25 May 2021

Russian dark web marketplace Hydra cryptocurrency transactions reached $1.37bn in 2020

Flashpoint and Chainalysis have released a joint report that investigated Hydra, a marketplace on the dark web. The report found that the marketplace’s transaction rates have surged, creating a thriving criminal ecosystem. Hydra has been known for the illegal sale of narcotics since its 2015 inception. However, Hydra now boasts

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07 Apr 2021

Man jailed for trying to buy chemical weapon online able to kill ‘hundreds’ of people

On Tuesday, the US Department of Justice announced that they had arrested and convicted a Missouri man for attempting to buy three 10ml vial batches of highly toxic chemical material through the dark web back in 2018. The man, Jason William Siesser, will spend 12 years in federal prison without

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04 Dec 2020

Darknet Drug Dealers Are Now Selling ‘Pfizer COVID Vaccines’

This week, the UK ordered 40 million doses of the recently approved Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, and the nation is on track to become the first in the world to make the medicine available for general use. In the next few days, hundreds of thousands of doses will be

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23 Sep 2020

179 Arrested in Massive Global Dark Web Takedown

In one of the biggest global dark web takedowns to date, 179 criminals were arrested across six different countries. Authorities seized 500 kilograms of drugs and $6.5 million in cash and cryptocurrency. The operation was announced this morning, however, it’s likely that the cybercrime group was operating since May 3

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03 Sep 2020

Darknet Moderator Jailed for 11 Years

Bryan Herrel, a Colorado native, has been sentenced to 11 years for his involvement in moderating disputes on an illegal darknet marketplace called AlphaBay. Herrell was hired by AlphaBay to mediate arguments between vendors and purchasers. However, the site facilitated hundreds of thousands of illegal transactions involving the sale of

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14 Jul 2020

Leaked Details of 142 Million MGM Hotel Guests Found for Sale on Dark Web

Last summer, the MGM Hotel chain was hit with a cyberattack that now appears to be more expansive than previously estimated. Researchers stumbled upon a database on a dark web market listing 142 million personal details from former guests at the MGM Resorts hotels. This is evidence that the data

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09 Jul 2020

15 Billion Credentials Currently Up for Grabs on Hacker Forums

According to researchers and industry experts, unprecedented amounts of data for accessing bank accounts and streaming services are being sold on the dark web. Fifteen billion usernames and passwords for a wide range of services are currently up for sale on underground marketplaces. A report released Wednesday by Digital Shadows

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29 Jun 2020

‘Cardplanet’ Operator Sentenced to 9 Years for Selling Stolen Credit Cards

Aleksei Burkov, a Russian citizen, has been sentenced to nine years in prison for his responsibility in operating a site selling credit card details that is responsible for $20 million in fraudulent purchases. The dark web forum, called “Cardplanet,” sold hundreds of thousands of stolen payment card numbers that had

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03 Jun 2020

YouTube channel access in high demand on hacker forums

Cybersecurity researchers have noted a high demand for stolen Youtube credentials on various dark web hacking and cybercrime forums, where stolen passwords are often sold in bulk. Sellers often advertise large lists of verified credentials, boasting subscriber count. Researchers state that cybercriminals buying these credentials often have two goals, to

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22 May 2020

Wishbone Breach: 40 Million Records Leaked on Dark Web

Dark web trader ShinyHunters has leaked an alleged 40 million user records stolen from the mobile app Wishbone, stating that they had decided to leak the data for free after individuals started to resell it. Cybersecurity vendor Cyble reported the massive data breach, which marks ongoing tension in the cybercrime

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