit scam. Although Wall Street Market, Dream, RsClub, and T•chka Free Market may return (to stability), TradeRoute will not be making a reappearance. DeepDotWeb, prior to the moment a TradeRoute staff member ... Read More »

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German States Prepare Upgraded Cybercrime Infrastructure

Germany’s Federal Office for Online Security (BSI) revealed the signing of a new agreement with the Rhineland-Palatinate Secretary of State that creates the framework for tighter cybersecurity cooperation between agencies. The relationship, they hope, will be the first steps towards a fully functioning state cyber security infrastructure. The agreement, signed in late September but only recently announced, is currently only ... Read More »

UK Firm Unites With Interpol to Fight Cybercrime

  BT, UK’s biggest telecoms provider on the 4th of October announced that it had taken a step forward in combating cyber-crime by becoming partners with international police organization Interpol, in a data exchange agreement to fight cyber-crime. This makes BT the first telecommunications provider to sign an exchange data agreement with Interpol to combat global cyber-crime by providing current ... 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 »

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04-10-17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

  DEA Arrests French Dream Vendor “OxyMonster” This week’s high profile darknet market arrest landed in the United States for a competition beard event. The suspect, Gal Vallerius, boasted that his beard ranked “World Beard #8.” Vallerius, a Dream moderator and widely disliked darknet drug dealer, had travelled to the United States to crush the souls of other bearded competitors ... Read More »

25.09.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Russian Authorities Announced RAMP Takedown The Russian Anonymous Marketplace (RAMP), after the Alphabay and Hansa takedown, effectively tied with Dream market for market share and popularity. Many English speaking market users had never heard of the site, given that it was primarily for Russia, Ukraine, and other nearby countries. Most sales were dead drops. Very little shipping ever occurred. But, ... Read More »

19.9.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Bitcoin Vanished During Dream Marketplace Crash According to an announcement on the darknet market’s forums and the Dream subreddit, one of the market’s hard drives crashed, corrupting a Bitcoin wallet file. The corrupted hard drive and wallet.dat impacted not only Dream’s online/offline status, but also user Bitcoin wallets and transaction history. At some point during the ordeal, Dream staff posted ... Read More »

9.9.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Alphabay Fentanyl Vendor “NarcoBoss” Connected to Three More Overdoses Federal agencies arrested Henry Koffie, a Pennsylvania Alphabay vendor known as NarcoBoss and DNMkingpin on July 5 for drug trafficking charges and charges associated with distributing a controlled substance resulting in death. The victim died of a fentanyl, Xanax, and etizolam cocktail. After Koffie’s arrest, the Office of Attorney’s announced that ... Read More »

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3.9.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Alphabay Vendor “PeterTheGreat” [Faced] a Judge in August [and Pleaded Guilty] One out of two defendants behind the Alphabay and Dream vendor account “PeterTheGreat” pleaded guilty at recent court date. After the arrest of a couple from South Carolina for the distribution of U-47700, it was not long before the internet made the connection between both suspects and PeterTheGreat. Not ... Read More »

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28.8.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Timeline: Feds Bust Massive Alphabay Vendor “HumboldtFarms” Federal agents took down one of the largest drug trafficking organizations on the darknet, HumboldtFarms. Homeland Security Investigations—alongside local police in California and the United States Postal Inspection Service—brought down six suspects closely connected to the Alphabay vendor HumboldtFarms. “HumboldtFarmsDTO” sold marijuana on some of the late marketplaces and eventually became one of ... Read More »