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INTERPOL launched its introductory working group on DarkNet and Cryptocurrencies at the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore on April 3. They established that the surge of Altcoins, which projects itself as a substitute for Bitcoin, is very likely to be an imminent menace to law enforcement. In 2015, they held a Darknet training course as part of their programs to identify strategies used by organized crimes. The effect of the previously organized courses is evident, and though a certain degree of crime has been controlled, Darknet still remains a big influence on online crime.
Unfortunately, although some businesses are promoted by cryptocurrencies, crime also pollutes the markets, thriving on the anonymity of cryptocurrency.
Illegal activities such as frauds, scam, and software for ransomware attacks are rampant on the Darknet with the anonymity as a weapon. All this happens because of the decentralized nature and lack of regulation in cryptocurrencies systems, being utilized by hackers to run away with millions of dollars and making crime prevention difficult. This has left people in a quandary not knowing whether to continue investing or spurn the idea of making profits in cryptocurrencies. “Virtual currencies, perhaps most notably Bitcoin, have captured the imagination of some, struck fear among others, and confused the heck out of the rest of us,” said The US Senator, Thomas Carper.
Although this threat is posed, the international police organization, INTERPOL, has not remained passive and they aim to fight crime and make the world a safer place. Over the years, they have tracked the growth spurts in the cashless system and found ways to eschew it. They have organized courses to foster the fight against crime, and this is part of their goal. They also seek to provide courses in the areas of drug and human trafficking. Aside from the organized courses, they partner both public and private organizations in line with their goal to combine forces to fight against crime. As expected, they combined forces with Europol to uphold the fight against cybercrime last year.
In collaboration with the German Bavarian Ministry of Justice, INTERPOL recruited 39 members standing in for 18 participating countries and Europol on April 3. The candidates identified that the sharp surge in darknet markets, various cryptocurrencies, and cryptocurrency mixers was an imminent threat. Although using forensics helps in tracking down criminals, it has become more of a cat and mouse chase since criminals keep upgrading their systems to defeat the efforts of law enforcement. One of the difficulties involves anonymity. There have been many reports linking the rapid rise of cyber crimes and other related crime to the shield of being anonymous which the darknet provides free of charge. This has made Interpol consider all darknet crime elimination as the first option to uprooting online crimes.
With an annual budget of €113 million, Interpol stays committed to facilitating cooperation to fight against online crimes. However, the number of darknet users has increased significantly after the Silk Road shut down.
An idea that stirred up emotions of members was on the importance of exchanging and sharing information to accentuate and rationalize procedures and efforts. Advanced uses of forensic artifacts and its benefits were also highlighted at the meeting. Additional suggestions included the creation of an international investigation guides and the use of database concepts to store and retrieve knowledge in the domain of cryptocurrency. Members were encouraged by the Director of the INTERPOL Innovation Centre, Anita Hazenberg, to work together as a strong collaborative force in combating crime associated with cryptocurrency.
As many technological methods are used for online crimes with many upgrades, regulatory bodies ought to understand this highly advanced technology of cryptocurrency to equally match the threat it imposes. The members, therefore, agreed to adequately prepare for skill development and training to increase their competence and performance. Challenging areas like anonymity, decentralized escrow services and obtaining tracking tools for Altcoins, all have to be well mastered and understood before the October 2018 meeting in Germany.
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Although the darknet thrives on anonymity, Law Enforcement officials such as the FBI and the US Postal Inspectors are partly responsible for putting a stop to opioid distribution using the right techniques. Through determination and cooperation, J-CODE-the Joint Criminal Opioid DarkNet Enforcement team launched an Operation called “Disarray,” where buyers and sellers of opioids and cocaine were targeted. This four-day long law enforcement operation was a premiere intervention by the J-CODE and it led to targeted results which were announced by United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions, among others.
According to the Attorney General, synthetic opioids are responsible for most of the recorded drug overdose deaths. “Synthetic opioids are responsible for nearly one-third of the unacceptable 64,000 drug overdoses in America in 2016. Some of the deadliest drugs can be purchased with a few clicks of a [mouse button] and ordered online [at home]” he said.
There have been reports that the darknet has had a large influence on high drug overdose death in the US, and this has been confirmed by the result released.
The J-CODE has a way of ending online opioid sales, and it is already getting results. Jeff Session also announced the “first nationwide J-CODE operation that led to the arrest of alleged drug traffickers across American borders.” He expressed his gratitude to the law enforcement partners who helped to make this possible. He thanked President Trump for his strong support too.
This may not be a surprise as the Center for Diseases Control released that synthetic Opioid was responsible for about 20,000 drug overdose death in America in 2016. A test was conducted on people who died of overdose death in over 10 states. FBI Director Christopher Wray said: “Our work to combat drug trafficking has taken us from coast to coast and to the darkest corners of the web.”
He said that the opioid epidemic appears to be a public health crisis, and those in the law enforcement arena must be relentless in their efforts to disrupt this illicit activity. He gave thanks to the partners in this operation; through J-CODE, and assured them that they will continue to work together to tackle the sale of opioids on the Darknet.
After sets of interviews were made during this four-day operation, it was discovered that 19 people died from overdose. Authorities conducted a search which led to the arrest of eight suspects and the seizing of weapons, drugs, fake currency and other equipment.
As part of the operation, the team educated other officers with literature on the dangers of opioid use. Most of the states in America have their share of drug overdose related deaths, and Utah remains one of the leading States with an unprecedented annual Opioid rise. Utah was reported to have recorded 78 percent rise of Fentanyl overdose death in 2016, and this number is likely to rise in the coming years.
Guy Cottrell, Chief Postal Inspector admitted and explained how the postal service can play its role to prevent opioid influx: “The Postal Inspection Service is dedicated to protecting the American public.” According to him, one of the ways to fulfill this mission is by working tirelessly with other law enforcement agencies keep dangerous drugs out of the communities they serve. The FDA stressed on the need to increase its focus on fentanyl and other synthetic opioids.
With such a discovery, authorities are expected to take the necessary steps to control the high rate of opioid trafficking in the country, and a subsequent reduction of drug overdose death in the USA.
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Police in Amsterdam arrested two suspected darknet dealers in Monday, April 9. According to an announcement on politie.nl, the men shipped “thousands” of packages of drugs across the world.
The arrests took place not long after Dutch authorities conducted a ‘knock and talk’ operation that resulted in one immediate arrest and numerous candidates for a future arrest spree. Many of the people visited by the police had ordered very small amounts of drugs—often ecstasy—and simply listened to a warning from the police. Some of the people visited by police, though, had ordered large enough amounts of drugs to warrant further investigation by the police. Authorities suspected that many of the buyers may have purchased drugs simply to resell them.
The announcement covering the recent arrest of the 24-year-old and 25-year-old Amsterdam residents never revealed the marketplace(s) used by the suspected dealers. Hansa market, though, most likely made the list of markets. The announcement noted that the men “ran several webshops [on the darknet].” Like many vendors, the two suspects may have owned their own personal vendor shops (on their own onion services).
In the recent past, the community has seen marketplaces unexpectedly seized by authorities, marketplaces pulled offline by the owners in exit scams, and some that simply vanished without stealing anyone’s bitcoin. Some, of course, only disappeared after one of the community’s resident penetration testers noticed significant flaws in a site’s infrastructure. Even though OpenBazaar markets have not yet been fully accepted by the community, personal vendor shops have existed for years.
According to the announcement, the duo sold “all kinds of hard drugs” on their webshops. The announcement mentioned LSD, ecstasy pills, MDMA, and cocaine. The pair allegedly mailed their drugs in airtight packaging to customers in France, Romania, Switzerland, the United States, and elsewhere. Officials said the airtight packaging was used to avoid package interception. It should be of no surprise that the authorities will likely intercept packages anyway.
On the morning of April 9, the police arrested both men and subsequently raided four houses. Either the men owned more than one house each or the authorities suspected the men had worked with accomplices. The announcement made no mention of additional suspects. The house searches yielded various amounts of drugs, money, “valuable goods,” and a pistol. Police seized everything as evidence. Both men have been held for questioning.
Although their identities on the darknet remain unknown, readers with a sharp eye or armchair detectives on Dread will likely identify the vendors following publication. The Dutch police have historically publicized their successful arrests by including the vendor’s darknet identity. If they plan to reveal the identity of these two men, it might not happen until after a conviction—if that happens.
Throughout the week, an unusually high number of darknet market vendors landed in police custody or faced a judge for sentencing. The cases revealed that United States law enforcement has been targeting opioid dealers for, in since cases, years. And in Austria, amphetamine redistributors keep getting caught via ‘return to sender’ packages. Before are some cases DeepDotWeb covered this week.
Two Pennsylvania Men Charged for Fentanyl Distribution
In this case, authorities in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, charged Jamil Chapman and one of his nephews, Nasai Chapman, with possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute and an array of related crimes. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele said the men had been selling hundreds of grams of fentanyl and carfentanil they had ordered from the darknet.
The case itself began after Jamil Chapman overdosed on heroin at the apartment he had been using to store and pack fentanyl. When the man surrendered to a detention center to serve a relatively short sentence for possession of heroin, the police received a tip that someone in his former apartment complex had been ordering fentanyl and carfentanil from the darknet. They confirmed that Jamil’s nephew, Nasai, had been using the apartment for suspected drug trafficking activities. Jamil, despite the phone system’s warnings about recorded conversations, continued to manage the operation from inside the detention center. The police listened to every call between the two suspected traffickers.
Before Jamil’s incarceration, he had rented another apartment complex. The police obtained a search warrant for the apartments; searched them; found both fentanyl and carfentanil; and found evidence the men had been using the darknet to traffic the drugs. Both have been charged with possession with intent, unlawful use of a communications device, dealing with proceeds of a crime, and corrupt organization.
Three Found Guilty in Fatal Fentanyl Conspiracy Case
During an eight day trial, three Nashville, Tennessee, men were found guilty of conspiracy to distribute fentanyl. In total, eight individuals have been convicted of conspiracy to distribute fentanyl. According to an announcement from state officials, the three most recently convicted were Joedon Bradley, Johnny Williams, and Jonathan Barrett. Bradley, court documents revealed, played the most significant role in the operation.
The investigation revealed that Bradley and a previously convicted member of the drug trafficking organization had been producing counterfeit oxycodone pills at a large scale. They created the pills with fentanyl, alprazolam, and acetaminophen (Tylenol). And pill binders, of course. Then other convicted members of the conspiracy trafficked the pills in the thousands through the darknet and through alternative local channels. All eight conspirators are currently awaiting their sentencing hearing where they face lengthy prison sentences with mandatory minimums.
Dream Vendor ‘OxyGod’ Arrested in DEA Operation
Three Orange County, California, men operated the darknet market vendor account ‘OxyGod’. OxyGod, in an increasingly common trend, never actually sold oxycodone. A six-month DEA and Costa Mesa Police Department investigation targeted the source of fake oxycodone pills that contained fentanyl or cyclopropyl fentanyl—depending on whatever the team had in stock. Through the OxyGod account on Dream market and others, the three men distributed more than 100,000 pills, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Central District of California revealed.
The indictment accused the following three men: Wyatt Pasek, Isaiah Suarez, and Duc Cao. Law enforcement officers said the group pressed fake “A 125” oxycodone pills and sold them on the darknet. Local authorities had obtained a sample of the pills before an investigation into the group started, but the DEA quickly identified one of the group members at the Post Office. After a brief investigation that involved following the suspects to the post office and to their respective homes, federal authorities obtained a warrant for a batch of packages one of the members of the group had dropped off. They found thousands of fake oxycodone pills.
In the raid that followed the package seizure, authorities found a pill press, fentanyl and cyclopropyl fentanyl powder, pill binders, alprazolam powder, and other equipment used in drug trafficking operations. All three are being held on one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.
Gun Collector Arrested for Buying Pistols on the Darknet
The Customs Investigation Office in Frankfurt and the Central Office of Cybercrime in Bavaria announced the capture of a 54-year-old German man who had purchased multiple guns and gun parts from a vendor on the darknet. Very little information surfaced after the case. The official press release lacked any detailed information on the bust or the details that led to the man’s capture.
Lukas Knorr, head of the Central Office of Cybercrime, indicated that the case and investigation had not been completed. He said that protocol prevents detailed information from being disclosed. Like in previous darknet firearm cases in Germany, the authorities have likely arranged a deal with the suspect in an effort to capture other darknet gun buyers or sellers. They have made the same move in nearly every darknet vendor arrest. Also, it is not unlikely that the authorities caught the 54-year-old through a compromised vendor account. They have successfully flipped a number of vendors, including one of the more famous gun vendors in Germany—the Munich Glock vendor.
Three Austrians Charged for Darknet Distribution
The 2017 arrest of a suspected drug dealer by the Salzburg National Police Directorate led to the arrest of two suspected associates in late March 2018. After the 2017 arrest, the LPD discovered that the man had used the darknet to sell drugs to at least 22 customers. They allegedly managed to confirm the identity of some of the customers. At some point during the investigation, the LPD learned that the originally arrested suspect had worked with two local accomplices.
Through a means the police did not reveal, the LPD caught a 25-year-old and a 43-year-old who had both allegedly worked with the original suspect. One can make an educated guess as to how the police almost instantly identified two suspects they had not even known about for nearly six months. In addition to the 22 suspected darknet drug buyers connected to the first suspect, the police identified roughly individuals who purchased drugs from one of the second suspects. Both of the second suspects allegedly had drugs in their houses and in their possession.
15 Years in Prison for Millionaire Weed Dealer
48-year-old Michael Gordon of Randolph, Massachusetts, will spend 15 years in prison for running a marijuana distribution operation that earned him millions of dollars. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts celebrated the Drug Enforcement Administration’s work in a press release that revealed the impressively structured operation that allowed Gordon to distribute more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana in a short period of time.
His customers made orders from across the United States and the number of customers increased more rapidly than Gordon could initially steadily (and safely) supply. So he took on a partner to help launder the money he had earned and help him receive the packages of marijuana that his supplier had shipped him. The accomplice started renting new apartments in an effort to prevent a pileup of suspicious packages at addresses associated with Gordon. The accomplice—who is currently waiting for sentencing—helped Gordon launder money through real estate and vehicles. The government, of course, has seized all of the houses and cars.
Almost one year ago, Gerren Johnson and William Jackson were arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Linda T. Walker on federal firearm trafficking charges. Both men had used Blackmarket Reloaded (BMR) to sell Glocks and other weapons to buyers across the globe. In April 2018, at a U.S. District Court in Georgia, Johnson received a 33 month prison sentence in exchange for his guilty plea.
A 2013 investigation led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) ultimately resulted in the identification of the BMR vendors CherryFlavor and WorldWide Arms. Working alongside other federal authorities, the ATF and United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) intercepted or examined 50 or more packages that contained firearms via investigators in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Austria, Germany, and elsewhere.
“According to ATF, firearms were recovered in Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Australia, Austria, the Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, Sweden, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Zambia,” the sentencing memorandum explained.
Dutch authorities found a semi-automatic pistol linked to a darknet market purchase from Gerren Johnson and the other members of the gun smuggling ring. And law enforcement in France found a another semi-automatic pistol—a Glock 17—that had also been purchased on the darknet from the same vendors.
Australia played one of the more significant roles in the investigation and may have been impacted by the influx of illegal weapons for the most. The investigation eventually led the ATF to Atlanta. They suspected the vendors resided in or around the Georgia city, but had not learned the identities of the suspects. Although they did not know who the vendors were, they likely knew more than one individual running the operation. The number of guns sold on the BMR, Utopia, and Agora darknet markets climbed to 15 guns every month–all legally obtained.
They found that the conspirators had been buying guns legally from an online shop called OutDoorTraders. Through a series of search warrant executions, witness interviews, and standard police work, the ATF connected the online purchases from the original buyers to a group of four men: William Jackson, Sherman Jackson, Brendan Person, and Gerren Johnson. All but William Jackson lived in Atlanta.
Sherman Jackson and Brendan Person both pleaded guilty before Gerren Johnson and William Jackson had even been arraigned. They pleaded guilty to gun smuggling charges. The federal indictment charged Johnson with dealing firearms without a license, illegal delivery of firearms, and illegal smuggling charges. Johnson’s guilty plea to a single smuggling charge saved him from far more prison time than good 33 month sentence. In federal prison, unless he loses his head, Johnson will only serve 28 months in prison.
Judge Stefan Weickert, at a District Court in Munich, sentenced a 29-year-old man to four years in prison for illegally buying cocaine and amphetamine from the darknet. The man lived with his grandmother in Weilheim, Germany, at the time of his arrest in May 2017. His grandmother, unaware of the package’s contents, accepted the package that led to her grandson’s arrest.
According to the Public Prosecutor’s Office, the 29-year-old had ordered a significant amount of illegal substances on the darknet. They accused the man of narcotics trafficking. The evidence, they said, proved that the man had ordered drugs to resell on the streets. The man, on the other hand, argued that he had only purchased the drugs for personal use. He said he struggled with drug addiction and admitted he had trouble financing his drug use but worked legitimate jobs to fund his purchases.
His grandmother knew ‘young people’ ordered “computer games” and “clothing” from stores on the internet. She had no reason to believe her grandson had ordered anything illegal when the package arrived at her front door. “She was completely unaware,” the 29-year-old said when referring to his grandmother’s lack of involvement. Fortunately for the innocent grandmother, the investigators never actively (or openly) investigated her activities in connection with her grandson’s arrest.
The police first caught onto the man’s activities in February. They intercepted a package that contained one kilogram of amphetamine and 50 grams of cocaine. The package was addressed to the Weilheim address of the man’s grandmother. Investigators delivered the package to the man’s grandmother’s house where she unknowingly accepted a package filled with illegal drugs. In the months following the first package interception and controlled delivery, the grandson moved out of his grandmother’s house and into his own apartment.
After he had moved to his own apartment, the 29-year-old purchased another kilogram of amphetamine. The police, in a move that likely only surprised the 29-year-old, intercepted the second package of amphetamine as well. After intercepting the package, German authorities obtained a search warrant for the 29-year-old’s apartment. They found evidence that he had ordered the drugs from the darknet and had used bitcoin to pay for the amphetamine. Three police also found MDMA at his apartment and secured a provisional arrest warrant.
He sat in custody for 11 months before his April 2018 hearing. He told the court that up until his arrest, he had been working regularly. The company that had hired him confirmed the employment status; they had not fired him. The 29-year-old told the court that he wanted to try life without drugs and that he knew he could enjoy life without drugs if given the chance. He had been smoking marijuana and doing amphetamines from as early as age 17. He blamed bullies at his school for his teenage drug use.
Judge Stefan Weickert contemplated sending the man to prison directly. However, the judge issued a four year prison sentence and suspended it for two years. “If this does not work then you can start the jail-career forever,” the judge warned.
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A former darknet vendor recently started serving his prison sentence for his role in a cocaine and heroin trafficking operation. Chaudhry Ahmad Farooq, a 25-year-old Pakistani national, worked alongside 33-year-old Abdullah Almashwali in Brooklyn, New York, to ship drugs across the United States through the United States Postal Service. Almashwali received his prison sentence in July 2017 and Farooq got his earlier this year.
At his July sentencing hearing, the judge handed Almashwali a much lengthier sentence than Farooq received in 2018. Almashwali, with a six year sentence, will stay in the high security USP Canaan until late April 2022. Farooq, on the other hand will sit in the privately contracted Moshannon Valley Correctional Center until June 2019. The significantly different sentences matched the roles played by Almashwali and Farooq.
According to the court documents filed by agents during the federal investigation into the duo’s drug operation, federal agents first noticed and connected Farooq to the trafficking conspiracy. The court documents revealed that throughout the investigation, investigators found that Farooq made more trips to and from the post office than any other recognizable criminal behavior.
Although the courts attributed the vendor accounts ‘DarkApollo’ and ‘Area51’ to both Almashwali and Farooq, court documents acknowledged that Almashwali effectively owned the accounts and controlled the front end of the operation. In the case, he controlled the interactions with customers and arrangements with suppliers. Farooq, for the most part, made supply runs, filled the orders passed down to him from Almashwali, and picked up packages of heroin, cocaine, and other substances intended for resale.
In what seemed likely an unusual twist, Almashwali—not Farooq—filled and shipped the packages that federal authorities in California had ordered in an undercover capacity. Authorities in New York managed to track the orders back to Almashwali through financial records at the Post Office; Almashwali had used his personal information to purchase postage. Farooq, however, indirectly leaked his identity through the DarkApollo vendor account PGP key. He added his personal email address to the key and seemingly never noticed. (He also sold drugs on the darknet for a surprisingly long time after effectively signing his name to every drug transaction filled by DarkApollo.
His PGP key contained an email address that Farooq had used to sign up for Twitter, Instagram, and other social networks. Investigators, once they had his information from Twitter, matched his name and picture to a Facebook account under the same name. The investigation basically started and ended with the email address. But for conspiracy to distribute heroin, Farooq will spend the next 23 months in prison.
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It’s exactly a few minutes past 4:00 pm in Burnie, Tasmania’s North West. A darkish sedan pulls over to a small group of people gathered by some shops.
The rear window is down as money is exchanged for portions of the drug ice. “It’s like the ice-cream truck for druggies,” one of them says.
Data reports show that the percentage of Tasmanian drug addicts taking ice over a less concentrated form of methamphetamine has radically and dramatically risen, with investigation reports raising alarm on technology which is making drugs available to users than ever before.
Most of the individuals in the coverage have been changed for privacy reasons,
Maria walks sluggishly along the suburban street in Burnie while chatting on her cell phone. She knocks on a door of a stripped pale painted house and walks in. Minutes later she walks out with hundreds of dollars in cash money bills.
She has been a user and a dealer of several drugs for almost a decade. She sells what customers want and overwhelmingly, the drug at this moment is ice.
The activities she does are a mix of face to face contact with some of the customers she thinks she can trust and communication through encrypted massager apps such as Wickr for new and suspicions customers.
“People have always been using drugs, and I am sure that if I don’t do it someone else somewhere will. Most people I deal with are in pain and have a lot of problems. These drugs bring them an escape…”
On the question of where she gets her supply from, Maria says that giving out such information would put her in danger. But she admitted that one of the bikie gang in Tasmania was a key factor in the dealings.
“We get our supplies all over, but most especially up here it’s from the mainland,” she continued.
It is clear that drug activities at the port facilities in Burnie have been on the rise in recent years. However, key entry points for controlled substances such as Burnie and Devonport have been suspended.
34-year-old Mark, a father of four, is in severe pain. He has not seen his children for six years now. He started using drugs at the age of 14 to deal with personal emotional trauma and what he referred to as a difficult childhood. However, he is optimistic and determined to turn his life around after he lost his teeth to the ravages of ice and after discovering the body of one of his friends who had died overdosing in his home.
“It was on a Monday that he was supposed to leave, I woke up only to find him dead on the couch. I don’t want to die,” he says, “I want to live, I want to see my children again.”
Sally, yet another victim, was physically and sexually abused by a close member of her family in her teenage years. Substance and drug abuse followed. “I hope by sharing my story we can demonstrate and show people from all dimensions of life that we can actually fall into this trap,” she says. “Drugs are evil, but addiction is human. Care and understanding save lives … rehabilitation is what saved my own life.”
“Predominantly ice is being supplied by mainland dealers, but in the mail we are detecting things also coming from overseas,” Detective Inspector Colins Riley, the head of Tasmania’s South Drug Investigation Service said. “There are a lot of pharmaceutical grade products being shipped from China. Over 70 percent of the methamphetamine shipped into Australia, and over the past five years all originated from China. It is a pharmaceutical industry problem that is huge.”
According to inspector Riley, the increased number of outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMCGs) is a major concern in Tasmania. “There is no question about it, the OMCGs are on the inside of the dark web, and they are either supplying or receiving,” he said.
The northern bikie gang claims to only meeting the demands of the people and that technology is playing a major role for drug dealings within the world of organized crime. “Of course we use things that cannot be traced, it’s common business sense. It’s better to have an organized crime base than the unorganized one which is sloppy and deadly,” he concluded.
The Tasmanian Drug Trend annual report showed that the proportion of drug users using ice as their primary drug of choice have increased rapidly with 88 percent now using the crystal form of ice. The proportion of addicts for whom methamphetamine was their drug chose increased from 18 percent in 2010 to 35 percent in 2017.
Sarah Charlton, the chief executive officer at Holyoake, a counseling service center for those affected by drug addiction notes that the rate at which ice is being preferred is worrying. “Ice is now prolific, and we have heard from our clients that one can have it delivered to the doorsteps a few hours after placing an order on the dark web,” Ms. Charlton said. “We have also encountered the use of a hardcore crystal form of the drug. This is what we would call a crisis.”
Gerhard Willemse, a clinical service manager of the Bridge program at the Salvation Army says that addicts are people too and should not be discriminated in any way as we are all venerable at different times. “100 percent of the 79 addicts who have accessed the bridge program services in the past two years have shown positive recovery results after abstaining from the drugs for over six months,” says Willemse.
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A massive data breach of the MyFitnessPal app revealed over 150 million user credentials and personal data to cyber hackers. Under Armour Inc. stated that the list of corporates victims of hacking and cyber-attacks last week hurt share prices by almost 4.6%.
Social security numbers, driving license numbers, and credit card and debit data were not part of the stolen credentials, thankfully. However, email addresses, passwords and accounts usernames which were directing linked with accessing MyFitnessPal portal were compromised.
According to a Bloomberg report, Under Armour noticed the data breach earlier last week. Immediately since then, the corporation has taken the necessary measures to inform its MyFitnessPal users through in-app messages and emails. The firm’s stocks, which had increased by around 13 percent earlier to start the new year, fell by as much as 4.6 percent to $15.69 in off-period trading.
“These email addresses are very valuable to hackers and spammers since the attackers would know that active, real users behind these email addresses,” said Kirda Engin, a professor from Boston. “Such stolen data and information are usually advertised and sold to the highest bidder on the dark web,” she added.
Under Armour acquired the MyFitnessPal app for $475 million in 2015. It is a mobile app that provides beneficial nutrition services to millions of people allowing them to track their exercise routine, diet and caloric intake. It became part of Under Armour’s connected fitness division, expounding on the company’s athletic apparel and raised 1.8 percent of the mother’s company’s $5 billion last year in terms of annual revenue.
Information and data directly related to accessing MyFitnessPal portal such as email addresses, account usernames and passwords were stolen in the unfortunate incident.
Massive data breaches are on the rise. This particular breach is the biggest so far this year and among the top five to date globally. Rating on basis of the number of stolen or compromised records, the three billion Yahoo data breach in 2013 still remains the worst of them all, followed by the 500 million Yahoo email accounts hacked in 2014. The others according to LeakedSource, include the 412 million adult-website credentials compromised from FriendFinder Networks Inc., the biggest of its kind in 2016 and the 360 million compromised Myspace accounts in 2016.
Leadership at Under Armour has only admitted to working with data security firms and law enforcement agencies on cyber crimes but has not provided full details of the hack or what exactly transpired—how data was pulled without anyone noticing, let alone anyone being caught, or even how its network was secretly accessed. Data security experts do not believe that such stolen credentials would be useless in the hands of unauthorized parties even though more sensitive credentials were not accessed.
In 2015, according to US federal indictment reports, email address stolen in a similar data breach from JPMorgan Chase where about 83 million accounts were compromised in 2014, were all eventually used by unauthorized parties to boost stock prices on domestic exchanges in the pump-and-pump schemes.
“As we continue to monitor for the suspicious activity and coordinate with data security firms and law enforcement agencies, we advise all MyFitnessPal users to immediately change their accounts passwords,” Under Armour advised as revealed on its company’s website saying it also added that the company was bolstering systems which are developed to prevent such incidents from reoccurring in the future by detecting and blocking illicit access to important information.
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This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments.
Islamic scholar claims Bitcoin is Sharia law compliant
Mufti Muhammad Abu Bakar, a Sharia advisor and compliance officer at Blossom Finance, recently argued Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies can be Sharia law compliant in certain cases. According to Bakar, Bitcoin can be Halal (permitted) if it is used as a payment method, or is recognized as a legal currency. If this conclusion were to be accepted in the Islamic wor,d the market could now be open to as much as 1.6 billion Muslims. His research paper reads:
- “In Germany, Bitcoin is recognized as a legal currency and therefore qualifies as Islamic money in Germany. In countries such as the US, Bitcoin lacks official legal monetary status but is accepted for payment at a variety of merchants, and therefore qualifies as Islamic customary money.”
Santander uses Ripple technology to launch blockchain payments app
Spanish banking giant Banco Santander recently used Ripple’s xCurrent to launch a blockchain-based payments app dubbed “One Pay FX.” Reportedly, Santander is now the first bank to “roll out a blockchain-based international payments service to retail customers in multiple countries simultaneously.” The app is available in Spain, Brazil, Poland, and the United Kingdom. It is set to roll out in other countries in the future. Through a press release, the financial institution’s executive chairman Ana Botin stated:
- “One Pay FX uses blockchain-based technology to provide a fast, simple and secure way to transfer money internationally – offering value, transparency, and the trust and service customers expect from a bank like Santander. From today, customers in the UK can use One Pay to transfer money across Europe and to the US. In Spain, customers can transfer to UK and US, while customers in Brazil and Poland can transfer to the UK.”
Rockefellers, Rothschilds & George Soros to start investing in cryptocurrencies
Some of the largest institutional investors out there are reportedly about to start investing in cryptocurrencies. This week, reports emerged suggesting George Soros is preparing to invest as Adam Fisher, who controls his Soros Fund Management, revealed he received internal approval to enter the crypto markets. The Rockefellers, through Venrock, the family’s venture-capital arm, may also be getting in on the markets as the cryptocurrency investment fund recently revealed a partnership between the two organizations.
The Rothschilds, another extremely wealthy family, is reportedly also entering the cryptocurrency space as Russia Today reports it purchased Bitcoin through the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust. These big investors likely entered the market thanks to the recent dip.
Venezuela claims Trump’s Petro ban doubled the number of interested investors
According to reports, the executive secretary of Venezuela’s Blockchain Observatory, Daniel Peña, claimed in an interview that US president Donald Trump’s Petro (PTR) ban, barring US citizens and residents from purchasing the country’s oil-backed cryptocurrency, was actually beneficial as it doubled the number of buyers looking to acquire it. Peña implied that if someone as important as Trump spent time addressing the Petro, it only meant the country was going in the right direction by launching it.
Per his words, Venezuela had “more or less 400 clients” looking to buy the oil-backed cryptocurrency per day before Trump’s Petro ban. After his ban, the number doubled to 800.
India and Pakistan clamp down on cryptocurrencies
India’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), barred banks from having links to cryptocurrency-related businesses this week, citing various concerns. The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), another central bank, issued a separate statement clarifying that cryptocurrencies aren’t legal tender in the country, and telling banks to refuse doing business with customers seeking cryptocurrencies.
According to CNBC, Pakistan’s central bank further warned those who attempt to use cryptocurrencies to move funds outside the country will be prosecuted. Responding to India’s move – before Pakistan released its announcement – billionaire Tim Draper stated that the country was making a “huge mistake.”
He was quoted as saying:
- If I had a meeting with Modi [India’s prime minister], I would have let him know he is making a huge mistake.”
Bitcoin at $8,046 as market starts recovering
This week the bears started on top, but the cryptocurrency market soon recovered as Bitcoin jumped as much as $1,000 in about 30 minutes. The flagship cryptocurrency then surprisingly maintained its gains and managed to stay around the $8,000 mark. At press time, Bitcoin is trading at $8,046, while its market cap is of $132 billion. Its dominance is of 42.6%.
RIGHT ON Brother! Low life parasites like them have caused so many problems for the legit crowd.
Lmao. Every person who gets bagged is just extremely stupid it seems like. Linking your actual email to your pgp key? ? REALLY? Lol..
So are they trying to say that it’s almost safer to download a large application file on the clearnet? Like using Utorrent through a link on the pirate bay as opposed to using the pirate bay’s .onion extension? As far as tracking goes. I need a large file.
What is your source that Ross provided private keys?
If it’s a mac, it won’t have an .exe file
No. The Police does not directly intercept the Pakage.
First it will be an easy controll by Customs and suspicious pakages will be seperated. Once they find out the something illegal in the pakage by the help of professionals and sometimes they use trained dogs for that, they will notice the pakaging and send you the pakage and a written report to Police Office. After that almost every similar pakaging will be controlled professionaly and if this accures more than many times than just wait in front of your Haus Door till angels come and take you to the paradise
He BETTER be glad he wasn’t in the US. MAN! what a justice system.
that’s abt the last time there were any genuine DNM gun-dealers….
nothing but shite-eating scammers and low-life copper cunts since then! 😠
Fuck, if a high tolerance user was using them, they could OD on the acetaminophen before the other two drugs. Though, I suppose those people are doing CWEs, or not talking pills with acetaminophen to begin with
Fuck fentanyl assholes. That’s what’s caused this huge media focus on opiates, and created these crazy restrictions in panic. These motherfuckers cut their shit with fentanyl, and kill people. They should be put away for as long as any murderer.
Fucking fentanyl. And fuck drug companies, insurance companies. Frick em all. My insurance won’t pay for buprenorphine patches. They literally recommend fentanyl patches as an alternative that they WILL pay for. Now tell me that isn’t crazy.