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Research: Identifying bitcoin addresses linked to transactions on darknet marketplaces and other Tor hidden services

Due to its pseudo-anonymous nature and decentralized infrastructure, bitcoin has been exploited in darknet marketplaces which facilitate the trading of a myriad of illegal products and services, including illicit drugs, stolen personal data, weapons, hacking tools, and more. The history of bitcoin transactions is recorded on a public ledger, known as the blockchain. However, the real world identity of a ... Read More »


Using writing style and photographs to fingerprint darknet marketplace vendors

Darknet marketplaces, or cryptomarkets, are Tor hidden services where users trade illicit drugs and a myriad of illegal goods. During the past few years, law enforcement agencies have started to study the networks of darknet vendors in an attempt to link them to their real world identities. Nevertheless, cryptomarket vendors usually use multiple accounts, which render it extremely difficult to ... Read More »

Tennessee Resident Arrested for Purchasing Meth on the Darknet

A 68-year-old male resident of Claiborne County, East of Tennessee, was arrested for purchasing illegal drugs on the dark web and using postal services to deliver them to his home. Gene E. Schneff would buy large quantities of crystal meth from a darknet drug vendor based in San Diego, California. He would then stock them in his spacious mobile home ... Read More »

Research: Security monitoring of a darknet using a novel attacker behavior based metric

Monitoring of network traffic is indispensable for managing and securing various types of networks. One of the main difficulties associated with handling of network’s traffic (data packets, flow, etc) is the unsatisfactory semantic of independent parameters including number of data packets, IP addresses, TCP/UDP port numbers, network protocol, etc. Even though many parameters can be quantified by numerical values, it ... Read More »

Research: A novel user friendly system for monitoring darknet marketplaces

Darknet markets have been emerging during the past few years as the ideal online platforms for trading various forms of illicit goods and services including drugs, weapons, counterfeit documents, stolen private data, hacking tools, and others. As such, it is pivotal for law enforcement agencies all over the world to develop effective means for monitoring darknet marketplaces and tracing individuals ... Read More »

Liechtenstein Bank in the Limelight over Money Channeled by a Darknet Millionaire in Alpha-Bay Investigation

A Liechtenstein Bank is in the limelight after investigation and evidence in public records of the District Court of Southern District of Californian indicated that Bank Alpinum allowed a dark web criminal to transfer of millions of francs. The US Department of Justice launched a fight against dark web criminals two years ago, which was successful. In a well-coordinated joint ... Read More »

A German Arrested for Buying Amphetamine and Hashish on Darknet

Even though the dark web is continuously giving law enforcement agencies a hard time tracking down criminals who trade illegal products and services on the anonymous platform, the German police seem to be making steady steps towards the fight. Their investigations have led to the arrest of a 26-year-old male suspect who has been conducting illegal drug trade on the ... Read More »

European Police Congress Deliberates on Making the Darknet Inaccessible to its States

The European Union recently held discussions through the European Police Congress regarding security matters, migration, and integration. The conference began on February 19th in Berlin with the first focus being on eliminating criminal activities facilitated online by the darknet. This is the largest conference held by states of the European Union regarding internal security. It comprises around 1,500 specialists from ... Read More »

Swiss Darknet Drug Dealer Handed a Conditional Prison Sentence

A 52-year-old man accused of using the darknet to sell cannabis and to view child pornographic material was handed a conditional prison sentence by the District Court of Brugg. The 52-year-old, whose name was withheld, reportedly engaged in darknet drug dealing from August 2016 to July 2017 when he was arrested. He received payments in bitcoin and delivered the drugs ... Read More »

Seven Arrested in Spain for Purchasing Counterfeit Notes via the Darknet

Spain’s National Police arrested seven people accused of purchasing counterfeit euro notes from an Austrian darknet counterfeit notes vendor that was arrested in 2018. The suspects were arrested in the Ciudad Real, Madrid, Zaragoza, and Lerida provinces of Spain. In a statement, the National Police said that the arrests were a result of the second phase of an internationally coordinated ... Read More »


Research: Sales of prescription psychiatric drugs on darknet marketplaces

Nonmedical prescription psychiatric drug use (NMPDU) represents a rapidly growing international health problem, especially with the emergence of darknet marketplaces, or cryptomarkets, as means of trafficking and distribution of these drugs. There is scarce evidence regarding current comparative global NMPDU trends, namely due to the difficulties associated with collection of relevant data. This problem is especially prominent for non-opioid drugs, ... Read More »

A Programming Genius Arrested for Running a Multi-Million Dollar Drug Empire on the Darknet

A 46-year-old man identified as Paul Le Roux, a former computer programmer, was arrested for trafficking drugs, weapons, and gold via the dark web. He is considered to be the coordinator of one of the biggest organized criminal groups, an attribute that earned him the nickname, ‘the Jeff Bezos of international organized criminal activities.’ Apart from trafficking, Le Roux provided ... Read More »


Research: Estimating the volume and scope of tobacco trading on darknet marketplaces

Most research studies on darknet marketplaces, or cryptomarkets, focus on the sales of illegal drugs. Most studies conducted during the past few years have provided minimal information on the magnitude and scope of trading of other forms of products on darknet marketplaces, including tobacco trading. A recently published paper aimed at analyzing the volume of tobacco sales taking place on ... Read More »

Massachusetts Man Arrested for Buying Oxycodone on the Darknet

Andrew King, a 29 year old man from Plymouth, Massachusetts, is being accused of buying hundreds of oxycodone pills from a vendor operating on a darknet market, which were imported from the Medellin region of Colombia. The package had been sent using the carrier DHL and was intercepted by law enforcement agents from Customs and Border Protection, a branch of ... Read More »