Crypto Crime Fell Sharply to Only 0.3% of All Cryptocurrency Activity in 2020

Crypto Crime Fell Sharply to Only 0.3% of All Cryptocurrency Activity in 2020A study by blockchain analytics firm Chainalysis finds that cryptocurrency-related crime has fallen significantly. The criminal share of all crypto activity fell to just 0.34% in 2020. This contradicts recent statements by U.S. Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen and ECB President Christine Lagarde that cryptocurrencies are mostly used for illicit financing. Crypto Crime Plummeted in […]

Darknet Giant White House Market Drops Bitcoin, Supports Monero Payments Only

Darknet Giant White House Market Drops Bitcoin, Supports Monero Payments OnlyThe prominent darknet marketplace, White House Market, has dropped bitcoin payments and now accepts monero only. The darknet marketplace administrators detailed that there was an issue with a payment processor blocking Tor exit nodes, but the full transition to monero was always planned. A number of crypto proponents have reported on the darknet marketplace, White […]

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Televend’s Complex System of Telegram Drug Bots Swell as German Police Seize 9 Telegram Drug Channels

Televend’s Complex System of Telegram Drug Bots Swell as German Police Seize 9 Telegram Drug ChannelsDuring the last few months following the departure of the infamous Empire darknet market (DNM), a great number of DNM users have been flocking to alternative vendors. More recently, a new bot service on Telegram called Televend has been attracting tens of thousands of users and the service has grown colossal since it was first […]

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A System of Robot Drug Dealers on Telegram Allows People to Buy Illegal Products for Bitcoin

A System of Robot Drug Dealers on Telegram Allows People to Buy Illegal Products for BitcoinThere’s a new avenue darknet market (DNM) customers have found that allows them to purchase illegal wares 24 hours a day via a robot drug dealer hosted on Telegram. The platform dubbed ‘Televend,’ is an automated software program that peddles illicit narcotics for people paying with bitcoin and during the last few months, the complex […]

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While Darknet Users Search for New Markets, Global Law Enforcement Reveals Mass Arrests

While Darknet Users Search for New Markets, Global Law Enforcement Reveals Mass ArrestsDuring the last month since the fall of Empire Market, darknet market (DNM) patrons have been migrating to alternative markets. Meanwhile, global law enforcement recently arrested 179 individuals tied to DNMs and seized over $6.5 million in cryptocurrency and cash proceeds. It hasn’t been a good month for DNM users after the fall of Empire […]

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Ciphertrace Allegedly Builds Monero-Tracing Tools, XMR Proponents Disagree

Ciphertace Allegedly Builds Monero-Tracing Tools, XMR Proponents DisagreeThe blockchain surveillance firm Ciphertrace claims to have created the “world’s first” monero tracing tools for law enforcement. According to the company announcement, Ciphertrace developed forensic tools for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in order to track illicit monero transactions. Despite the firm’s claims, there is zero evidence provided that prove the company […]

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Lockdown Life & Darknets: BTC Still the DNM King, Cashaa’s Stolen Coins Sent to Hydra, Cannabis Sales Surge

Lockdown Life & Darknets: BTC Still the DNM King, Cashaa's Stolen Coins Sent to Hydra, Cannabis Sales SurgeDuring the last six months, the Covid-19 outbreak has caused a lot of disarray in the world and one thing is for sure, the use of darknet markets has surged. While the citizens of the globe have been locked down, cannabis sales have skyrocketed and the dollar value of bitcoin transactions done privately has remained […]

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Bitcoin Users Leery of Tor: 23% of the Network’s Exit Capacity Compromised

Bitcoin Users Leery of Tor: 23% of the Network’s Exit Capacity CompromisedHackers are stealing bitcoin through the large-scale use of malicious relays on the Tor network according to a newly published research report on the subject. The researcher dubbed “nusenu” said he warned people about the growing problem in December 2019 but instead of improving Tor exit relay activity “things have become even worse,” he stressed. […]

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142 Million Guests: Hackers Attempt to Sell MGM Grand Data Dump for Cryptocurrency

Last year the giant resort firm MGM Grand was hacked and the cybercriminals ostensibly obtained a massive dump of names, addresses, phone numbers, and dates of birth. Now according to vendors on the deep web, hackers have been trying to sell the data dump for monero or bitcoin. The hackers claim the dump has over […]

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