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Ex-PSNI officer jailed for firearm, drug charges and perverting the course of justice – Newstalk 106

A former PSNI police officer has been jailed for 11 years for attempted possession of a firearm and ammunition, numerous drugs-related charges and perverting the course of justice.

Allen Kennedy (31), formerly of Strandtown PSNI station, was handed the sentence at Downpatrick Crown Court on Thursday.

He has been ordered to spend 5.5 years in prison and 5.5 years on licence.

He pleaded guilty in October to attempted possession of a firearm and ammunition, namely a 9mm handgun, silencer and 10 rounds of 9mm ammunition with intent to endanger life, and possession of ammunition (50 rounds of 9mm) without a certificate.

He also pleaded guilty to numerous drugs possession charges relating to cannabis, MDMA and cocaine – and possession with intent to supply in relation to the cocaine – as well as a previous charge of perverting the course of justice.

Detective Chief Inspector Michael Harvey, of the PSNI’s Cyber Crime Centre, said: “This case

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A rare painting is stolen… then it appears for sale on the dark web

At around 03:30 on April 1, 2017 a van smashed into the window of the International Art Centre in New Zealand. The crash was no accident. Those inside the vehicle entered the gallery and stole two rare paintings by artist Gottfried Lindauer.

One of the stolen pieces, which was completed in 1884, has now appeared for sale on the dark web. The seller claims the listing is for the original, 133-year-old Chief Ngatai-Raure painting. Questions have been raised about the listing’s authenticity, but one thing is clear: the auctioning of one-of-a-kind artworks is pretty new territory for dark web criminals.

“Here you

Read more at: http://www.wired.co.uk/article/painting-stolen-new-zealand-sale-gottfried-lindauer-chief-ngatai-raure

Small potent doses of illegal drugs are evading authorities but having a huge impact

(MENAFN – The Conversation) Small quantities of synthetic opioids such as fentanyl are being smuggled past customs barriers and used to create recreational drugs, which are spreading at an alarming rate with the help of cryptocurrencies.

Fentanyl, for example, has a massive multiplier effect – a mere 10 grams could produce as much as three kilograms of 33% pure synthetic heroin .

United Nations illicit drug user surveys and seizures suggest recreational drug use is . This is especially so with synthetic opioids and such as fentanyl derivatives and synthetic cannabinoids (for example, Kronic). Fentanyl and its derivatives not only pose a risk to recreational drug users, but are also increasingly controlled by organised crime.

A fatal dose of fentanyl can be as little as two milligrams; the equivalent of

Read more at: http://www.menafn.com/1096082292/Small-potent-doses-of-illegal-drugs-are-evading-authorities-but-having-a-huge-impact

Small potent doses of illegal drugs are evading authorities but having a huge impact

Small quantities of synthetic opioids such as fentanyl are being smuggled past customs barriers and used to create recreational drugs, which are spreading at an alarming rate with the help of cryptocurrencies.

Fentanyl, for example, has a massive multiplier effect – a mere 10 grams could produce as much as three kilograms of 33% pure synthetic heroin valued at about US $150,000 in the Australian illicit market.

United Nations illicit drug user surveys and seizures suggest recreational drug use is on the rise. This is especially so with synthetic opioids and new psychotic substances such as fentanyl derivatives and synthetic cannabinoids (for example, Kronic). Fentanyl and its derivatives not only pose a risk to recreational drug users, but are also increasingly controlled by organised crime.

A fatal dose of fentanyl can be as little as two milligrams; the equivalent of four grains of salt. Other versions of fentanyl are

Read more at: http://theconversation.com/small-potent-doses-of-illegal-drugs-are-evading-authorities-but-having-a-huge-impact-87081

Unexplained cyberattacks sow chaos among dark web markets

A three-week long wave of cyberattacks against several popular dark web marketplaces has left the notorious underground e-commerce economy drenched in uncertainty and wondering if, like earlier this year, this is a prelude another round of arrests.

Just two months after police brought down a slew of the most well-known dark web markets, those left standing can’t quite figure out — nor defeat — who has been behind a three-week long denial-of-service offensive that’s knocked their sites offline.

As if looking to further stoke fear and uncertainty, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein recently spoke in Washington, D.C. on how the Department of Justice is continuing to target crime on the dark web.

Paranoia haunts the mood of those who remain as many wait for the next looming law enforcement sting. Those actions have

Read more at: https://www.cyberscoop.com/dark-web-ddos-attacks-dream-market-wall-street-market/

New malware targets ATMs

ATMs continue to be lucrative targets for fraudsters.

ATMs continue to be lucrative targets for fraudsters.

A new malware strain targeting ATMs, which was being openly sold on the dark net market, has been discovered.

According to researchers at cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab, the malware dubbed Cutlet Maker consists of three components and enables ATM jackpotting if the attacker is able to gain physical access to the machine.

It points out that a toolset potentially allowing criminals to steal millions was on sale for just $5 000 and came equipped with a step-by-step user guide.

ATMs continue to be lucrative targets for fraudsters, who use various methods to extract maximum profit, says Kaspersky Lab.

“While some rely on physically destructive methods through the use of metal cutting tools, others choose malware infection, enabling them to manipulate cash dispensers from the inside. Although

Read more at: http://www.itweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=165958

Future of dark web markets not yet in question, says analyst

An international operation shut down the AlphaBay and Hansa marketplaces in July 2017, raising questions about the integrity and longevity of remaining markets on the dark web.

The shutdown operation was led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Dutch National Police, with the support of Europol.

Before its closure, AlphaBay

Read more at: http://www.computerweekly.com/news/450425112/Future-of-dark-web-markets-not-yet-in-question-says-analyst

Ex-Secret Service agent fess up to stealing more Silk Road bitcoins

The former Secret Service agent already serving a six-year sentence for stealing bitcoins while investigating online black market Silk Road has confessed to pocketing even more sacks of the digital currency.

In 2015, Shaun Bridges admitted that he funneled 20,000 bitcoins worth more than $820,000 to his personal account through a series of “complex” transactions in May 2013. Bridges was part of a task force investigating the dark net market along with former Drug Enforcement Administration agent Carl Force, who also pleaded guilty to charges of money laundering, obstruction of justice and extortion.

Ex-Secret Service agent fess up to stealing more Silk Road bitcoinsBridges left the Secret Service after pleading guilty to money laundering and obstruction charges. A month later, federal authorities said the former agent transferred over 1,600 of seized bitcoins from the digital wallet—which he had access to—to an account in

Read more at: https://calvinayre.com/2017/08/17/bitcoin/ex-secret-service-agent-fess-stealing-silk-road-bitcoins/

That Wave of Jewish Community Center Bomb Threats Might Have Been Bought in Bitcoin on AlphaBay

Jewish men stand outside Brooklyn’s Jewish Children’s Museum after a bomb threat on March 9, 2017. Photo: AP

Earlier this year, authorities accused 18-year-old dual US-Israeli citizen Michael Kadar of being the individual behind a terrifying, nationwide wave of bomb threats at predominantly Jewish schools and community centers. This week, it emerged authorities also believe Kadar was advertising a “School Email Bomb Threat Service” on AlphaBay, the massive dark net market which law enforcement raided and shut down last month.

On Monday, Seamus Hughes, deputy director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University, tweeted he came across a newly unsealed search warrant in Kadar’s case while looking through public federal court records. In the warrant, authorities claimed Kadar was Darknet_Legend, an AlphaBay seller advertising bomb threats for just $30-60 a

Read more at: http://gizmodo.com/that-wave-of-jewish-community-center-bomb-threats-might-1797664478

United States: Bitcoin Thieves Abound, But Law Enforcement Is Getting Smart And Stepping Up

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