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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 »

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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 »

Mississippi Man Admits Importing Synthetic Cannabinoids to Resell Locally

A Mississippi man pleaded guilty on October 17 to importing the synthetic cannabinoid AB-PINACA and possessing firearms in furtherance of a felony drug trafficking crime, according an announcement from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern Mississippi region. The man had been ordering cannabinoids from a supplier on the internet, preparing them for distribution, and then selling them out ... Read More »

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Medical big data is offered for sale on the darknet

Recently, the concept of the so-called Big Data has become more and more popular, which in the simplest way can be defined as data characterized by extensive volume, diversity and variability. Their analysis goes far beyond simple operations on one given type of information and includes aspects of data analysis, such as the generation of hypotheses, and not simply testing ... 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 »

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 »

Student Bought Pistol Plus Ammunition Via Darknet

The glimpse of weapon brandishing and pro-ammunition laws in one country can delude the youth to think that it is the new world-order. For Assan Hussain, a 23 year Wolverhampton University undergraduate, he was apprehended and sentenced to serve jail time for trying to acquire ammunition from the dark web. The photos presented in the court revealed Assan and some ... Read More »

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Research: How Entrepreneurs React to Negative Feedback on Darknet Marketplaces?

Reputation represents one of the most pivotal assets of an online entrepreneur in marketplaces, particularly within a setting like that of the Darknet’s anonymous marketplaces. However, what would happen whenever this asset is undermined by a shock, i.e. bad reviews, or negative feedback? A recently published paper studied how entrepreneurs on Darknet’s marketplaces react to negative feedback. We will take ... Read More »

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Research: Using BlockTag to monitor sales on darknet marketplaces

Anonymity networks and various forms of darknets, especially those accessible via Tor, along with cryptocurrencies, especially Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Monero, have provided a highly safe and secure ecosystem for trading recreational drugs. Even though this represents a serious challenge when it comes to tracking and monitoring, researchers have proven that these ecosystems are not totally hidden, but rather anonymized or ... Read More »

Ring of Fraudsters that Used Darknet Sourced Information Busted

As more cybercriminals in India turn to the dark web to acquire tools and necessary information to carry out their crimes, the cyber police of Madhya Pradesh busted a ring of fraudsters that sourced information from the darknet and used it to hack into bank accounts of their victims. The five fraudsters were arrested after police launched an investigation into ... Read More »

Another German Darknet Heroin Dealer on Trial

The criminal trial against the 35-year old Paul T (not his real name) for alleged heroin and cocaine distribution through the dark web is currently in session in Germany. A cyber-cop from the Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) or The Federal Criminal Police Office of Germany has been the main figure, a key player in this sting operation which happened nearly a year ... Read More »

Pennsylvania Man Charged With Distributing 12,000 Xanax Pills and Other Drugs from the Darknet

An 18-year-old man known as Noah Hendricks, of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, was recently charged in August with distributing a variety of drugs he had obtained from darknet drug markets. Noah Hendricks, the son of Selinsgrove Borough Council Vice President Shane Hendricks, had already been in prison for much of this year related to drug robbery case. His bail was eventually revoked ... Read More »

Florida Fraudsters Allegedly Used Stolen Credit Cards from the Darknet

In Wakulla County, Florida, a victim of credit card fraud reported several fraudulent charges to detectives at the Sheriff’s Department. Only days later, the police received video footage from a shopping center that revealed four hooded individuals entering the building and frantically swiping the cards at self-checkout stations. The men, investigators later learned, had purchased dozens of stolen credit and ... Read More »

24-year-old Man Arrested for Darknet Drugs in Hyderabad

In Hyderabad, India, a 24-year-old man was arrested by authorities and charged with possession of LSD and other MDMA drugs. The young man worked with one of the leading online shopping sites in this city. The Prohibition and Excise Department (P & E) also said that the young man was found to be cultivating marijuana in his apartment. Some of ... Read More »