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Oregon Fentanyl Dark Net Market Vendor Pleads Guilty

Brandon Corde Hubbard (41), an Oregon man, pleaded guilty to the charges of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances resulting in serious bodily injury and death, distribution of a controlled substance resulting in death and money laundering. The fentanyl that Hubbard was selling caused two overdose deaths in Grand Forks. Hubbard signed the plea agreement on Dec 21, 2015, where he ... Read More »

Bitcoin Price Analysis March 9. 2016

This week, a wedge price structure fell sharply through $416 support to the downside, falling to a low $382. This was after trading in a $10 range, between $416 and $424. $382, an expected target on the downside has forced a retracement since March 6, correcting up to $416, now a resistance. Trades are settling at $409 on Bitstamp as ... Read More »

Vermont Senate Approves Recreational Marijuana Bill

S.241, sponsored by Senator Jeanette K. White, was approved by the Vermont Senate in a 17-12 vote after a 16-13 preliminary vote. The bill now moves to the House Of Representatives for approval. If approved, the bill will then have to be signed into law by the Governor. The bill aims to allow those who are at least 21 or ... Read More »

Michigan Bill To Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Michigan state Senator Coleman Young II has introduced Senate Bill 0813 and Senate Joint Resolution O. The purpose of the bill is to regulate and tax marijuana while the joint resolution proposes “an amendment to the state constitution of 1963, by adding section 40a to article IV, to decriminalize the possession and use of [marijuana].” Young introduced this bill “in ... Read More »

New HTTPS Flaw: “DROWN” Attack

The OpenSSL project recently released a new update to address a critical vulnerability (CVE-2016-0800) dubbed “DROWN” which stands for “Decrypting RSA using Obsolete and Weakened eNcryption”. From the OpenSSL security advisory: “A cross-protocol attack was discovered that could lead to decryption of TLS sessions by using a server supporting SSLv2 and EXPORT cipher suites as a Bleichenbacher RSA padding oracle. ... Read More »

Bitcoin Price Analysis March 2. 2016

This week, bullish sentiments across the market have almost hit fever pitch. Traders are all watching the same pattern unfold, since November 2015, a high probability upper breakout. Raoul Paul, ex- Goldman sachs hedge fund manager tweeted this chart above saying “On the subject of Bitcoin, this wedge offers a high probability of a big upside breakout soon.” Because almost ... Read More »

Bitcoin Ramping Up Drug Trade In Russia?

Bitcoin is becoming more known for criminal activity these days; especially when it comes to dealing and trafficking drugs. It could be because it is the only anonymous pay platform to date, or the simple fact that its online, and safer than dealing with cash. The Russian Federal Drug Control Service says that the ever growing Bitcoin use is a ... Read More »

Silk Road Vendors PlutoPete and RichieRich Sentenced to 5 Years

According to the British NCA: One of the Silk Road’s most renowned British vendors and his business partner have been sentenced to a total of ten years after an NCA investigation uncovered the buying and selling of a catalogue of illegal drugs, including crack cocaine and methamphetamine. The pair publically claimed they were running a legitimate business selling legal highs. ... Read More »

Report Says Firearm Smuggling To The United Kingdom Is Growing

A police report warns that gun smuggling is currently booming in the United Kingdom. Lethal weapons, including assault rifles and machine guns, and ammunition for them are being smuggled to the UK using the internet and postal services. According to the report, customers are using legitimate sites to buy guns online. An interesting point, however, is that the dark web ... Read More »

Court Documents Confirm CMU Paid By Government In Tor Attacks

District Judge Richard A. Jones has denied a motion to compel discovery filed by the lawyers of Brian Farrell, who is accused of being “DoctorClu”; one of the “key players” in Silk Road 2.0. The motion was filed in an attempt to find out how Farrell’s IP address was discovered. According to the criminal complaint, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) received ... Read More »

EU Plans To End Anonymity For Bitcoin And Prepaid Card Users

There’s a plan of the European Commission, which will be proposed in June, which will try to end the anonymity of virtual currencies, such as Bitcoin, and prepaid cards. The reason the European Union wants this new policy is that they need to fight terrorism more efficiently. However, the Europol just released a report, which says that terrorists are not ... Read More »

Maryland Bill To Decriminalize Drugs

Maryland House Bill 1119, sponsored by Delegate Dan Morhaim, aims to downgrade “violations relating to the use or possession of specified de minimis quantities of specified controlled dangerous substances” from misdemeanors to civil offenses; effectively decriminalizing drugs. However, the bill also aims to penalize anyone for using or possessing less than 10 grams of marijuana or anyone possessing a “de ... Read More »

Bitcoin Price Analyses Feb-24 2016

The chart above was this week, the price of bitcoin blew up past $420, last week’s price, going up on an impressive run to $450 on Bitstamp. It was reminiscent of the run up to $502 in late 2015. $450 resistance level pushed back on price, and a sell off ensued down to $408. Price is now at $426 as ... Read More »

Tor: ‘Mystery’ spike in Hidden Services Addresses

A recent spike in .onion.sale services has many speculating as to what might be happening. More than 25,000 new hidden services have surfaced in the last few days; leading some to believe one thing, and others to believe another. The possibilities are vast, but there are a few likely suspects. The new anonymous chat client Ricochet. In short, Ricochet stays ... Read More »