What are ‘mule addresses’? Criminologists explain how vacant properties serve as depots for illegal online purchases

Nobody’s home, just as the sender intended. AndreyPopov/ iStock via Getty Images Plus Online shopping isn’t just a convenient way to buy batteries, diapers, computers and other stuff without going to a brick-and-mortar store. Many Americans also use the internet to quietly acquire illegal, fake and stolen items. Guns, prescription drugs no doctor has ordered … Read more

Behind the scenes of the investigation: Heists Worth Billions

David Maimon’s cybersecurity research group noticed a flood of checks in underground markets, which opened a window into much broader criminal activity. Collage by Kimberly Patch Professor David Maimon is director of the Evidence-Based Cybersecurity Research Group at Georgia State University. He and his group are well familiar with what happens on the dark web, … Read more

Heists Worth Billions: An investigation found criminal gangs using sham bank accounts and secret online marketplaces to steal from almost anyone – and little being done to combat the fraud

In January 2020, Debi Gamber studied a computer screen filled with information on scores of check deposits. As a manager for eight years at a TD Bank branch in the Baltimore suburb of Essex, she had reviewed a flurry of account activity as a security measure. These transactions, though, from the ATM of a tiny … Read more

Lickable toads and magic mushrooms: wildlife traded on the dark web is the kind that gets you high

Colorado River toad Shutterstock The internet has made it easier for people to buy and sell a huge variety of wildlife – from orchids, cacti and fungi to thousands of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish, as well as insects, corals and other invertebrates. But alongside legal trade in wildlife, there’s a dark twin – illegal … Read more

The Rise of Illegal Drug Sales and Performance Enhancement on the Internet: An Australian Study

In this blog post, we will take a closer look at the findings of Australian studies and the World Anti-Doping Agency regarding such activities. According to these studies, the internet has become a hub for illegal drug sales and performance-enhancing drug use in sports. The ease of access to the internet has made it convenient … Read more

The Role of World Anti-Doping Agency in Fighting the Online Sale of Performance-Enhancing Drugs

on the World Anti-Doping Agency. In recent years, doping in sports has become an increasingly prevalent issue. Athletes are constantly seeking ways to gain an advantage, using drugs and other performance-enhancing methods to boost their performance. However, with the rise of the internet, it has become easier for athletes to access these drugs quickly, cheaply, … Read more

German authorities seize record-breaking amount of Bitcoin and data in darknet investigation

On December 3, 2021, the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) announced that it had confiscated seven terabytes of data and a record amount of bitcoins through a large-scale investigation into a darknet service that was a significant meeting place for cybercriminals. The darknet has become a preferred platform for cybercriminals to conduct nefarious activities promptly. … Read more

German police shut down digital currency mixing service in crackdown on money laundering

The police have shut down “ChipMixer,” a digital currency mixing service, on suspicion of laundering 2.8 billion euros acquired through criminal activities on the darknet. The move is part of a broader effort to crack down on money laundering and illicit activities in the digital currency space. Digital currency mixing services have become a popular … Read more