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Andrew McCabe, FBI deputy director, quits after Trump criticism

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s deputy director, whom US President Donald Trump repeatedly accused of political bias, has resigned.

Andrew McCabe was forced to step down ahead of his official retirement date in March, reports CBS News.

His exit from the top law enforcement agency comes a week after a report that Mr Trump wanted him out.

It was also reported last week that the president had asked Mr McCabe during an Oval Office meeting whom he voted for. Continue reading Andrew McCabe, FBI deputy director, quits after Trump criticism

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FBI agent describes grisly warehouse in start of body broker’s trial

The warehouse of a Michigan man who sold donated body parts to researchers was littered with dead flies, dog bowls and human remains “frozen together in flesh-on-flesh chunks,” a federal agent testified Friday.

The grisly description came during the opening day in the federal trial of businessman Arthur Rathburn, who sold or leased donated body parts, including human heads, to medical researchers for two decades.

The buying and selling of body parts for research and education is legal under U.S. law, which does not govern the industry. Current regulations only cover body parts intended for transplant, such as hearts and livers.

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Rathburn, however, is charged with defrauding customers by selling them body parts infected with hepatitis and HIV, and with lying to federal agents about shipments.

Continue reading FBI agent describes grisly warehouse in start of body broker’s trial

List of Hidden Marketplaces (Tor ; Silk Road)

Silk Road 2.0

Silk Road 2.0

Silk Road 2.0 Url:  silkroad6ownowfk.onion
Forum Url: silkroad5v7dywlc.onion
Sub reddit URL:  http://www.reddit.com/r/SilkRoad/ & http://www.reddit.com/r/SilkRoadTwo (this one is very new and not so active yet)
Note: Good luck.

Modern Culture
Modern Culture URL

modern culture Url:  mcmeds6cgboktcd4.onion on tor and modernculture.i2p on the i2p network
Forum Url: Unknown.
Sub reddit URL:  No known Sub reddit.
Note:  Medical Grade Hydroponic Grown 100% All Natural Cannabis • Domestic & International Sales • Escrow Offered – I have not seen any reliable reports from users so far.

Budster

budster marketplace
Budster Url:  budsterga5hcdxjn.onion
Forum Url:
Sub reddit URL:  http://www.reddit.com/r/Budster
Notes: Vendor who opened their own marketplace, reports seems good so far, running a deep web marketplace on wordpress is pretty brave i think.

SilkroadReloaded (i2p)

Silk road Reloaded
Silk Road Reloaded Url:  silkroadreloaded.i2p  (will be on this url when up)
Forum Url: None Yet
Sub reddit URL: www.reddit.com/r/silkroadreloaded
Notes:  About to be an i2p based marketplace, its unclear at this point when is this site going to be open for business, sub reddit was not updated lately. Logo is very bad.

The Marketplace (i2p)

Themarketplace.i2p Logo

The Marketplace Url:  themarketplace.i2p
Forum Url: themarketplace.i2p/forum/
Sub reddit URL: www.reddit.com/r/themarketplace
Notes: Another i2p based marketplace to come soon, we have mentioned it before here, since its on i2p it doesnt have many vendors now, but seems promising.

Pandora Market

pandora market

Pandora Market Url: pandorajodqp5zrr.onion
Forum: bl3j73taluhwidx5.onion
Sub reddit: None
Notes: One of the new markets, just found out about it, will try to follow. Have seen zero reports in term of reliability.

TorMarket

Tor Market

Tormarket Url: tormarkozaegyvco.onion
Forum url: z5infcejving3vjk.onion  /  7kyuxl5h7xjl6eir.onion
Sub reddit: Unknown
Notes: Another One of the new markets, have grown after the sheep scam.

Ramp

ramp Russian Anonymous Marketplace

Russian Anonymous Marketplace RAMP Url: https://ramp2bombkadwvgz.onion
Forum: https://ramp2bombkadwvgz.onion
Sub reddit: Unknown
Notes: A Thriving Russian marketplace (forum based), i don’t speak Russian but i have heard some reports about this marketplace being legit. don’t take my word, check for yourself.

Three Hares Bazaar

three hares bazaar

Three Hares Bazaar Url:  3haresyyuxpqqqdz.onion ☸ 3harestcq52npujb.onion ☸ 3hareso57eardt3n.onion ☸ 3hb754jmfa53bgow.onion ☸ 3hbc5h7c2frlyjfs.onion
Forum:  3haresyyuxpqqqdz.onion/forum
Sub reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/threeharesbazaar
Notes: Online Vendor Marketplace, Supports many currencies and languages, has some nice additional features and seems to be well built.

FloMarket

Flomarket

FloMarket URL: http://fmkt3wixc772jxyj.onion
Forum: Unknown.
Sub Reddit: Unknown.
Notes: Looking good from the fron page, couldnt acctually login to take a look around.

Blue Sky Marketplace

Blue Sky Marketplace URL: http://blueskyplzv4fsti.onion/
Forum: Unknown
Sub Reddit: Unknown
Notes: Very new and empty at this point.

Agora

Agora

Agora Marketplace URL: http://agorabasakxmewww.onion/
Forum: Unknown
Sub Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/AgoraMarket/
Notes: From the same guys as bitcoinfog,  looking pretty good, still quite empty.

Misc Links

DarknetMarkets: http://www.reddit.com/r/DarkNetMarkets
Information and discussion regarding all the marketplaces, pretty new but contains great information.

Silkroad Original Sub Reddit:  http://www.reddit.com/r/silkroad
Still the best source of information for all that’s going on,

Silk Road Original  Forum:  dkn255hz262ypmii.onion
Forum went down at the beginning of December, it will be missed.

Original Silk Road URL:  silkroadvb5piz3r.onion
Dead, Just a memorial.

Pigeon URL: http://pigeonkcmw5h44lq.onion

Dead / Scam Marketplace Links

Black Market reloaded (BMR)

Black Market reloaded
Black Market Reloaded Url: q4z2m47hzxo7b45k.onion / r6rcmz6lga4i5vb4.onion  –  Site is down until Further Notice, planned to be back in a couply of months with new version.
Forum Url: fec33nz6mhzd54zj.onion
Sub reddit www.reddit.com/r/reloaded
Notes: Site changed address due to DDOS attacks, you can verify the address at the sub reddit, the oldest marketplace at this time, and still up even after the source code leak, check out the forums but everything seems to be working as usual. they also have a clearnet site: bmreloaded.com
thats redirecting to the onion site.

Sheep Marketplace

sheep marketplace
Sheep Marketplace Url: sheep5u64fi457aw.onion – Scam – Was the biggest Darknet Scam Even,  now dead.
Forum Url:
 sheep5u64fi457aw.onion (must login to access the forums)
Sub reddit URL: www.reddit.com/r/sheepmarketplace
Notes: Sheep was a New and popular marketplace, had some mixed reports about bugs or scamming (probably related to phishing), but generally had great reputation and had more live listing than all the other sites. Update: Near the end of November-2013 the Sites life ended when the owner made a massive scam and run off with 40,000K BTC at that was valued at this time with over $40 Million – Read the full story here the owner identity was revealed (Doxxed) later
if you want to look at the site or find your old vendor info, you can access a mirror of the site on this address:  xoqyrrgahnoenamg.onion/sm/

DeepBay

deepbay url

DeepBay Url: deepbay4xr3sw2va.onion ~ Scam Site – Do not use,
Forum: dbfrmwvtxmiz2vmz.onion
Sub reddit Url: None
Notes: Dont Have much information about this one, never found a single report from anyone reliable who actually used it, my first encounter with this site was a long time ago, recent reports indicating its a scam site.

So we have compiled an updated list of all hidden marketplaces (current and under development), if we forgot something – let us know and it will be added at the next update.
if you found some wrong link – please let us know.  there are NO PHISHING LINKS in this list – but please double check if your not sure.

via http://www.deepdotweb.com/2013/10/28/updated-llist-of-hidden-marketplaces-tor-i2p/

Apple admits celebrity accounts hacked but denies iCloud breach

Apple admitted that some of its most famous customers’ iPhone accounts were invaded by hackers, as US law enforcement investigates the mass leak of intimate photographs of more than 100 celebrities.

Its central iCloud systems were not breached in the attack, despite claims by the hackers, Apple stressed, averting a wider threat that might have affected all iPhone owners.

Continue reading Apple admits celebrity accounts hacked but denies iCloud breach

Anonymous affiliate GhostSec thwarts Isis terror plots in New York and Tunisia

Reuters/Stephane Mahe

Online hacktivists affiliated with Anonymous have assisted in preventing terrorist attacks on New York and Tunisia planned by Islamic State (Isis), according to a counter-terrorism expert.

Michael Smith, an adviser to the US Congress and co-founder of national security firm Kronos Advisory, revealed that information regarding potential attacks provided by the group GhostSec was used by law-enforcement agencies to disrupt IS operations.

“It is my understanding that data collected by the group, and presented to law enforcement and intelligence officials by me, was helpful to authorities in Tunisia, who disrupted a suspected Islamic State cell around 4 July,” Smith told IBTimes UK.

“This data was collected pursuant to the group’s efforts in monitoring social media accounts managed by suspected Islamic State supporters. As per their assessment, this plot would have been mobilised soon after the recent attack that occurred at a popular resort in Tunisia.”

A member of Ghost Security – or GhostSec – by the name of DigitaShadow revealed that information gathered from social media regarding potential attacks was sent to Smith, who evaluated each threat and forwarded those he believed to be credible to the relevant law-enforcement agencies. This led to the arrests of 17 suspects in Tunisia earlier this month.

Anonymous OpISIS via  @lexinerus on Twitter

“GhostSec is constantly monitoring social media and the internet for threats against governments and its citizens,” DigitaShadow told IBTimes UK. “On 2 July, we encountered an Islamic State account engaging in threats against tourists in Tunisia. They made references to a suicide bomber in an area near the Homut Souk market, which is a very populated area.

“They also made direct threats against British and Jewish tourists, so we began looking for events near areas that those nationalities visited. We located two churches in the direct vicinity that were holding services where British and Jewish tourists frequented. We collected all of the relevant intel and evidence and forwarded it to the FBI through our government contact.

“Two days later, we were debriefed that arrests had been made as a result of our intelligence.”

New York IS plot foiled

DigitaShadow revealed that the group also provided leads to authorities that proved instrumental in foiling a terror attack in New York on 4 July. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reported that more than 10 arrests took place in the US in the build-up to the 4 July Independence Day holiday weekend on suspects connected to IS terrorism plots.

Neither Smith nor the FBI was able to confirm whether the arrests in New York came as a result of information gathered by GhostSec. However Smith did confirm that data from GhostSec was used in counter-terrorism operations in Tunisia.

“Why not embrace the efforts of third-party hackers like Anonymous to dismantle the Islamic State – and even give them the resources to do so?” – Wmerson Brooking

The collaboration between the hacktivist group and law-enforcement agencies comes after a US defence policy researcher urged the US government to support groups such as Anonymous in the fight against IS.

Emerson Brooking, a research associate at the Council of Foreign Relation, said in March that the semi-anonymous digital currency bitcoin could be used to fund the efforts of hacktivists in taking down websites and social-media accounts associated with IS.

Brooking said: “How is it that the US government, capable of coordinating a complex air campaign from nearly 6,000 miles away, remains virtually powerless against the Islamic State’s online messaging and distribution network?

“If the United States is struggling to counter the Islamic State’s dispersed, rapidly regenerative online presence, why not turn to groups native to this digital habitat? Why not embrace the efforts of third-party hackers like Anonymous to dismantle the Islamic State – and even give them the resources to do so?”

GhostSec has previously worked with hacktivist collectives CtrlSec and Anonymous to take down websites and release databases of Twitter accounts associated with IS. The #OpIsis campaign recently saw the details of more than 25,000 accounts released online.

“To date our operations have met with resounding success,” said a spokesperson for GhostSec. “We have terminated over 57,000 Islamic State social media accounts that were used for recruitment purposes and transmission of threats against life and property.

“Our operatives have also detected numerous terror plots and responded accordingly with federal law enforcement agencies. Defending and preserving freedom begins in cyberspace.”

Who Owns the World’s Biggest Bitcoin Wallet? The FBI

Bitcoins

Who owns the single largest Bitcoin wallet on the internet? The U.S. government.

In September, the FBI shut down the Silk Road online drug marketplace, and it started seizing bitcoins belonging to the Dread Pirate Roberts — the operator of the illicit online marketplace, who they say is an American man named Ross Ulbricht.

The seizure sparked an ongoing public discussion about the future of Bitcoin, the world’s most popular digital currency, but it had an unforeseen side-effect: It made the FBI the holder of the world’s biggest Bitcoin wallet.

The FBI now controls more than 144,000 bitcoins that reside at a bitcoin address that consolidates much of the seized Silk Road bitcoins. Those 144,000 bitcoins are worth close to $100 million at Tuesday’s exchange rates. Another address, containing Silk Road funds seized earlier by the FBI, contains nearly 30,000 bitcoins ($20 million).

That doesn’t make the FBI the world’s largest bitcoin holder. This honor is thought to belong to bitcoin’s shadowy inventor Satoshi Nakamoto, who is estimated to have mined 1 million bitcoins in the currency’s early days. His stash is spread across many wallets. But it does put the federal agency ahead of the Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, who in July said that they’d cornered about 1 percent of all bitcoins (there are 12 million bitcoins in circulation).

In the fun house world of bitcoin tracking, it’s hard to say anything for certain. But it is safe to say that there are new players in the Bitcoin world — although not as many people are buying bitcoins as one might guess from all of the media attention.

Satoshi stores his wealth in a large number of bitcoin addresses, most of them holding just 50 bitcoins. It’s a bit of a logistical nightmare, but most savvy Bitcoin investors spread out their bitcoins across multiple wallets. That way if they lose the key to one of them or get hacked, all is not lost.

“It’s easier to keep track of one address, but it’s also most risky that way,” says Andrew Rennhack, the operator of the Bitcoin Rich List, a website that tracks the top addresses in the world of bitcoin.

According to Rennhack, the size of the bitcoin universe has expanded over the past year, but the total number of people on the planet who hold at least one bitcoin is actually pretty small — less than a quarter-million people. Today, there are 246,377 bitcoin addresses with at least one bitcoin in them, he says. And many people keep their bitcoins in more than one address. A year ago, that number was 159,916, he says.

Although some assume that the largest Bitcoin addresses are held by bitcoin dinosaurs — miners who got into the game early on, when it was easy to rack up thousands of bitcoins with a single general-purpose computer — almost all of the top 10 bitcoin addresses do not fit that profile, says Sarah Meiklejohn, a University of California, San Diego, graduate student.

She took a look at how many transactions in these wallets seemed to match the profile of early-day miners and found that only one of them really fit the bill.

The rest seem to belong to what Meiklejohn calls Bitcoin’s “nouveau riche”: People who are accumulating bitcoins from non-mining sources. “What you’re seeing is this influx of a different kind of wealth,” she says.

Because most bitcoin addresses haven’t been publicly identified — like the FBI’s — it’s hard to say exactly makes up the new Bitcoin top 10. Meiklejohn says that they’re likely to include wallets created by up-and-coming Bitcoin exchanges or businesses. One of them is the wallet that’s thought to contain 96,000 bitcoins stolen from the Silk-Road successor, Sheep Marketplace.

FBI offers $5K reward for ‘Most Wanted Cyber Fugitive’

FBI offers $5k reward for Most Wanted Cyber Fugitive

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in San Diego is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a Most Wanted Cyber Fugitive, John Gordon Baden.

Baden is wanted for allegedly stealing the identities of 40,000 people and then using their information to siphon funds from their brokerage or bank accounts, which he then used to pay for expensive electronics, according to an FBI press release.

 

He allegedly coordinated with two others, Jason Ray Bailey and Victor Alejandro Fernandez, to gain access to a U.S. mortgage broker’s system. The group maintained access to the system for more than two years.

Once inside the broker’s system, Baden and his cohorts stole mortgage applications containing customers’ personal information, such as names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, addresses, assets, tax information, and driver’s license numbers. The men were based in Tijuana, Mexico, where Baden is suspected to still be.

The group carried out the scheme by allegedly sharing login credentials that allowed them to access the broker’s records storage application, BitzDocs. This further allowed them to steal victims’ personal information and also defraud merchants and financial institutions.

Bailey and Fernandez were arrested in February and face charges that include conspiracy to commit wire fraud, computer hacking, aggravated identity theft, and wire fraud, among others.

The FBI estimates that millions of dollars were stolen.