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Bitcoin news roundup, October 8, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Bitcoin.org states it’ll denounce SegWit2x supporting companies This week, Bitcoin.org published a blog post in which it states that it will publicly denounce via a banner on their website companies that support the SegWit2x hard fork, and that are going to default to the Segwit2x (S2X) chain, putting users ... Read More »

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04-10-17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

  DEA Arrests French Dream Vendor “OxyMonster” This week’s high profile darknet market arrest landed in the United States for a competition beard event. The suspect, Gal Vallerius, boasted that his beard ranked “World Beard #8.” Vallerius, a Dream moderator and widely disliked darknet drug dealer, had travelled to the United States to crush the souls of other bearded competitors ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, October 1, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Peer-to-peer exchange LocalBitcoins to compensate users for their Bitcoin Cash funds On August 1, all Bitcoin holders received an equivalent amount in Bitcoin Cash (BCH), following the network’s hard fork. Popular peer-to-peer exchange LocalBitcoins never really gave users who had their Bitcoin on the platform access to their Bitcoin ... Read More »

25.09.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Russian Authorities Announced RAMP Takedown The Russian Anonymous Marketplace (RAMP), after the Alphabay and Hansa takedown, effectively tied with Dream market for market share and popularity. Many English speaking market users had never heard of the site, given that it was primarily for Russia, Ukraine, and other nearby countries. Most sales were dead drops. Very little shipping ever occurred. But, ... Read More »

Bitcoin News Roundup 24.9.17

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: JP Morgan’s Jamie Dimon strikes Bitcoin again, says it’s “worth nothing” Last week, as reported by DeepDotWeb, JP Morgan’s chief executive Jamie Dimon called Bitcoin a “fraud” and stated that he would fire any employee trading the cryptocurrency, as according to him it was both “stupid” and against the ... Read More »

19.9.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Bitcoin Vanished During Dream Marketplace Crash According to an announcement on the darknet market’s forums and the Dream subreddit, one of the market’s hard drives crashed, corrupting a Bitcoin wallet file. The corrupted hard drive and wallet.dat impacted not only Dream’s online/offline status, but also user Bitcoin wallets and transaction history. At some point during the ordeal, Dream staff posted ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, September 17, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: BTC-e’s new exchange platform is up and running: it’s called WEX BTC-e, one of the oldest Bitcoin exchanges, had been taken down following the arrest of a Russian national in Greece. At the time, the man was believed to be an admin at the exchange, but soon a Bitcointalk ... Read More »

9.9.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Alphabay Fentanyl Vendor “NarcoBoss” Connected to Three More Overdoses Federal agencies arrested Henry Koffie, a Pennsylvania Alphabay vendor known as NarcoBoss and DNMkingpin on July 5 for drug trafficking charges and charges associated with distributing a controlled substance resulting in death. The victim died of a fentanyl, Xanax, and etizolam cocktail. After Koffie’s arrest, the Office of Attorney’s announced that ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, September 10, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Cryptocurrency complaints surged this year, just like its userbase A recent report published by student loan market LendEDU revealed that cryptocurrency-related customer complaints, the majority of which against Coinbase, filed with the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) surged this year. According to the report, a total of seven ... Read More »

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3.9.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Alphabay Vendor “PeterTheGreat” [Faced] a Judge in August [and Pleaded Guilty] One out of two defendants behind the Alphabay and Dream vendor account “PeterTheGreat” pleaded guilty at recent court date. After the arrest of a couple from South Carolina for the distribution of U-47700, it was not long before the internet made the connection between both suspects and PeterTheGreat. Not ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, September 3, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Troubled Exchange BTC-e is now back online BTC-e, one of the oldest bitcoin exchanges, was taken down earlier this summer after a Russian national was arrested for allegedly laundering billions in bitcoin. At the time it was believed that he was an admin at the exchange, and it was ... Read More »

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28.8.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Timeline: Feds Bust Massive Alphabay Vendor “HumboldtFarms” Federal agents took down one of the largest drug trafficking organizations on the darknet, HumboldtFarms. Homeland Security Investigations—alongside local police in California and the United States Postal Inspection Service—brought down six suspects closely connected to the Alphabay vendor HumboldtFarms. “HumboldtFarmsDTO” sold marijuana on some of the late marketplaces and eventually became one of ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, August 27, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: SegWit is now active on the Bitcoin blockchain Segregated Witness (SegWit) is now active on Bitcoin’s blockchain. Essentially, SegWit rearranges how data is stored on Bitcoin blocks, boosts capacity, and removes transaction malleability. Various cryptocurrency experts, including Blockstream executives, Lightning founder Elizabeth Stark, and Litecoin creator Charlie Lee, expressed ... Read More »

20.8.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Belgian Police Raiding Houses in BTC Money Laundering Bust Although occurring shortly after the takedown of BTC-e for money laundering, the Belgian police’s raids connected to a completely different money laundering case. This time, according to local reports, along with an innocent party connected to the events, the raids involved so-called “suspicious” LocalBitcoins activity. Authorities were still looking into money ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, August 20, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Rogue Silk Road agent admits he stole another 1,600 BTC after guilty plea Shaun Bridges, a rogue Secret Service agent who plead guilty to obstruction of justice and money laundering while investigating Silk Road, after stealing over $800,000 worth of Bitcoin, recently plead guilty to stealing another 1,600 BTC ... Read More »