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Installing VMware Player in Linux (Tutorial)

In this article, I will be showing you how to install the latest version of Vmware Player on a Linux Distro. For the tutorial I will be using Ubuntu, in particular Ubuntu Mate. I choose Vmware Player over Oracles Virtual Box, due to a number of reasons including simplicity and performance. Navigate to the official Vmware website which currently is ... Read More »

Man sentenced over 300 years for Darkweb child porn case

A resident of Virginia has been sentenced to 300 years in prison for engaging in child pornographic acts. Before his arrest, he had been finding victims for his pornographic acts from the darknet under the screen name, Va Dad4yung. Henrick Styles pleaded guilty to 37 charges but could be in jail for 25 years after forcing a plea deal. This ... Read More »

The Art Of Google Hacking

When it comes to Google, everyone feels confident in knowing what we’re talking about. Google is that nice site that allows us to search whatever we want on the web. More technically, it’s a search engine, something that knows our preferences, our tastes and even (sometimes) our secrets. Google is easy, isn’t it? It appears as a blank page with ... Read More »

19.9.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Bitcoin Vanished During Dream Marketplace Crash According to an announcement on the darknet market’s forums and the Dream subreddit, one of the market’s hard drives crashed, corrupting a Bitcoin wallet file. The corrupted hard drive and wallet.dat impacted not only Dream’s online/offline status, but also user Bitcoin wallets and transaction history. At some point during the ordeal, Dream staff posted ... Read More »

The accused had ordered cocaine, marijuana and weapons on the Internet. Photo: dpa

Man Charged for Ordering Cocaine and Speed in 2015

On Wednesday, the District Court of Hannover reported a set of charges in a case against an alleged drug dealer from Hannover. According to the court, the accused 29-year-old “drug dealer” had ordered cocaine and amphetamine from a darknet marketplace. In total, the alleged dealer had ordered more than three and a half kilograms of the substances. He paid a ... Read More »

Newport Man Admits Selling Adulterated Fentanyl on the Darknet

On August 29, a 25-year-old Newport man pleaded guilty to the distribution of fentanyl and two related charges. Kyle Enos, the now-guilty defendant, appeared in Cardiff Crown Court to enter his guilty plea in a case the National Crime Agency considered much bigger than Enos himself. The case, according to the NCA, has an “international aspect.” During Enos’s Cardiff Crown ... Read More »

Online Vendors Responsible for “Much” of Sweden’s Fake ID Fraud

The Swedish government has planned measures to end the influx of fake IDs circulating the country. According to the police, this fake identity industry “can finance terror as well as other criminal activities.” One of the reasons Fake IDs are so easy to create is that there are too many forms of identification and too many institutions capable of issuing ... Read More »

Vendors in Germany Dealt with Carfentanil and a Biological Weapon

At an unspecified date in “mid 2017,” the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) identified a so-called “group of darknet dealers” and needed the assistance of a special unit of the Köln (Cologne) public prosecutor’s office. They called upon the Central Contact Point for Cybercrime in North Rhine-Westphalia (ZAC NRW). The suspected darknet dealers gave investigators a case with what law ... Read More »

DEA Arrests Two in “RCPowders” Research Chemical Raid

On August 29, DEA agents raided a drug lab in an apartment in Queens, New York City, New York. Wearing hazmat suits, agents from the DEA’s Newark Field Division arrested the apartment owner and the suspected drug dealer, 34-year-old Brian Parker. Meanwhile, at a separate location, officers arrested his suspected accomplice, 29-year-old Victoria Koleski. The duo, according to Acting US ... Read More »

German Authorities Arrested A Dark Web Vendor Group

German law enforcement identified and arrested three persons who allegedly sold narcotics on the dark web. According to the investigators, one of them acted with biological weapons and chemical substances. Recently, after a thorough and complex investigation, Cologne authorities identified and arrested three individuals who were suspected of selling drugs on the dark web. The Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, September 17, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: BTC-e’s new exchange platform is up and running: it’s called WEX BTC-e, one of the oldest Bitcoin exchanges, had been taken down following the arrest of a Russian national in Greece. At the time, the man was believed to be an admin at the exchange, but soon a Bitcointalk ... Read More »

Mirai Malware Mastermind Extradited To The United Kingdom

A hacker, who used the Mirai botnet to conduct attacks on UK banks, was extradited from Germany to the United Kingdom. Daniel Kaye, 29, of Surrey, England, was recently extradited from Germany to the United Kingdom. The 29-year-old could face serious charges including launching cyber attacks against two of the UK’s biggest financial institutions. On August 30, Britain’s National Crime ... Read More »

Sweden May Introduce VPN Surveillance and More Data Retention Requirements

According to documents obtained by Swedish internet service provider Banhof, the Swedish government appears to be interested in increasing the country’s data retention requirements, and may even be interested in starting surveillance of virtual private networks (VPNs) and other anonymization services. Data retention requirements in Sweden first took effect in 2010. Privacy advocates such as Rick Falkvinge, the founder of ... Read More »

Researchers Discover Disabling of Intel ME Backdoor Through NSA Hardware Requirement

Researchers from the cybersecurity company known as Positive Technologies have discovered a way to disable the embedded Management Engine (ME) controller chip of Intel processors. It is also known as a coprocessor. The ME chip allows for remote management of a computer and has long been considered a backdoor. In the past, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has called the ... Read More »

German Law Enforcement to Trial Run a “Cyber-Armed Forces” Center

The State Criminal Police Office in Stuttgart and the Ministry of the Interior, in collaboration with numerous private industry organizations, announced plans for a new law enforcement branch known as the “Cyber-Armed Forces Coordination Center.” Depending on how the pilot program plays out, the Cyber-Armed Forces may set the standard for cyber defense in Germany, Minister of the Interior Thomas ... Read More »