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Cryptocurrency news roundup, April 8, 2018

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments. New developments: Mt Gox CEO claims he doesn’t want to profit from the exchange’s bankruptcy Mark Karpeles, the CEO of now-defunct cryptocurrency exchange Mt Gox, recently revealed through a Reddit AMA that he doesn’t want to profit from the exchange’s bankruptcy. Karpeles was set to receive roughly 160,000 BTC, worth over ... Read More »

Italian Student Arrested for Growing Weed at His House

Authorities in Pisa, Italy, arrested a 28-year-old university student for growing and distributing marijuana. The police stopped him around 9pm and searched his possessions. According to the police, the young man had difficulty concealing his nervousness. The police would not have looked into him any further if he had acted normal. He was otherwise above any particular suspicion, they said. ... Read More »

Pedophile Caught After Leaving His Face in Videos

The Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) in Wiesbaden and the Central Office for the Suppression of Cybercrime (GDR) in Giessen aired the picture of a pedophile who had shown his face in videos uploaded to darknet child abuse forums. The two police forces jointly issued a press release on March 26, 2018, that explained the situation and called for public ... Read More »

Darknet Bust Leads to Portugal’s First Bitcoin Seizure

In Atouguia da Baleia, a judge sentenced a couple from Poland to prison for selling narcotics on the darknet. The husband received a seven year prison sentence and the wife received a sentence of only five and a half years. The Judicial Police seized the couple’s cryptocurrency earnings and, in doing so, made the first Bitcoin seizure in Portugal. Grezegorz, ... Read More »

Three Drug Buyers Arrested in Austrian Investigation

In July 2017, Customs Officials of the Frankfurt Customs Office in Germany seized a package of amphetamines addressed to a 28-year-old from the Rohrbach district of Austria. Over time, authorities became aware of three more packages of amphetamines addressed to the 28-year-old in Austria. In March 2018, the 28-year-old’s arrest led to the arrest of two additional suspects and an ... Read More »

Swedish Darknet Vendor Appeals Prison Sentence

In 2014, international law enforcement conducted an operation targeting darknet drug markets and similarly illicit hidden services. They seized at least 414 .onion.rent sites. Many sites resurfaced under new branding. A Swedish darknet market-forum hybrid was among those seized during Operation Onymous that rebranded after the disruption. After tracking a group of drug traffickers from the first shop to the ... Read More »

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Darknet Vendors Sell Counterfeit TLS Certificates

Symantec declared in August last year that it was offering its digital security certificate business to DigiCert. In any case, this was after a long battle with Google, which claimed that loose security controls at Symantec enabled bad actors to purchase TLS certificates. These certificates, for use with Transport Layer Security, give verification and data encryption between servers. Moreover, counterfeit ... Read More »

Australian University offering Dark Web classes to IT students

The first ever university program in Australia on the famous dark web has been launched, with over 80 percent of IT and cybersecurity students nominating the dark web unit as their first subject. Charles Sturt University (CSU) in partnership with an industry based organization launched an online masters program class for the school of computer science and mathematics. The University ... Read More »

61st UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Darknet

61st UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Darknet

The CND for “Commission on narcotic drugs” also known as the 61st Commission on Narcotic Drugs met from 12 to 16 March in Vienna (Austria). Present at the meeting were: Head of Advocacy and Claims; Enzo Poultreniez (AIDES activists), Human Rights Project Coordinator; Nicolas Denis and two African partners in the Human Rights Project thus, Alain Kra (Africa Coordinator of ... Read More »

Group of Silk Road Dealers Sentenced to Prison

Judge Michael Leeming sentenced five University of Manchester students to prison for selling more than $1.2 million worth of drugs on the Silk Road. According to the NCA, authorities arrested the ring leader and his primary accomplice at their apartment in Manchester on the same day the FBI ended the Silk Road. The October 2013 arrests led to the discovery ... Read More »

Model ‘Periodically’ Used Ketamine Prior to Alleged Kidnapping

The ‘Instagram model’ who claimed a non-existent criminal group kidnapped her for a darknet auction periodically used ketamine for at least two months prior to the alleged kidnapping. Chloe Ayling, the 20-year-old alleged abductee, told Italian authorities that two men had drugged her and held her hostage for nearly a week. She said her kidnappers had used ketamine and when ... Read More »

German Vendor Busted with 35 Kilos of Marijuana

In the German town of Geldern-Kapellen, police stealthily conducted an investigation into a 36-year-old suspected darknet dealer. When they had gathered enough evidence, authorities raided the 36-year-old’s house at six in the morning and caught him by surprise. Police spokesperson Daniel Freitag told the press that the police had been looking into the recently arrested suspect since June 2017. According ... Read More »

Connecticut Man Sentenced for Selling Meth on the Darknet

The United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut announced that 26-year-old Cavan Devine of Fairfield County received a 36 month prison sentence for buying and selling methamphetamine and Xanax on the darknet. Police arrested in 2016 when an outpatient rehab clinic called the police to report Devine’s “disorderly conduct.” Authorities forcibly took Devine to a hospital in Bridgeport for ... Read More »

Feds Prosecute Staff of Encrypted Phone Company

Police have arrested and filed criminal charges against the CEO of a Canadian company that sold security hardened Blackberry and Samsung cell phones that were modified to protect privacy through the use of message encryption and the removal of unnecessary and potentially vulnerable hardware. Four others involved in operating the company are currently wanted by police, but have yet to ... Read More »

US Postal Officers Intercept 1500 Fentanyl Tablets Mailed From The Darknet

The postal office employees of the United States of America have intercepted two shipments containing 1,500 tablets of Fentanyl. According to the federal court document, the drugs were ordered from the Darknet and paid in Bitcoin. On 12 March 2018, a warrant was issued to search the intercepted shipments, and the packages were confirmed to contain a schedule 1 drug: ... Read More »