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Crooked police chief sentenced to 8 years for dark web shenanigans

Former police chief Yuri Zaitsev was recently sentenced to eight years in prison for acting as a bounty hunter for a dark web marketplace. In December 2018, Zaitsev was working as the leader of his unit within the Main Directorate for Drugs Control of the Republic of Khakassia — a law enforcement division which is analogous …

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A Tor Vulnerability May Have Enabled Dark Web Bitcoin Theft

According to recently published research, an attacker has found vulnerabilities in the Tor browser network that might have allowed them to steal Bitcoin (BTC) from users. Tor was developed by the U.S. government for anonymous internet communication and has since been adopted by privacy advocates. Because of its privacy-preserving features, it is also popular with …

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Monero’s Hashrate Experienced Its Largest Single Day Gains Ever

August 6, Monero (XMR) has experienced its biggest increase in hashrate since the network’s creation in 2014. Monero hashrate. Source: Coin Metrics. The Monero hashrate increased from 1.67 GH/s on August 5 to 2.2 GH/s on August 6. That 0.52 GH/s single day gain is the highest in the project’s history. Prior to this, most …

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Much of Russia’s Blockchain Voter Data Is Now for Sale on the Dark Web

Passport data from 1.14 million Russians is now available for sale on underground shops via the dark web. This data was stolen from citizens who voted in the country’s recent constitutional reform referendum, which utilized Blockchain technology. According to Kommersant, quoting information provided by the hackers, illegal sellers have already sold over “30 thousand lines” …

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Missouri Man Pleads Guilty to Trying to Buy Chemical Weapons With Bitcoin

A 45-year-old Missouri man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges related to his trying to buy chemical weapons on the dark web using $150 in bitcoin. Read the plea deal below: Disclosure The leader in blockchain news, CoinDesk is a media outlet that strives for the highest journalistic standards and abides by a strict set …

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Transnational Cybercrime Group Co-Founder Who Amassed $568M Pleads Guilty

A Russian national behind the cybercriminal enterprise Infraud Organization has pleaded guilty on June 26 to racketeering conspiracy, due to his role as a co-founder and admin of the dark web-based carding portal which generated profits over $568 million. According to the announcement made by the U.S. Department of Justice, or DOJ, 33-year-old Sergey Medvedev, …

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Bitcoin Use on Darknet Markets Jumps 65% in First Quarter

Bitcoin transactions on darknet markets jumped 65% in value during the first quarter to $411 million, according to research by a blockchain analytics firm. The amount of bitcoin sent from darknet entities to mixers also grew rapidly as exchanges with verification requirements became less popular among darknet users. Growing Bitcoin Use on Darknet Markets Crystal …

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Zcash Researchers Discover Criminals Are Laughably Unskilled at Using Crypto

A study by Rand Corporation unveiled that people using Zcash for illicit or criminal purposes in the dark web may not fully understand the underlying technology. According to the 65-page report published on May 7, the US-based think tank and government contractor highlighted that criminals have doubts regarding the anonymity offered by Zcash. The research …

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