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East Timor Veteran Jailed for Darknet Weapon Purchase Attempt

  Michael Eling Falconer, an East Timor veteran has pleaded guilty to attempting to use Bitcoin to purchase weapons on the Darknet. In the Melbourne court, Falconer admitted that he tried to purchase four Glock pistols and a Silencer from the Darknet. In an investigation, it was revealed that the East Timor veteran wanted to import the weapons and sell ... Read More »

28.11.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

More Prison Time for Ex-Agent in Silk Road Case The Department of Justice announced that Shaun Bridges, a corrupt Secret Service agent who investigated Ross Ulbricht, will spend even more time in prison. He had previously received a six-year prison sentence for stealing $800,000 in Bitcoin during the Silk Road investigation. The additional two years stemmed from a case involving ... Read More »

Day Trader Used Bitcoin to Hide Earnings from the SEC

A 42-year-old day trader named Joseph P. Willner caught charges relating to illegal broker account usage and market manipulation through a scheme involving Bitcoin and private messaging applications. According to a Securities and Exchange Commission press release, Willner and an accomplice collected more than $700,000 through their “after hours” scheme. Willner’s partner had access to more than 100 brokerage accounts ... Read More »

Suspended Sentence for German Counterfeit Buyer

In Bamberg, a set of poorly printed euro notes led to the arrest of a 26-year-old who had ordered hundreds of counterfeit euros from the darknet. The investigation began in January after a shopkeeper immediately spotted the fake notes based on their poor design and construction. Despite the defendant’s poor odds of walking out of the courtroom, the judge let ... Read More »

German Darknet Buyer “Amazed” by Controlled Delivery

In collaboration with the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), drug investigators from the Ingolstadt Criminal Police Office used intel from a vendor bust to catch a 19-year-old darknet drug buyer. The BKA had, according to an announcement by Upper Bavarian police, law enforcement in North Rhine-Westphalia had apprehended a number of darknet drug dealers in early November. During the investigation, ... Read More »

Teen Darknet Buyer Told to “Grow Up” in Court

A 19-year-old, according to his own admission, had ordered a package of MDMA from a darknet vendor in Holland to “experiment” with the drug. The teenager considered himself a “psychonaut,” a police expert explained. Recorder Gareth Evans QC, who did not believe the teen had ordered MDMA for personal use, told the self-described psychonaut to “grow up.” On October 4, ... Read More »

Bitcoin News Roundup 26.11.17

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Mark Karpeles hints at MtGox revival through an ICO According to former MtGox CEO Mark Karpeles, the complexity of the company’s bankruptcy makes it hard for creditors to recover their losses, and a revival of the company may be the way to solve the problem. MtGox’s bankruptcy claims are ... Read More »

Sydney Student Arrested after Dark Web Drugs Purchase.

On November 10, a 24-year-old university student was arrested by officers from Newtown Local Area Command, at the University of Sydney residence in Camperdown. He was arrested while collecting a package in the mail containing drugs he had ordered from the dark web. The police believe that the student planned to sell the drugs to other students. From the arrest ... Read More »

WikiLeaks Releases Source Code for CIA Malware Control Tool

After having released documents on over 20 software that CIA uses, WikiLeaks released Vault 8, the source code to some of the software documented in the Vault 7 leaks series. WikiLeaks stated that no 0 days or other vulnerabilities were released in the Vault 8 series. The source code for the software that the CIA uses to control its malware ... Read More »

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Google Study Says Phishing Attacks Are the Biggest Threats to Web Users

A study by Google discovered that phishing attacks through fake emails were as effective as compared to data breaches that exposed usernames and passwords. Cyber criminals or cyber groups manage to steal over 25,000 valid sets of web credentials for Gmail accounts every week, painting a picture of the extent this problem has reached. Hackers are constantly searching for, and ... Read More »

Authorities arrest a 24 Year Old Darknet Drug Buyer in Rottenburg as Darknet Drug Network Becomes Stronger in Europe.

A 24-year-old man from the Rottenburg has been arrested by the police for ordering drugs through the Darknet. This the tip of the iceberg in consideration of the massive crackdown they intend to make. According to the prosecutor and the drug detection team, the young man whose name was not revealed ordered the drugs on a large scale through the ... Read More »

Ordinypt Ransomware Targeting Germany

A new wiper malware called Ordinypt has been discovered and is targeting businesses and victims in Germany. The ransomware has the facade of fake job applicants inquiring about openings and rather than encrypting users’ documents, the ransomware overwrites files with random data. ID-Ransomware coder, Michael Gillespie first discovered Ordinypt when one of its ransom notes was uploaded to the website ... Read More »