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Minnesota Man Charged With Hiring Hackers to Bring Down Ex-Employer

Federal prosecutors in an ongoing Minnesota case involving cybercrime stated that a local business, and Monticello-based technology firm was a victim of cyber-attack which was instigated by a former worker. The former worker who was also a state resident employed hackers-for-hire to sabotage the website of Monticello. According to the FBI, this case is in relation to the growing form ... Read More »

Cyber Threat Intelligence: Hunting Cyber Criminals

Cyber Security differs from CTI (Cyber Threat Intelligence). While the first deals with the technical aspects of protecting informatic systems and web applications, the second regards the intelligence applied to information, taking form in different ways like OSINT (Open Source Intelligence), HUMINT (Human Intelligence) and SOCMINT (Social Media Intelligence). The first important thing to understand what “cyber threat intelligence” means, ... Read More »

Signal Releases New Standalone Desktop Client

In a blog post published on Halloween, Open Whisper Systems, the developers of the free and open source Signal encrypted communications app, announced that they had released a new standalone desktop version of their app for Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows. Signal is largely used on mobile devices, however the release of the new Signal Desktop app is ... Read More »

Chinese Hacker Group Is Back With Corporate Espionage Campaigns Targeting Western Organizations

Keyboy, a Chinese hacking group has reemerged with a new campaign of malware attack techniques, this time targeting numerous organizations in Western nations. The advanced persistent group has been operating out of China since 2013 and had previously targeted individuals and organizations in countries in Southeast Asia including Taiwan, Tibet, and the Philippines. The new corporate espionage campaign by Keyboy, ... Read More »

Man Caught With 85 Pot Plants After Ordering Cocaine on the Darknet

According to a press release from the Police Headquarters in Lower Bavaria, Deggendorf investigators received word that a man living in Zwiesel had ordered cocaine from the darknet. At request of the Deggendorf prosecutor, officers arrived at the suspect’s apartment after the cocaine would have arrived, only to find 85 cannabis plants at various stages of growth and large amounts ... Read More »

Dealer Busted After Buying Counterfeit Euros on the Darknet

In the town of Brilon in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, the Federal Criminal Police Office raided a 20-year-old who had ordered counterfeit money on the darknet. To the Federal Criminal Police Office’s (BKA) surprise, they could not find any counterfeit banknotes on the 20-year-old’s property, despite their own intelligence that indicated otherwise. Instead, the BKA found a cache of drugs “in ... Read More »

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 »

Arkansas Sheriff’s Bitcoin Mining Program Sparks Controversy

An Arkansas sheriff’s office launched a bitcoin mining pilot program in its Cyber Crimes Division in hopes that the mined bitcoin will help investigators in future crimes on the darknet. In a statement to the press, detective Olin Rankin said the Cyber Crimes Division plans to use bitcoin in the same ways that criminals use bitcoin in undercover operations on ... Read More »

Austrian Ketamine Trafficker Sentenced to Probation

After his September arrest for drug trafficking, a 22-year-old ketamine dealer received a light sentence of probation and mandatory drug therapy sessions. On October 30, the Vienna District Court heard how a Burgenland native had financed his own “addiction” to marijuana through drug distribution. One of his family members, the man said, had told him that he could “make some ... Read More »

Three Men Admit Guilt in Grand Forks Fentanyl Conspiracy

Earlier this year, the Grand Forks Attorney’s Office targeted three men for their roles in a fentanyl distribution conspiracy that led to a non-fatal overdose in March 2017. They had ordered counterfeit A-125 oxycodone pills from a darknet supplier and distributed them throughout the region. On October 30, all three defendants pleaded guilty in a U.S. District Court. According to ... Read More »

Marijuana “Should Be Here Monday,” Suspect Told Police

Following a string of recent drug importation crackdowns in Australia, the Australian Federal Police and the Mildura police arrested an international drug buyer who had ordered several packages of methamphetamine between April and July. The case itself began with the Australian Border Force—a government body that frequently receives credit for intercepting drug packages and collaborating with international partners. The Australian ... Read More »

Bitcoin News Roundup 12.11.17

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Bitcoin Gold will launch on November 12, following replay protection implementation The team behind the controversial Bitcoin Gold project recently announced that it will release a software client for the cryptocurrency on November 12, after being able to implement various new features to the cryptocurrency, in an attempt to ... Read More »