On the Topic of the Investigation into DeepDotWeb
Updated Information About the Investigation into DeepDotWeb
The end of an era and the arrest of the man behind DeepDotWeb.
Trackpad Stopped Working After Upgrading Tails?
After upgrading to Tails 3.13.1, I lost all control of my trackpad and keyboard. The fix was fairly simple but required mounting the Tails volume from an separate machine.
Arrested Darkweb Vendor List
This is a working list of known darknet vendor arrests from across the world. Although I have used some of Gwern’s information, this list consists primarily of arrests that occurred in the post-Gwern era.
Tor2Web Proxies Are Using Google Analytics to Secretly Track Users
Tor2Web and similar hidden service reverse proxies are categorically awful. Almost every public Tor2Web server is giving your “Tor” browsing history to Google. Some don’t. Some exist only to steal cryptocurrency or facilitate fraud. All of them leave users open to detection.
This will likely be the first of many articles about Tor2Web and Web2Tor proxies. Once I finish investigating some of the more malicious ones, I will publish another drafted article about hidden service proxies and phishing.
Alexandre Cazes, Alleged Alphabay Owner, Died One Year Ago
Alexandre Cazes, 26, the alleged founder of Alphabay, reportedly ended his own life one year ago today. Authorities claimed Cazes had hanged himself on his towel in his cell at the Narcotics Suppression Bureau in Thailand’s Laksi district. The United States Justice Department had requested the Canadian programmer’s arrest and extradition only days prior to the alleged hanging.
Innocence, or Lack Thereof Cazes was no Ross Ulbricht aka Dread Pirate Roberts, the kid behind Silk Road.
Case Breakdown: Matthew Yensan aka Lexie
Matthew Yensan, an alprazolam vendor from Raleigh, North Carolina, just received a 78-month prison sentence for distributing producing alprazolam and selling it on the darknet, dealing with the proceeds of a crime, and having several firearms while committing said crime. The DEA’s investigation into the 25-year-old involved some bizarre characters in unrelated court cases, weird neighbors, and a handful of unknowns.
Interview: An Administrator of the TradeRoute Darkweb Market
After TradeRoute’s support admin resurfaced on Reddit, I messaged him on his verified Reddit account and asked for an interview. He agreed to answer some questions regarding his time at TradeRoute and the suspicious events that led to the site’s disappearance.
Interview: The Creator of the Darknet Search Engine "Fresh Onions"
In light of the $365,000 in Bitcoin phishing scheme, I thought this conversation with the owner of Fresh Onions would be fitting. Fresh Onions is an open source darknet market crawler and search engine. Unlike Grams, Fresh Onions crawls the darknet in its entirety and marks fake sites when possible.
An Interview with the Creator of a Darknet Search Engine The timing worked well and _abruptdismissal,_ the creator, gladly gave information on fake or cloned hidden services.
Interview: The Administrator of the Sanctuary Darkweb Market
Following the Sanctuary Market hack, I reached out to the marketplace admin for a statement on the incident. The admin, Darkmarket, explained the situation in a few words for a DeepDotWeb article on the topic. And upon reading some of my other write-ups, the admin generously provided me with his thoughts from “behind the scenes.”