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Research: Analyzing the DNS traffic of a high bandwidth Tor exit node – A research study

Internet usage differs markedly from one country to another when accessed websites are considered, especially in countries where censorship is exercised. People all over the world usually use Tor to communicate anonymously over the internet. The institute of networks and security (INS) hosts an exit node, with high bandwidth (200 MBit/s), on the Tor network for research purposes. A recently ... Read More »

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Study: The Use of Leaked Online Account Credentials on the Dark Web and Surface Web

We have been lately witnessing a dramatic rise in the incidences of cybercrime both on the surface web and the dark web. For example, the theft of online account credentials represents an emerging issue, especially on the dark web, where the price of an individual’s online identity averages around $900. Previous research studies analyzed the modus operandi of cybercriminals who ... Read More »

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Research: Tor Marketplaces – Economics and PGP based investigative technique

The impact of criminal usage of the internet is growing dramatically with the emergence of the Tor network, where darknet marketplaces are taking the shape of legal online marketplaces, such as Amazon and Ebay. Consequently, even offline crimes can now benefit from this novel modus operandi and the innovative routes to ship illegal products and services, which force law enforcement ... Read More »

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Research: TorBot Stalker – A new mechanism for detection of Tor based botnets via intelligent circuit data analysis

A botnet represents a group of compromised machines that are centrally controlled by a botmaster, who uses the botnet for distributing spam emails or launching denial of service attacks (DDoS) via means of special command and control (C&C) servers. The task of taking down a botnet often represents a “cat and mouse” chase as botnet operators, or botmasters, usually continuously ... Read More »

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Research: SmarTor – Improving the security of Tor via smart contracts

As state surveillance is currently increasing in many parts of the world, privacy and anonymous technologies have become more essential than ever before. The Tor project is by far one of the most important privacy tools for anonymous online access. Within the Tor network, Directory Authorities (DAs) operate to distribute the topology information needed to construct anonymity preserving circuits, or ... Read More »

Police Undercover Operation Unravel and Arrest Dark Web Cocaine Drug Dealer

A Newport man, identified as Nevin Ryan, 28, was apprehended by undercover police detectives and drugs were seized during the operation. He was arrested after the law enforcement caught him driving a car without a legal license. Prosecutor Clare Wilks told the court that the police detectives seized cocaine, marijuana, and a mobile phone which had messages related to dark ... Read More »

Austrian Man Busted for Ordering Amphetamine on the Dark Web

An Austrian man allegedly ordered large amounts of amphetamine on dark web marketplaces and then resold the amphetamine and other substances to local buyers. Police accused the man of ordering drugs on the dark web since 2017. In 2017, a man from Salzburg, Austria, allegedly started selling drugs to his friends, who also lived in the city of Salzburg. He ... Read More »

Dutch Police Seize 10,000 Ecstasy Pills in Dark Web Vendor Raid

An investigation led by German customs investigators led to the arrest of a suspected dark web drug trafficker in the Netherlands. Authorities have accused the suspect of selling various illegal substances in at least 3,000 separate instances. The Customs Investigation Office in Frankfurt announced the arrest of a 32-year-old Dutch citizen for allegedly violating an assortment of drug crimes. According ... Read More »

Bavarian Man Gets Community Service for Buying 800 Grams of Weed Online

A judge in a courtroom in Bavaria sentenced a young man to 60 hours of community service for purchasing a combined total of more than 800 grams of marijuana from various dark web vendors. The judge explained that the offense was incredibly serious, but the defendant’s direction in life had convinced him that no prison time was necessary. Daniel F., ... Read More »

Newtownabbey Darknet Drug Dealer Sentenced to Jail

A Newtownabbey man identified, as Darren Bennet, 23, was jailed for attempting to purchase handguns from a dark web market. The law enforcement strongly believes that the suspect intended to ship the weapons to south east Antrim. During the court hearing, Bennet pleaded guilty to the offenses he was charged with, including possession and intent to distribute illegal drugs, like ... Read More »

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Research: Using cryptocurrencies over the dark web in money laundering crimes

The major technological advancements we experienced recently have totally transformed personal and financial relationships taking place across the globe. During the past few years, people developed means to communicate and transact with high levels of privacy and anonymity. The dark web, including anonymous networks such as Tor, enables people to communicate in an anonymous, almost totally untraceable manner. Moreover, cryptocurrencies, ... Read More »