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Archive of 1.4 billion credentials in clear text found in dark web archive

A data dump containing over 1.4 billion email addresses, passwords, and other credentials, all in clear text, has been found online by security shop @4iQ. The 41-gigabyte file was discovered on December 5 and had been updated at the end of last month, indicating the data is both current and being used by third parties. The …
Iain Thomson, 12 Dec 2017
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Brit moron tried buying a car bomb on dark web, posted it to his address. Now he's screwed

A British teenager who tried to order a car bomb on the dark web and get it delivered to his address has been found guilty this week. Gurtej Randhawa Failure ... Gurtej Randhawa (Source: NCA) Gurtej Randhawa, 19, of Wightwick, in the West Midlands of England, was cuffed by cops in May after purchasing what he thought was …
Iain Thomson, 9 Nov 2017
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Alleged dark web drug baron cuffed – after he flew to US for World Beard Championships

A French national and suspected online drug dealer has been collared by US government agents – after he flew to America for the World Beard and Mustache Championships. Gal Vallerius, 38, was arrested on August 31 after he landed in the States to attend the contest. US Drug Enforcement Administration officials searched his …
Iain Thomson, 27 Sep 2017
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Dark web doesn't exist, says Tor's Dingledine. And folks use network for privacy, not crime

DEF CON A Tor Project grandee sought to correct some misconceptions about the anonymizing network during a presentation at the DEF CON hacking convention in Las Vegas on Friday. Roger Dingledine, one of the three founders of the Tor Project, castigated journos for mischaracterizing the pro-privacy system as a bolthole exclusively used …
Iain Thomson, 29 Jul 2017
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AlphaBay and Hansa: About those dark web marketplaces takedowns

Analysis A US Federal Bureau of Investigation veteran has spoken out on the international police ops that led to the takedown of dark web drug souks AlphaBay and Hansa, giving an insider's look at the process. Joseph Campbell served for 25 years in the FBI, where he led criminal investigations into child exploitation and the trade in …
John Leyden, 24 Jul 2017
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Cops harpoon two dark net whales in megabust: AlphaBay and Hansa

Two of the largest dark net marketplaces - AlphaBay and Hansa - have been shut down following an international police operation. AlphaBay was the largest criminal souk on the dark web, accessible through a hidden service on the Tor network. Prior to its takedown, AlphaBay reached over 200,000 users and 40,000 vendors, …
John Leyden, 20 Jul 2017

Dial S for SQLi: Now skiddies can order web attacks via text message

Hackers are touting a tool that allows any idiot with a smartphone to conveniently order up mass SQL injection attacks against websites. From what we can tell, you can either rent an instance of the crooks' Katyusha Scanner Pro for $200 per month, or install a copy on your own system for $500. This software uses the Anarchi …
John Leyden, 12 Jul 2017

German police nick alleged admin of dark web gun sales site

German police have arrested a man they suspect of being the administrator of a dark net website. The site is said to have been used to buy a gun used in a 2016 mass murder. The unnamed 30-year-old man was arrested on 8 June in “south west Germany”, according to Sky News. The server used to host the site is said to have been …
Gareth Corfield, 12 Jun 2017

Tip for darknet drug lords: Don't wear latex gloves to the post office

Delivery is the weakest link in the “dark web” drug trade: the postal habits of a large-scale trader have led to his undoing. Chukwuemeka Okparaeke is accused of dealing in very nasty stuff: Fentanyl, a high-strength synthetic opioid the Centre for Disease Control says is 50 times the potency of heroin and was responsible for …
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Dark net webmail provider Sigaint still in the, er, dark

Sigaint, one of the largest dark web email providers, is approaching its third week of unavailability with still no clear signs about what's happening to the service. The site has been down since at least February 11, with no news about what's happening as yet. In the absence of a clear explanation, speculation is, …
John Leyden, 2 Mar 2017
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Dark web hubs paying workers to leak corporate secrets

Staff are taking to the dark web to leak corporate secrets for cash, research reveals. Hackers from US-based risk management outfit RedOwl and Israeli threat intelligence firm IntSights worked their way past the interview process to access the private dark net property Kick Ass Marketplace, where they found evidence of staff …
Darren Pauli, 1 Feb 2017
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Prison librarian swaps books for bars after dark-web gun buy caper

A prison librarian in England was today sentenced to more than seven years in prison for trying to buy a handgun and bullets online and for drug offences. Dwain Osborne, of Avenue Road, Penge, in London, was nabbed in October of 2015 after he sought to procure a Glock 19 – a staple of police and security forces worldwide – and …
Gavin Clarke, 9 Jan 2017

Australian border cops say they've cracked 'dark net' drug sales

Australian authorities say they can detect dark net transactions. We know this because the nation's Border Force (ABF), the black-shirt wearing guardians of Australia's frontiers, says as much in its takedown notice of a "31-year-old man from Port Neill" in the State of South Australia. Said man fell foul of a joint ABF and …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Sep 2016
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Dark web drug sellers shutter location-tracking EXIF data from photos

Criminals have started to aggressively erase EXIF metadata from their photos to make it harder for authorities to locate them, Harvard University students Paul Lisker and Michael Rose find. Unbeknownst to most, digital cameras and smartphones that shoot in JPG or TIFF formats write information on where a photograph was taken, …
Darren Pauli, 19 Sep 2016
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Post-Silk Road, Feds bust chaps for 'dealing heroin, coke' on world's largest dark web souk

Two men from Brooklyn in the US have been indicted on charges of selling heroin and cocaine on AlphaBay – believed to be the world's largest dark web marketplace. Abudullah Almashwali, 31, and Chaudhry Ahmad Farooq, 24, were cuffed on August 2 after agents bought packages of the drugs from members of the Tor-hidden souk …
Iain Thomson, 12 Aug 2016

Going! going! pwned? 200! million! Yahoo! logins! leaked! allegedly!

Updated What's claimed to be the login credentials for 200 million Yahoo! accounts is now on sale through a dark web cybercrime shack. The purported user database dump is being touted by someone called Peace – as in peace_of_mind, the same miscreant who previously sold LinkedIn and Yahoo-owned Tumblr logins – at an asking price of 3 …
John Leyden, 2 Aug 2016
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O2 customer data grab: Not-a-hack creds for sale on dark web

Hackers have gained access to customer data on UK telco O2 – and put it up for sale on the dark web. The compromised data was likely obtained by using usernames and passwords stolen from gaming website XSplit three years ago in order to log onto O2 accounts. When the login details matched, the hackers could access O2 customer …
John Leyden, 26 Jul 2016
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Wannabe West Midlands gun smuggler jailed for ten months

A West Midlands man who bought gun parts on the so-called Dark Web has been sentenced to 10 months in prison. Moynul Haque, 21, paid about £900 in Bitcoins for the slide, barrel and recoil spring of a Glock 9mm pistol. The unnamed seller hid the parts in an antique radio and posted it to Haque from an address in Michigan. …
Drew Cullen, 30 Jun 2016

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