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Female Entertainer Accused of Killing a Cat on the Dark Web

Animal Rights organizations are currently pursuing some legal action against a female DJ whom they have accused of killing an adopted kitten brutally for the purposes of obtaining bitcoins. The group maintained that the kitten killing had been featured within a video that was streamed on a secret forum of a website that is operated for individuals that seek violence. ... Read More »

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Research: Improving anonymity of users on I2P with an enhanced outproxy design

It is inarguable that the internet greatly undermines user privacy, and the risks are growing each day. This has fueled the development of several anonymity networks, such as Tor and the invisible Internet project (I2P). While the Tor network is currently the most commonly used solution for promoting anonymity and protecting a user’s privacy online, the low capabilities of I2P ... Read More »

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Research: Comparing the performance of IP routing and onion routing (Tor)

The world is currently witnessing many political conflicts. Repressive governments are imposing sanctions on free speech. Many of these governments block the general public from accessing some websites, which led people in these countries to find solutions to be able to browse the internet freely. Researching solutions to this problem led to the practical deployment of a prototype model for ... Read More »

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Research: How ransomware and hacking services are sold on darknet marketplaces

Black hat hackers, and cyber-criminals are far more sagacious than most of us think. They are no longer script kiddies who are showing off their hacking skills to impress their social circles, but highly professional businessmen who are working meticulously hard to benefit from their exploitative attacks. Research studies have been done on how cyber-criminals market their skills and sell ... Read More »

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Research: Multi-homing vendors and loyal buyers on darknet marketplaces

The past few years have witnessed increased popularity of darknet marketplaces which orchestrate trading of illicit products on the deep web. The darknet marketplace ecosystem is evolving despite government shutdowns and takedown operations. International law enforcement agencies call for a better understanding of these novel illicit trading platforms. Buyers seem to shift to surviving marketplaces when one marketplace is taken ... Read More »

Texan Charged with Attempted Murder for Planning to Rape and Eat a Child

A man from Shelby County, Texas, was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation after allegedly arranging to sexually assault, kill, and cannibalize the daughter of someone he had met on a darkweb forum. According to a criminal complaint, a member of the Homeland Security Investigations’ Child Exploitation Task Force in Florida discovered a post on a darkweb forum posted ... Read More »

Greek Court Postpones Extradition Appeal of Russian Cybercrime Suspect to France

The Greek court has postponed the hearing of the extradition appeal of a “notorious” cybercrime suspect, Alexandre Vinnik. In the courtroom, Zoe Konstantopoulou, Vinnik’s Attorney demanded that the trial be postponed after six hours of the court hearing. The Athens Bar Association Ruling Defense Council strictly prevents work after 3:00 pm. According to reports, authorities also postponed another session of ... Read More »

German Man Sentenced for Buying Drugs on the Darkweb from Rehab

A judge at the District Court of Konstanz sentenced a drug dealer to three years in prison for assorted drug crimes including selling drugs, buying them on the darkweb, having them shipped to a friend’s house, and using drugs himself. The person who received his packages was also sentenced but instead of prison time, she was fined 900 euros. In ... Read More »

UK Judge Sentences Two Darkweb Drug Importers to Rehab

Two men who had ordered marijuana from a darkweb market vendor avoided incarceration at a recent sentencing hearing in Swindon, England. Both convicted drug importers were told their non-custodial sentences were “last chances” at living a life free of drug use and distribution. In December 2016, the United Kingdom’s Border Force intercepted a package containing more than $3,000 worth of ... Read More »

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Bitcoin price weekly analysis – 12.11.2018

After rising to a week high of $6,615 last Wednesday, bitcoin price progressively dropped down to a week low of $6,357 on Sunday. Even though the market’s bulls had the upper hand during the beginning of last week’s trading sessions, they were not capable of overcoming the resistance around the $6,615 price level. The market failed to continue on rising ... Read More »

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Recent flow watermarking techniques for detection of Tor hidden services

Tor is by far the most widely used anonymous network that is increasingly being exploited by users hosting and publishing content via hidden services. In most cases, Tor’s hidden services are used to distribute content that is morally or illegally deplorable, e.g. child pornography. Law enforcement agencies (LEAs) are constantly trying to identify users hosting and distributing such content. Innovative ... Read More »

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The rise of Fentanyl in the US and EU darknet marketplaces

Fentanyl is a “Schedule I” drug and one of the widely used synthetic opioids in medicine. In the United States, illegally produced fentanyl, as well as its analogues, New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), which are newly available drugs whose chemical structure is being modified to skirt around law enforcement agents (LEAs). They are used by traffickers to adulterate namely heroin, and ... Read More »