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EU Member States to Respond to Cybercrime in Unison

In June, the European Council announced the “cyber diplomacy toolbox.” The toolbox is a set of guidelines for member countries when dealing with cybercrime. And more importantly how to uniformly handle cybercrime, cooperating with other European Union member states. The toolbox was designed so that any applicable cybercrime against a member state could warrant a joint retaliation by the EU ... Read More »

3.7.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

US Fentanyl Vendor Gets Busted On Handwriting Federal agencies brought down a pair of fentanyl vendors from Ohio with oddly unnecessary tactics. Federal agents bought fentanyl from darknet vendors. They then profiled the packs and and found the couple’s most frequented Post Office. Through “surveys,” they connected one of the defendants, James Halpin, to the case. Agents then intercepted an ... Read More »

26.6.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Six Indicted in Darknet Fentanyl Distribution Ring The case against the former Alphabay vendor known as Pharma-Master grew substantially larger. A superseding grand jury Indictment charged five additional suspects in one of the “nation’s largest fentanyl cases.” In 2016, authorities arrested a fentanyl dealer. Police later revealed that t he dealer was a well-known Alphabay vendor. The superseding indictment added ... Read More »

18.6.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Update: One PlayPen Member May Only Serve Four Years We wrote about the prosecution’s request that former US Army combat engineer David Tippens serve four years in prison for possession of child pornography. Four years in prison for one of the men caught in Operation Pacifier seemed low at the time. But since the judge opted to render the FBI’s ... Read More »

11.6.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

CIA Worked With Private Corporation to Hack Windows Users Following the FBI legal battle with Apple, the Israeli cybersecurity firm known as Cellebrite took the spotlight as law enforcement’s cellphone hacking go-to. Over time, information from Cellebrite and similar firms circulated and the public received a glance at that companies that create law enforcement’s hacking tools. Now, as a result ... Read More »

4.6.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

“Silk Road Creator Ross Ulbricht Loses Life Sentence Appeal” A Second Circuit appellate court struck down Ulbricht’s appeal on literally every challenge raised by the defense. The appeal centered on violation of Ulbricht’s Fourth Amendment rights and the evidence tampering caused by the corrupt federal agents investigating Ulbricht and the Silk Road. “Although we might not have imposed the same ... Read More »

Study Suggests “Organized Crime” Evolved With Cybercrime

A recent study pointed out that WannaCry marked a moment of “globalization” of crime. Thomas Franke, head of Germany’s Forum for Networked Security, called organized crime “[t]he biggest business in the world.” The classic examples of organized crime—gangs, for instance—crossed borders far before the world of hidden services existed. But, he explained that the very idea or definition of organized ... Read More »

28.5.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

DEA Says Four Recent Vendor Busts are Connected The DoJ announced that four separate darknet opioid cases were connected. The vendors: OwlCity​, DigitalPossi2014, ustous, and Polira. The cases, aside from the drugs involved and darknet markets in general, looked unrelated. The DoJ said very little and left out much needed details. An undercover federal investigation into U-47 vendors? DeepDotWeb Continued: ... Read More »

22.5.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

22.5.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup: “US Darknet Drug Traffickers Arrested After Overdose Of A Teen” The overdose of an 18-year-woman on the US West Coast led to the arrest of a well-known Alphabay vendor on the East Coast, PeterTheGreat. Law enforcement caught the duo behind the vendor account within a few months—an accomplishment authorities used to express the effectiveness ... Read More »

15.5.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Ransomware Hackers Launch Global Assault An unknown actor exploited a known security vulnerability (thanks to the Shadow Brokers) in unpatched versions of Windows. Using the exploit, an entity spread ransomware called WannaCry at a rate Europol called “unprecedented.” The ransomware practically shut down hospitals across the world, even though healthcare was not specifically targeted. WannaCry (“Wana”) and variants (without the ... Read More »

Romanian Police Join Forces With Domestic Internet Security Company To Fight Cybercrime

The Romanian police collaborate with internet security company BitDefender to fight cybercrime on a global scale. According to a press release published by the General Inspectorate of the Romanian Police (IGPR – Romania’s police force), they are joining forces with domestic internet security company BitDefender to fight cybercrime globally. Bitdefender is an internet security software company based in Romania, represented ... Read More »


Stuttgart To Form Cybercrime Center To Combat Organized Crime On The Internet

Against the increased criminality on the internet, the public prosecutor’s office in Stuttgart, Germany is setting up a central cybercrime department. The department’s main focus will be to prosecute organized criminals on the internet. “This is about organized crime, so the serious cases,” head of the authority, Chief Prosecutor Siegfried Mahler, said on Wednesday in Stuttgart. According to Mahler, organized ... Read More »

Interior Ministry And Police In North Rhine-Westphalia Turn Major Focus On Cybercrime Defense

As cyberattacks are on the rise and hackers are becoming more and more sophisticated, the Interior Ministry and the police in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Germany work together to establish a strong defense against cybercriminals. Authorities in the German state identified the worldwide problem, which causes losses of billions of dollars to governments, companies, and individuals per year. “This is why ... Read More »

15 West African Countries To Join The Convention On Cybercrime

15 West African countries are planning to join the International Convention on Cybercrime (Budapest Convention) to focus on the training of the officials against cyber attacks. The training is held in Dakar and Senegal and is expected to be completed by the weekend. The course is inspired by the recurrence of cyber-criminality offenses in West African jurisdictions these days. Indeed, ... Read More »

Southwest Germany To Join Forces With Saarland To Combat Cybercrime

The Southwest region and the state of Saarland seek to join forces to fight against cybercrime in Germany. At the request of the German Press Agency, Baden-Württemberg’s Interior Minister Thomas Strobl (CDU) said that a cooperation agreement should be concluded with Saarland at the end of the week. “Cyber Criminality does not have any national borders,” Strobl said in a ... Read More »