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Research: Intelligence extraction of Tor hidden services – A research study

The Tor network launched in 2002, and since then, it has been under constant development with the active release of new improvements and features. One of these essential features is the “hidden services”, which enables users to securely host their content on Tor’s network. These hidden services boast the same level of privacy and anonymity offered to clients using the ... Read More »

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Research: Threats Vs Benefits of the deep and dark web

The deep web entices most of us and intimidates some of us. However, it is browsed by almost all of us. Given that traditional search engines, such as Google, Yahoo, etc., can search only a small portion of the internet, renders the deep web a very enticing resource. The dark web is an important subset of the deep web, that ... Read More »

Two Men Plead Guilty to Dark Web weapons Purchase Attempt

Two men from Co Antrim pleaded guilty to conspiring to order firearms from an undisclosed dark web marketplace. The two were arrested in February 2017, after they attempted to obtain two handguns; a Glock 17 and a Glock. According to a police statement, the two were procuring the weapons for another individual whose name they did not disclose. Darren Bennett, ... Read More »

Playpen Member Sentenced to Prison, Plans to Appeal with a “Brain Scan”

An Ohio man was sentenced to federal prison for almost 20 years for downloading close to 900 pictures from the darkweb child abuse forum “Playpen.” The man was caught during the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into members of the forum in 2014 and 2015. Despite the evidence produced by prosecutors, the man’s family, friends, and girlfriend have argued that ... Read More »

India: DSPs Undergo Training to Enhance Skills on Cybercrime and Dark Web Crackdown

Over 90 Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSPs) and forensic branch officials across all major cities in India, have successfully undergone a five-day special training. This is to improve their skills and professional efficiency in solving emerging crimes related to developing technology such as cybercrimes, dark web, and virtual currencies. Speaking on Friday at a concluding party of the intensive training ... Read More »

Research: A novel intelligent rule-based deep web crawler

Developing a crawler for the deep web is definitely a tough task. The crawler’s processing time is by far the bottleneck for a deep web crawler. Whenever web FORMS have to be filled to access webpages that belong to the deep web, all possible values are used to fill these forms, so the combination of values is enormous. Accordingly, most ... Read More »

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Research: How third party intermediation takes place in darknet drug marketplace sales?

Silk Road, as well as its successor cryptomarkets, serve as two sided platforms or marketplaces that function as intermediaries for sales transactions taking place between vendors and buyers. To build trust as an intermediary in exchanges between vendors and buyers trading illicit drugs, darknet marketplaces rely on several strategies including escrow, buyers/vendors ratings, and forums that enable both buyers and ... Read More »

A Review of Tor Browser 8.0

Tor users’ can now access the Tor Browser 8.0 from Tor Browser Project Page and distribution directory. This version allows users to connect to the Tor network with a higher level of online anonymity and privacy. Though Tor Browser 8.0 is a significant update, there are negative feedbacks from the users. Those using devices running on macOS systems have experienced ... Read More »

German Couple Accused of Selling Ecstasy and Cocaine on the Darkweb

A 33-year-old living in Bavaria sold a massive amount of amphetamine, hashish, LSD, and ecstasy pills through a darkweb marketplace, the Ansbach Public Prosecutor said during a recent hearing. The man, known to the public as “Holger K.,” faces drug trafficking charges listed in an indictment that consisted of four pages worth of drug crimes. His wife has also been ... Read More »

Darkweb Drug Trafficker Helped Police Catch Three Co-Conspirators in Germany

In August 2018, a judge at the Regional Court in Münster sentenced a 47-year-old man from Enschede to 45 months in prison for drug crimes connected to a darkweb vendor named “Johnny Cash.” The drug dealer negotiated the relatively short sentence by providing the police with information on his co-conspirators and customers. Less than one month after the drug trafficker’s ... Read More »

Trends of malware and digital products sales on darknet marketplaces

There is a growing number of research studies examining the operations of various darknet markets, or cryptomarkets, with special emphasis on illicit drug trading, which represents the majority of product lists on most of these darknet marketplaces. A recently published paper analyzed these markets with a focus on trading malware, forged documents, stolen credentials, and “crime-as-a-service” type of products. We ... Read More »

Trial Begins for Men Accused of Buying Glocks from a Cop on the Darkweb

The trial for two Co Antrim men accused of attempting to purchase a Glock on the darkweb began in October at Belfast Crown Court. At the first appearance, the court heard how both suspects had interacted with an undercover police officer and discussed their plans over WhatsApp before getting arrested during the “gun deal.” The Police Service of Northern Ireland ... Read More »

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Bitcoin Price Weekly Analysis – 24.10.2018

Bitcoin price has hit a high of $7,788 last week , recording gain of around $1,400 within less than a couple of hours last week. Even though this price level has not been scored since last August, the market’s bulls did not manage to keep it above $7,000 for long. However, a new rising upwards trend began to become apparent ... Read More »