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US Law Enforcement Agencies Say Drug Gangs Are Using China Crypto Channels for Money Laundering

U.S. law enforcement agencies have reported an increasing use of Chinese and Asian cryptocurrencies for money laundering proceeds obtained from drug trafficking in the U.S., Europe, and Australia. This has risen from the estimated U.S. $2 trillion of funds laundered worldwide, of which almost $60 billion is from drug sales in the U.S. only. Most of these drugs are illicit ... Read More »

Lubbock Man Sentenced for Stealing Mail and Selling Personal Details on Dark Web

In Lubbock, Texas, a resident was prosecuted in a federal court of law on December 28 and sentenced to a four-year imprisonment along with an additional three years on probation following the prison sentence. The 31-year-old male named Garrett Austin Malone confessed to the crime of stealing mail in Lubbock and selling the personal information and credit cards obtained from ... Read More »

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Research: Using stochastic geometry to analyze network traffic and exclude heterogeneous (malicious) darknet traffic

Throughout the past few years, the explosive advancement of receivers and the rapid surge of data traffic have greatly impacted the current network architecture. According to data presented by the Cisco Complete VNI in 2017, the monthly internet traffic per receiver will rise to around 43 GB by the year 2021. As such, in order to attain optimum network management ... Read More »

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Research: Analyzing the Tor routing protocol to identify structural weaknesses

The Onion Router (Tor) has been developed in order to protect the privacy, integrity, and availability of communications taking place across its network. This unique network is based on a community that utilizes a special network protocol to enable users to browse the internet anonymously. Even though the protocol’s open source code is publically available, some of its aspects, including ... Read More »

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SGX-Tor: Maximizing Tor’s anonymity via SGX enclaves

With the growing popularity of Tor as an anonymity network, a large number of attacks have emerged to undermine its anonymity. Guaranteeing total anonymity despite adversaries targeting Tor represents an extremely difficult task, especially since Tor relay nodes are hosted by volunteers located all over the globe. Presently, one can obtain sensitive information, such as identifiers of hidden services and ... Read More »

French Startup Offers Dark Web Compass (Not For Everyone)

The dark web has been gaining popularity among people who desire to hide their identity as they surf through various items and engage in different kinds of business. The ability to safely operate with the help of the TOR browser has allowed the platform to harbor terrorists, murderer-for-hires, and illegal drug dealers. The anonymity offered makes it difficult for law ... Read More »

Two Young Men Arrested for Importing Dark Web Drugs Worth Lakhs

Police in Delhi have arrested two young men for importing illegal drugs worth several lakhs. The two suspects are accused of using the dark web to place online orders of illicit drugs and paying for the orders with virtual currencies. The imported drugs were then delivered through a courier firm. The two young men, who are in their early 20s ... Read More »

Identification of darknet hacker communities (forums, IRCs, carding shops, and darknet marketplaces)

Cyber attacks lead to global losses that exceed $450 billion each year. To address this problem, ethical hackers and researchers put great efforts into Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) development in order to identify hackers and emerging threats. CTI analysts have highlighted the significance of studying the ever-growing online hacker communities. Despite their valuable CTI importance, collection of data from online ... Read More »

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Research: Cyber threat intelligence and the dark web – Overseeing current approaches

Research studies that analyze information regarding various communities on the deep web and dark web have unfolded novel angles in the domain of security informatics. The existence of dark web communities that operate with high levels of anonymity opens the door for data driven approaches that target different means of adversarial reasoning. Such approaches would require certain data that is ... Read More »

Law Enforcement Operation Target Darknet Drug Dealers

New Zealand law enforcement has visited more than eighty properties around the country in a sting operation to flush out people who are using dark web hidden marketplaces to instigate illegal activities. The operation was motivated by the rising number of people using the darknet to purchase deadly drugs, which are sometimes causing overdoses and untimely deaths. According to police ... Read More »

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Research: Did legislative changes really restrict the use of “legal highs”?

Even though the Psychoactive Substance Act (2016) seems to have more or less curbed the circulation of legal highs, which are currently referred to as “novel psychoactive substances,” a recently published paper in the Pharmaceutical Journal has proven that legislation may boost their sales on the dark web and elsewhere. With more than 700 novel psychoactive substances reported across Europe, ... Read More »

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Research: Mitigating risks via the dark web

The “dark web” has proven that it deserves its moniker. The dark web is a hidden part of the world wide web that can only be accessed via special forms of software that render users untraceable and anonymous. The dark web is the preferred arena for criminals, whistleblowers, political activists, and others who engage in a scurrying online ecosystem. Regrettably, ... Read More »

CyberGhost Review

Virtual Private Network (or VPN) service provides online security and anonymity to millions of users around the world. It encrypts your data and creates a tunnel around it to prevent IP address leakage. It also allows its users to bypass georestriction and access websites and content they usually cannot from their location. By design, VPN software connects you to the ... Read More »

Research: Using the genetic algorithm to generate symmetric keys for cryptography

Cryptography has evolved to become an indispensable tool to protect data shared online. There are currently multiple types of cryptographic approaches used to secure data. Automatic Variable Key (AVK) is one of the most recent cryptographic approaches proposed by researchers. In AVK encryption algorithms, the initial key is distributed via Rivest-Shamir-Adleman (RSA). The genetic algorithm has been recently proposed for ... Read More »

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Research: Can we consider darknets as parasites?

Infrastructures and platforms have been turned into concepts that can help us understand large sized computational systems. The distinction between an infrastructure and a platform represents a debate. A recently published article uses the concept of darknet networks to illustrate how infrastructures are more or less public, while platforms are more associated with private relations. The article analyzes how darknets ... Read More »