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#deepweb | Dark Web Fentanyl trafficker, ‘The Drug Llama,’ sentenced to 13 years in federal prison

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

ST. LOUIS -Melissa Scanlan, known as ‘The Drug Llama,’ has been sentenced to 160 months in federal prison in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois for trafficking fentanyl throughout the United States via the ‘dark web,’ engaging in an international money laundering conspiracy, and distributing fentanyl that results in death.

This case was part of a months-long, coordinated national operation involving the Drug Enforcement Administration St. Louis Division, the Food and Drug Administration – Office of Criminal Investigations, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Department of Homeland Security, United States Customs and Border Protection, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California, and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Illinois.

‘With accessibility of fentanyl, it is imperative that the Drug Enforcement Administration and its law enforcement partners exploit all distribution avenues utilized by drug traffickers in Scanlan’s case,’ said DEA St. Louis Division Special Agent in Charge William J. Callahan. ‘Scanlan distributed poison in our community that resulted in death and she is now being held accountable.’

The crimes for which Scanlan was sentenced are as follows: one count of conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, five counts of distributing fentanyl, one count of selling counterfeit drugs, one count of misbranding drugs, one count of conspiracy to commit international money laundering, and one count of distribution of fentanyl resulting in death. The 32-year old San Diego native pleaded guilty to those charges in October 2019. Scanlan’s co-conspirator, Brandon Arias, 34, was previously sentenced to nine years in federal prison for his role in the conspiracy.

Facts disclosed in open court revealed that Scanlan and Arias created an account on ‘Dream Market,’ a dark web marketplace where users buy and sell illegal substances and services, and used that account to sell substantial quantities of narcotics while operating under the moniker, ‘The Drug Llama.’ The charged fentanyl distribution conspiracy lasted from October 2016 to August 2018, during which time Scanlan sold approximately 52,000 fentanyl pills throughout the United States.

According to court records, Scanlan and Arias made over $100,000 from their dark web drug trafficking and split the money evenly. Court records also demonstrated Scanlan’s participation in an international money laundering conspiracy with Mexican cartel members, as well as her role in aiding and abetting the distribution of fentanyl pills to a woman identified as A.W., who later died.

Commenting on the case, U.S. Attorney Steven D. Weinhoeft assailed the culture of criminality that exists on the dark web.

‘Criminals like Melissa Scanlan who recklessly flood our communities with opioids may think they can evade detection in the shadowy corners and back alleys of the internet,’ said U.S. Attorney Weinhoeft. ‘But they will find no quarter there. Where they go, we will follow. With the collaboration of outstanding investigators at our partner agencies, we will use every tool and method available to find these people and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.’

‘Illicit opioid distribution, whether online or through conventional drug distribution methods, and the resulting overdoses and deaths, are a continuing national crisis. Those who contribute to that crisis through their illegal actions will be brought to justice,’ said Special Agent in Charge Charles L. Grinstead, FDA Office of Criminal Investigations Kansas City Field Office. ‘We are fully committed to disrupting and dismantling illegal prescription drug distribution networks that misuse the internet at the expense of public health and safety.’

The dark web is an underground computer network that is unreachable by traditional search engines and web browsers, creating a seeming anonymity to users. This false cloak has led to a proliferation of criminal activity on dark web marketplaces, like the one used by Scanlan and Arias.

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#deepweb | Indian authorities arrest their first crypto dark web drug dealer

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  • The suspect, Dipu Singh, is accused of selling psychotropic and prescription pills on the dark web.
  • He was taken into custody by the central anti-narcotics agency under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.

In an investigation done by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), India has caught its first darknet crypto drug dealer. The authorities have seized 55,000 tablets in the arrest. The NCB participated in “Operation Trance” – a multinational crackdown on illicit dark web drug sales using couriers, international postal services, and private parcel deliveries.

Global post offices and international courier services were used as logistics for illicit trade. The payments gateways of cryptocurrency were used by the operators to conceal the transactions from law enforcement agencies.

The accused, Dipu Singh, is a 21-year old whose father is a retired army officer. Singh is accused of selling many psychotropic and prescription pills on the dark web and shipping them to the US, Romania, Spain, and other countries.

He started out by selling health supplements and erectile dysfunction medication on major dark web markets. Later, he began selling tramadol, zolpidem, alprazolam and other psychotropic prescription medications. The suspect was taken into custody by the central anti-narcotics agency under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. 


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#deepweb | Joker’s laughing: Fresh database of half a million Indian payment card records on sale in the Dark Web

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If you’re wondering what this seemingly random set of words mean, that is how a fresh database of 461,976 payment card records currently on sale on Joker’s Stash, a popular underground cardshop in the dark web has been listed.

Group-IB, a Singapore based cybersecurity company specialising in preventing cyber attacks which detected the database, says that over 98% of this database on sale were cards issued by Indian banks.

At the moment, the source of this new breach is unknown. The card records were uploaded on the 5th of February and that the total estimated value of the database according to Group-IB, is USD4.2 million, at around USD 9 apiece. Till yesterday morning 16 cards details were found to have been sold. Those who buy these cards do so with the intention of committing payment card fraud.

The company says that they have already alerted India’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In). The Economic Times will update this story as and when we hear from CERT-In on the steps they have taken.

With the sharp rise in digital payments in India and a lack of corresponding rise in awareness of the best practices to use payment cards safely online and offline, the country has become an attractive destination for nefarious elements online.

This newest breach has, according to Group-IB, “exposed card numbers, expiration dates, CVV/CVC codes and, in this case, some additional information such as cardholders’ full name, as well as their emails, phone numbers and addresses.”

This is the second major database of Indian payment card details that Group-IB has detected since October when 1.3 million credit and debit card records of mostly Indian banks’ customers uploaded to Joker’s Stash with and estimated underground market value of USD130 million was detected in what became “the biggest card database encapsulated in a single file ever uploaded on underground markets at once.”

According to Dmitry Shestakov, the head of Group-IB cybercrime research unit, “In the current case, we are dealing with so-called fullz — they have info on card number, expiration date, CVV/CVC, cardholder name as well as some extra personal info.”

They also say that unlike earlier breaches what “distinguishes the new database from its predecessor is the fact that the cards were likely compromised online, this assumption is supported by the set of data offered for sale.”

Shestakov adds “such type of data is likely to have been compromised online — with the use of phishing, malware, or JS-sniffers — while in the previous case, we dealt with card dumps (the information contained in the card magnetic stripe), which can be stolen through the compromise of offline POS terminals, for example.”

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#deepweb | Indian Government Emails Found Wandering on the Dark Web

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

  • Hundreds of email IDs and plaintext passwords belonging to Indian organizations are available on the dark web.
  • The emails may have been shared among crooks for quite some time, but this has just been discovered.
  • It is time for crucial government entities to use 2FA, and even better, 2SV physical security keys.

Researcher Sai Krishna Kothapalli has found 3202 email IDs on the dark web, belonging to people working on the Indian government and various organizations of the state. The infosec expert has been collecting data from dumps on the dark web for the past four years, creating a humongous database of 1.8 billion email IDs and passwords. According to him, approximately 85% of the passwords he holds are in plain text form, while others have been dehashed by hackers throughout the years. After analyzing this trove of data, Kothapalli recently found some ending with “.gov.in”.

The 365 email IDs belong to employees of the ‘Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research’. Trailing just behind is the ‘Bhabha Atomic Research Centre’ with 325 email IDs. In third place, there is the ‘Securities and Exchange Board of India’ with 157 emails. In total, the 3202 emails belonging to 12 entities, as shown in the graph below.


The researcher tried to correlate his findings with the “Have I Been Pwned” service and found no entries there, so this was a fresh discovery. The conclusion that he drew was that this data must be the product of a targeted phishing campaign since there were no recorded breaches. This means that the employees who have had their IDs and passwords stolen could be at risk of having their accounts taken over. The employees could have changed their passwords in the meantime, but the chances of stuffing attacks against other accounts belonging to the same people remain high.

The researcher is still investigating the data and is in the process of contacting the governmental organizations to alert them about his findings. He points out that when he started investigating this, he was approached by someone who posed as an NDTV reporter. After additional research, he discovered that the email accounts used to contact him had been compromised in the previous months and that the news from back in the time attributed this to North Korean hackers.

So, could this all be the work of state-supported actors from North Korea? It’s quite possible, but nothing can be said with certainty until the investigation is concluded. Right now, the important part is to secure the email accounts by resetting the credentials as soon as possible. Also, and as the researcher points out in his report, it is high time for the government and its organizations to adopt two-factor authentication for the email accounts of their employees, or even better, physical security keys.

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#deepweb | Police in Midlands praised for bringing down Dark Web paedophile ring

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans A SPECIALIST police unit in the West Midlands has been credited with helping bring down one of the most shocking online paedophile rings in recent history. Yesterday (23 Jan) Portuguese police held a press conference praising the cooperation of law enforcement agencies across the world in […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

#deepweb | Marlin Adds Two New Calibers to Dark Series

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans There is no doubt about it- lever guns are timeless and cool. Last year, Marlin redefined the look of the traditional lever gun with the release of their Dark Series. The first release consisted of two models: their Model 336 chambered in 30-30 Win and their […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

#deepweb | Manager claims he is in the dark on whether he will sign Tottenham player – Spurs Web

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has revealed that his hopes of signing Kyle Walker-Peters have reached an impasse.

The Tottenham Hotspur right-back has failed to feature on a regular basis for the first team this season despite playing the first three Premier League matches of the campaign under Mauricio Pochettino before suffering a hamstring problem.

Hodgson claimed last week that Palace were working hard on trying to bring the 22-year-old to Selhurst Park and was optimistic that an agreement would be reached (Football London).

Despite the 72-year-old’s previous hopes the deal has now stalled and left Hodgson suggesting that Spurs have not decided whether they will allow Walker-Peters to leave North London this month.

Following the summer departure of Kieran Trippier to Atletico Madrid, Spurs only have Serge Aurier and Walker-Peters within their ranks as senior players who primarily operate on the right side of defence.

Palace are said to be keen to strengthen at right-back following the summer sale of Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United.

“[There is] no update,” Hodgson told the Evening Standard.

“There was initial contact I think between the clubs and the suggestion was made and one I was behind.

“It would have been a good move for us I think, but as far as I know nothing is happening and I’m not sure what Tottenham’s intention with Kyle Walker-Peters is.”

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#deepweb | Trips in the Dark – The New York Times

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FRIDAY PUZZLE — In December, Smithsonian magazine contacted me to ask for a comment on the end of the decade in crossword puzzles. I was in the process of writing my own take on this, but I don’t think it will surprise anyone that I jumped on an opportunity to offer my opinion. The magazine assigned a reporter, Ryan Patrick Smith, to write the retrospective, and we had a very nice chat. He has linked to his article in the constructor notes below.

Mr. Smith mentioned in passing that he was also constructing crosswords, and was excited to see his first puzzle published in The New York Times. And now we get to celebrate his debut.

My first impression when I saw his grid was that this was going to feel like four different puzzles because of the large, black square “plus sign” dividing the grid. I wasn’t wrong, but while I missed the long, luxurious entries in a more open themeless grid, his fill was very interesting. Not only did he debut five entries, but there was also something for everyone here.

The cluing, which might be mostly the puzzle editors’s work, is not only cranked up to offer a good tug-of-war between puzzle and solver, but hits a very satisfying variety of topics as well.

And that’s pretty much all a solver can ask for on a Friday, isn’t it?

1. The A.V. CLUB used to be a part of the humor newspaper (Hi, kids! Yes, it used to be in print) The Onion.

15A. TIL that Lt. SULU of “Star Trek” was named after the SULU Sea.

17A. The actress OLIVIA WILDE makes her New York Times Crossword full name debut, clued as the director of “Booksmart.”

20A. It would probably help to explain the plot of this movie. The 1940 film “REBECCA,” Alfred Hitchcock’s American directorial debut, is about the wives of the brooding widower, Maxim de Winter, played with suitably furrowed brow by Laurence Olivier. His first wife, REBECCA, has died before the film begins, but Mr. de Winter soon meets Joan Sutherland and she becomes his second wife, thereby earning the right to be called REBECCA as well. He eventually takes his new bride back to his windswept estate, REBECCA (pronounced Manderley), and introduces her to the foreboding housekeeper Mrs. Danvers, who in all likelihood is also called REBECCA. Mrs. Danvers, driven to derangement by the fact that almost everyone in the movie is named REBECCA, sets fire to the estate, but everyone besides her escapes so that they can eventually name their children REBECCA.

21A. If you have not seen the web series “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,” by ISSA RAE, you can watch Season 1 on YouTube.

25A. Fun fact: The word “clue” is derived from the Greek myth about Theseus and ARIADNE. Theseus had to make his way out of a complicated maze without being killed by the Minotaur, so ARIADNE, who was crushing on Theseus, gave him a ball of yarn — called a “clew” — to unravel as he traveled, so he would not get lost. The word “clew” eventually became “clue.”

45A. Nice wordplay. “Trips in the dark” could mean that you accidentally fall over something on your way to the bathroom or kitchen at night, or it could mean a trip you take when it’s dark out. If you are flying to a destination in the dark, you could be taking the REDEYE.

46A. “German marks” is not currency in this puzzle. They are diacritical marks, or, more specifically, UMLAUTS.

57A. You can make a pit stop (a “fast stop”), or you can do something to break a fast (“made a fast stop”). The answer is ATE.

60A. TIS the season to figure out that TIS can precede “the season.”

11D. THERESA MAY also makes her full name debut in the New York Times Crossword, but not for the same reason as OLIVIA WILDE.

25D. I was thinking about togas when I should have been thinking about APES. “Caesar” was a character from the “Planet of the Apes” reboot.

37D. Who knew? Apparently, the prime minister of Canada, Justin TRUDEAU, has worked at various times of his life as a bouncer and a snowboarding instructor.

38D. This sent me down a rabbit hole of research, first trying to remember their surnames (the Montagues and the Capulets, but that wasn’t right), even trying to remember the act or scene in which they died. Once again, I claim the award for most overthinking: The answer is TITULAR. The play is “Romeo and Juliet,” not “Romeo and Juliet and Mercutio and Tybalt.”

I’ve been a word nerd and puzzle junkie for most of my life, but my love of crosswords in particular blossomed when I was in high school. I fondly remember sitting in the kitchen with my mom and tackling the weekend grids on her clunky desktop, the clatter of the keyboard a satisfying soundtrack to my solving.

Wordplay veterans may remember me by my erstwhile forum handle “rpsmith” — I’ll always be grateful to this community for encouraging my passion. Outside the “crossworld,” I’m a voracious consumer of film and video games, as well as a writer for both Smithsonian.com (for which I recently wrote a piece on crosswords, as it happens) and the World Bank’s Connect4Climate division. I’m also starting to compete in screenwriting contests!

I had a number of puzzles published in The Stanford Daily during my time on The Farm (including cryptics, which I love), but this is my first submission to The Times that was accepted, and I’m over the moon to see it in print and online. I very nearly didn’t send in this puzzle at all, as I was coming off a sizable string of rejections and felt rather demoralized. So glad I gave it a shot!

It occurs to me now that the upper half of this puzzle is packed with nods to influential women whose domains range from international politics, acting and filmmaking to pages of fiction and mythology. I can’t say that this was strictly intentional on my end, but I’m delighted with the way it panned out.

I’m pleased to say I already have fresh grids in the submission pipeline, so with luck you’ll be seeing more of me before too long.

Happy solving, and a fine new year to all!

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#deepweb | Dark Web Trafficker Caught Selling Methamphetamine via Bitcoin

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Joanna De Alba, an alleged narcotics trafficker who used Bitcoin to cover up her movements on the Dark Web, has been indicted for distribution of Methamphetamine and Heroin, according to the Department of Justice in New York. De Alba was taken to federal court in Brooklyn […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

#deepweb | Go, Take A Dive In Joe’s Deep Dark World, But Come Out Of It Before It’s Too Late

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You Season 2 Review: Star Cast: Penn Badgley, Victoria Pedretti, Jenna Ortega, James Scully, Carmela Zumbado, Ambyr Childers, Elizabeth Lail

Developed By: Greg Berlanti, Sera Gamble

Streaming On: Netflix

You Season 2 Review: What’s It About? & How’s The Screenplay?

You Season 2 Review: Go, Take A Dive In Joe’s Deep Dark World, But Come Out Of It Before It’s Too Late

After Candace comes back Joe’s life to seek revenge, he immediately leaves New York and goes to Los Angeles and roots for ‘A Fresh Start’. He changes his name. Now he is Will Bettleheim. Finds new love in Love Quinn and new family in her brother Forty Quinn and starts working at their bakery only.

Joe Goldberg aka Will Bettleheim has huge baggage of past on his mind now and he wants to change himself completely. To make the necessary changes in his life, he does everything possible but how easy or difficult it is to get out of the dark world once you are sucked in in? Or is it possible?

Watch out You Season 2 to know about that.

The first season of You was loved by the audience for its unique style of presenting the dark side of a man. His creepy yet charming personality looted the audience especially girls’ hearts even though they didn’t want it to be the case. A serial killer, a stalker who has wild senses and absolutely no control over them. When killing someone he doesn’t think he is doing a sin, he convinces himself to think that he is helping his loved one instead. Now that’s something really hard-hitting. How will a person realise that he is doing wrong if he has convinced himself for it with all the heart? Before killing someone he has killed his soul and that’s scary to the core.

In season 2, things get creepier. As Joe, now Will tries to lead a more peaceful and better life, he faces bigger challenges. While trying to make a better future and making peace with the past, there come several situations which will make you hit the pause button and close your eyes, because what are you even watching? Also, the show keeps you hooked and provides you an edge of the seat thrill which makes this 10-episode show worth a binge-watch. Although season 2 seems a little slower compared to the first one that doesn’t turn out to be a major issue.

But watch out the show for its mind fu**ing finale! Don’t miss the last two episodes of the show for anything as they hold most of the juice. It’s unpredictable and shocking to the core.

You Season 2 Review: How Are The Performances?

Penn Badgley lives the character of Joe aka Will. He gets into the skin of the character so much so that it’s impossible to think that Penn and Joe are not the same people. Performing a layered and complex character like this is no child’s play and Penn has done it so effortlessly.

Victoria Pedretti who was last seen in The Haunting of Hill House looks gorgeous and performs very well. She is a natural actor and makes her character of Love Quinn believable.

James Scully as Forty Quinn is effortless. He does his job beautifully and leaves an impression.

Jenna Ortega & Carmela Zumbado are good too. Ambyr Childers as Candace makes the screen look magical. Elizabeth Lail is there too for a small interval as Will keeps on hallucinating her. Basically, American shows have a typical way of keeping their dead characters alive. Someone has to suffer hallucination issues after a person dies and the latter must come in former’s thoughts. After 13 Reasons Why, I’ve seen the same thing in this one as well and have understood why Ekta Kapoor has a thing of bringing back dead people in her serials like anything.

Overall, You Season 2 is a must-watch if you loved the first season. if you haven’t seen the first one yet, make sure you start from there. Go, take a dive in the deep dark world of Joe but make sure you come out before it’s too late.

Rating: 3.5/5

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