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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 »

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Research: Assessing the link between the physical and virtual illicit drug markets

Illicit drug trading in the physical world has represented the subject of many research studies and is very well documented in academic literature. However, individuals involved in illicit drug trading have recently adopted innovative technologies to boost their profits and evade being caught by law enforcement agencies. Darknet marketplaces have been increasingly transforming the drug trafficking business during the past ... Read More »

Beijing police speed up cybercrime fight as they crackdown 6600 internet related cases

Following the recent rate of high cybercrime-related cases recorded in China, the Beijing cybercrime department has responded by engaging in a massive crackdown. The Beijing police successfully detained 3,100 cybercrime suspects who were said to have made about $29,000 from their illegal operation. 6,600 internet-related crime crackdowns were recorded in 2018. According to reports, the arrested suspects were in the ... Read More »

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Bitcoin price weekly analysis – 14.1.2019

Last week, bitcoin price went through another downwards dip, after testing the resistance near $4,290.7, which corresponds to the 23.6% Fibonacci retracement. The market’s bulls has been unsuccessful in breaking through this seemingly strong resistance level since late November 2018. The week high was recorded on Tuesday ($4,215), following which price started to drop steadily reaching $3,700 towards the end ... Read More »

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Research: Modernizing CollecTor’s ability to collect and archive Tor’s network data

The Tor network protects internet users against censorship, tracking, and surveillance. Tor is composed of thousands of relay nodes, or servers, run by volunteers who are distributed across the globe to enable users to connect privately to internet services. Continuous network evaluation is pivotal in order to react to censorship events, to adapt the Tor browser to dynamic network conditions, ... Read More »

Department of Homeland Security Seeks to Develop Tools to Track Privacy Coins Like Monero & Zcash

According to a pre-solicitation notice posted on the United States government’s Federal Business Opportunities web site by the Department of Homeland Security, the federal law enforcement agency is seeking contractors to help them develop tools to enable them to conduct surveillance on privacy coin transactions. The pre-solicitation notice specifically mentions the privacy-centric cryptocurrencies Monero and Zcash. Agencies of the United ... Read More »

Germany in the DeepWeb Admin Sentenced to Six Years in Prison

A German court sentenced the owner of one of most prolific dark web forums in Germany to six years in prison for allowing the sale of firearms on the forum. A judge held him accountable for several homicides and assaults connected to the forum. A 31-year-old from Karlsruhe was identified as the owner of the German dark web forum, “Germany ... Read More »