Cock.li email provider servers raided again

Cock.li every year under radar: The authorities searched the servers of the e-mail and hosting provider Cock.li again. Everything has been going on for a few minutes. The service was once in the focus of the authorities one and four years ago. The cause of the recent seizure is still unclear.

Cock.li

The provider Cock.li can be hosted on Onion websites, also has its own Jabber server. You can pay there, among other things, with the crypto currencies Bitcoin and Monero. But the service is primarily known as an e-mail provider. Yesterday, it was announced that all servers had to be taken offline due to a search warrant. Due to the encryption, there is no risk that the investigators can access the data of users, it said.

For a few minutes, the servers are running again. Oddly enough, the operators were not contacted by the authorities. Like last time, the makers assume that they will not be informed about the background of the search in retrospect. One is now busy with Cock.li to find out what the investigators have done on their servers in detail. It is interesting, in particular, whether it has been possible to access the encrypted data of the users.

The provider has a number of entertaining as well as highly tasteless domains. horsefucker.org, nigge.rs, hitler.rocks, nuke.afrika or rape.lol are just a few of many examples that should provoke. In December 2015, as a precaution, all public schools in Los Angeles were closed by e-mail following a threat. The hoax came from an email from this provider. The New York authorities, on the other hand, did not respond to the threatening gestures by e-mail.

Operator of OvO Systems Ltd. with a mailbox in the Seychelles is the American Vincent Canfield, who has in the past often required the legal assistance of prominent lawyer Jesselyn Radack. Radack has represented whistleblowers like Thomas Drake and Edward Snowden in the past. Cock.li was founded in the last quarter of 2013 and is partly funded by donations and the sale of its own merchandising products. In the past, the service was quite popular amongst users of the 8Chan image board.

Cock.li is currently online and can be found here

California nanny sentenced to 30 years in jail for child pornography

Child Pornography case – A former California nanny has been sentenced to 30 years jail for making child pornography videos with the children in his care.

Travis Elconin, 35, of Burbank, produced pornographic videos with at least five children, most of whom were eight and nine years old, between August 2016 and November 2018.

He used his iPhone 8 to film the videos.

Child Pornography

The government identified eight victims connected to Elconin, the US Attorney for the Central District of California said in a press release.

“Elconin used his position as a nanny to exploit and abuse the children in his care, holding himself out as the ‘perfect caretaker’, which induced numerous families – including his friends – to hire him,” the press release states, citing court documents.

Elconin would place ads online for people to hire him as a nanny, writing that his “top priority” was to keep the children in his care safe.

One ad read: “I know how important it is as a parent to know that your children are safe when you’re not around. That would be my top priority.”

Elconin worked with several families.

He was arrested in January and admitted to making pornographic videos with four children, authorities said.

He pleaded guilty in March to producing child pornography.

German connection

During the investigation, German authorities contacted the FBI with information that Elconin discussed child sex abuse and exchanged inappropriate images with suspected child sex abusers in that country

German police said that over the past two years, Elconin exchanged more than 10,000 messages via the dark web and encrypted chat programs.

The FBI, which is handling that case, did not immediately return a request for comment from NBC News on Tuesday.

Life supervision

A judge sentenced Elconin on Monday to prison and placed him on supervised release for the rest of his life after he finishes his sentence.

His attorney, Jonathan Lynn, said in a statement: “Travis Elconin took responsibility for his conduct.

“He pleaded guilty and apologised to his victims.

“He understands he has a problem and wishes to receive any treatment that is available while he serves his sentence.”

19-year-old Austrian teen wanted to pay drugs with counterfeit money

Counterfeit Money Case – The man from the district of Krems ordered ten 50-euro bills in the Darknet. The trial ended with six months of conditional detention.

Counterfeit Money

To finance his drug use, a 19-year-old from the Krems district had ordered a total of ten false 50-euro bills in the Darknet. The case flew open because Swiss Post intercepted its parcel at the distribution center in Vienna.

Even the second order did not arrive at him. Because it stayed on trial and he did not bring the bogus notes into circulation, he was convicted in the trial at the Regional Court Krems only to a conditional detention of six months and a fine of 720 €. The verdict is already final.

As the cause of his use of several drug substances called the defendant a personal crisis in early 2018. His depressive mood had led him so far that he had himself enrolled in the psychiatry of the State Hospital Tulln. Drugs and drugs were a combination that made him even deeper.

Counterfeit money from Holland

When he had money problems to pay for his addictive substance, he spontaneously chose the way through the Darknet to buy counterfeit money from a Dutch provider. “At about 100 euros you got ten wrong 50 Euro bills,” said the 19-year-old.

As he found his way into the digital black market, he was able to explain step by step to the judge: “I encrypted the IP address of my own PC and got into the Darknet via a server in the US,” the defendant said. How did he get the IT skills, asked the judge? “This is general knowledge,” emphasized the 19-year-old.

He was glad that the order had never arrived at his place. In the meantime, he is clean and makes a teaching mechatronics, he said. The judge believed him to regret the incident and imposed a fine at the bottom of the sentence. The six-month detention was suspended for a three-year probationary period.

FBI searching for woman in Dark Web related scheme

FBI WANTED – Federal authorities announced Tuesday they are searching for a co-conspirator who they say took part in a pill scheme with a former doctor who worked for Yale New Haven Hospital and allegedly imported narcotics from the “dark web.”

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Jimiesha McKoy is now wanted by the FBI in connection to an alleged pill scheme involving a New Haven doctor.

In a fresh indictment handed down in recent days, Dr. Jennifer Farrell, 37, former second-year resident at the hospital and Fulbright scholar, was charged with 36 counts of distribution of narcotics outside of the scope of professional practice and not for legitimate medical purposes.

Authorities also announced charges against her alleged co-conspirator, Jimiesha McKoy, 30, of New Haven.

Federal authorities including the FBI launched an investigation of Farrell’s activities, alleging she admitted to receiving packages of oxycodone and fentanyl pills online from an unnamed source on what’s known as the dark web.

Investigators allege she also had prescribed pain pills at least 35 times in the names of at least five patients – including McKoy –  who she hadn’t examined, exploiting a loophole in Yale’s software that allowed her to write multiple fraudulent oxycodone prescriptions, according to federal court documents.

McKoy, 30, of New Haven, is now wanted by federal authorities after an indictment was handed down against her, charging her with the same crimes as Farrell.

Warning: Monero Verification Tools May Be Compromised

Monero was compromised – In the last 24 hours, Monero CLI binaries downloaded from getmonero.org may be compromised as related code doesn’t march with those in GitHub. For 35 minutes, a Redditor says, different CLI binaries were served. This is a security risk and operators who ran infected binaries are been requested to move their XMR stash away from their wallet lest they lose them in what appears to be a sophisticated attempt to fleece miners, the gatekeepers of the anonymous and private network.

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Move Monero (XMR) To a Safe Wallet

Presently, this has been rectified and now files are available from a fallback source. Node operators who downloaded infected binaries without verifying if hashes match have been asked to move their funds out to a safe version of the Monero wallet away from the probably infected node bearing the malicious executable.

Usually, operators are required to check the integrity and verify all binaries, checking whether they are signed by Fluffypony’s GPG key. This recommendation is vital as doing so confirms that running binaries are sourced from the official Monero database and not from anywhere else.

Otherwise, failure to do so and operating infected files open doors for phishing and other attacks that could result in loss of valuable Monero (XMR) coins. To determine the integrity of binary files, authentic code is cryptographically signed while fake ones will always produce a different hash than in the GitHub file.

Upgrading XMR is an Attacking Vector?

There are two ways of upgrading the Monero code. Either using the CLI mode or through GUI. For those who are using the CLI binaries and seeking to upgrade to the latest version of Monero, the activation procedure involves the download, extraction and transfer of the required binaries from old to new directories. Often, there is no need of blockchain resync.

Monero is one of the leading cryptocurrencies focused on privacy and censorship-resistant transactions. Realizing that sending and receiving addresses could be linked to a real-world identity, the Monero network adopted two main features from CryptoNote: Ring signatures and Unlinkable transactions.

Combined, these two features obfuscate addresses, and the amount sent meaning Monero transactions are literally untraceable and confidential as required.  As a fungible, untraceable coin, related transactions cannot be censored at any point. The Kovri Project is under development and once launched, transacting parties would have their IP addresses hidden, a cushion against network monitoring.

This post was first appeared on CoinGape.

California man gets 4 years for downloading 17,000 child porn images

Child Porn Case – A Long Beach man was sentenced Monday to four years in federal prison for downloading thousands of images of child pornography, including many depicting toddlers and minors under the age of 12.

Christopher Strinden, 58, was also ordered by U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner to pay a special assessment of $5,000 and serve lifetime supervised release, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Chemerinsky.

A Dec. 9 restitution hearing was also scheduled during the closed sentencing hearing in Los Angeles federal court.

Strinden pleaded guilty to possessing more than 17,000 images he obtained from a now-defunct website called Playpen, which was operating on the dark web. He was charged in September 2018 with three federal counts of possession of child pornography.

Man accused of drug dealing on dark web refused bail

Drug Dealing on Dark Web – A man who was arrested while on his way to work “was heavily involved in the dark web” in relation to his drugs dealings over the last three years, Londonderry Magistrates Court heard yesterday.

Drug Dealing Dark Web
A man who was arrested while on his way to work “was heavily involved in the dark web” in relation to his drugs dealings over the last three years, Londonderry Magistrates Court heard yesterday

The 32-year-old defendant, who has been granted anonymity, appeared before District Judge Barney McElholm charged with committing 13 drugs related offences between October 1, 2016 and Tuesday of this week.

The charges, several of which the defendant has admitted, include being concerned in supplying Class A, B and C drugs, possessing Class B and C drugs with intent to supply them and possessing, transferring and concealing criminal property.

A police officer told the Derry court that the defendant became of interest to the PSNI following a drugs-related search in 2017, during which a computer and several mobile phones were seized.

She said the defendant had refused to give the police the relevant passcodes for items found in his home following his arrest on Tuesday.

Among the internet enabled devices found during the search were a number of USB pens which officers believed contained information relevant to their investigation.

The police witness said that the defendant was a very intelligent man who used a particular type of software which anonymised both the user and their location. She said that he was also involved in bit coin transactions.

The officer further explained that the defendant travelled abroad where, for several months, he had attended crypto-currency conferences and stayed with undesirables.

During interviews following his arrest the man made partial admissions to the offences and admitted that he had also had drugs posted to several addresses in the Republic.

The court was told that the defendant became visibly upset at the conclusion of his police interviews.

The PSNI witness said: “I think the seriousness of what he was involved in hit him.”

Bail was opposed by the police on the basis that if released the defendant would be a flight risk and would interfere with an ongoing investigation.

Applying for bail defence barrister Eoghan Devlin said he accepted it was a difficult application to make, to which the district judge replied “try impossible”.

Mr Devlin said that the defendant had mental health issues which included psychotic incidents.

Mr McElholm refused the bail application and remanded the defendant in custody until December 12.

The judge said that while in custody the defendant should be assessed for his mental health issues.

“Anyone who deals in drugs in this city should know by now if they don’t give the access codes and passwords and pin numbers to the police to enable them to gain access to devices to speed up their investigations, they will not get bail,” the district judge added.

Huntsville man pleads guilty to possessing child pornography

A Huntsville man pleaded guilty Thursday to possessing a large collection of child pornography, federal prosecutors said.

Child Pornography

Ryan Thomas Carver, 29, pleaded guilty to one count of child porn possession in U.S. District Court.

Carver was arrested after federal investigators searched his Huntsville home in March 2018. U.S. Attorney Jay Town’s office said Carver paid for access to a child porn website on the dark web by using the virtual currency BitCoin. Investigators said they found 3,102 images and 162 videos in Carver’s possession.

The website, Welcome to Video, was the target of an international investigation that ended with at least 53 Americans facing charges, including Carver.

Carver will be sentenced in March 2020. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

Feds bust pair accused of selling drugs on the dark web

Dark Web Drugs – The feds say they caught two people running a web drug ring in the Albuquerque area. They say the duo was selling the drugs online and shipping them in the mail.

Dark Web Drugs

The dark web is a place where users go by fake names and explore a tangled web of illegal activity. In this case, when everything was unraveled, it led to Rio Rancho.

Last year, the DEA uncovered a drug dealer on the dark web who went by the name “The Queens Hive.” Investigators believe the dealers were getting paid through bitcoin and were operating out of a unit at an apartment complex on Unser Boulevard.

Investigators say an ad in an online marketplace on the dark web referred to the products “the queen’s honey.” They sold everything from meth, LSD, and oxycodone, even offering money-laundering services.

Investigators caught 26-year-old Gilberto Melgarejo and 22-year-old Brooke Gray on camera at a Speedway on Paradise Boulevard and at another on Unser, dropping off packages at USPS counters. The feds began purchasing their products and sent them bitcoin in return.

“I don’t care where you go, you’re gonna find something like that,” said C.J. Daniels, who lives at the apartment complex.

People who live at the complex say they had no idea this was going on at the apartments.

“I’m glad that they got caught because there’s a lot of kids here, and I wouldn’t want any of them to get into that stuff and get hurt,” said Matthew Martinez.

According to a criminal complaint, the two suspects would exchange the bitcoin for money through a PayPal account.

AUSTIN MEN PLEAD NOT GUILTY TO DRUG CRIMES

Nine total Drug and Gun Crimes – Two Mower County men are pleading not guilty in a case involving drugs, guns, and the “dark web.”

Levi Willis Wollschlager, 21 of Austin, is charged with 4th degree possession of a hallucinogen, three counts of 5th degree drug possession, possession of a firearm with an altered serial number, possession of a firearm as a drug user, and possession of ammunition as a drug user.

Drug Crimes
Levi Wollschlager (left) and Abraham Cervantes-Paz

Austin police say they searched Wollschlager’s home on October 22 and found 295.50 grams of marijuana, 9.5 alprazolam pills, $1,947 in cash, three pistols, two shotguns, about 500 rounds of pistol ammunition, 3.95 grams of MDMA (Molly), and 55 capsules containing MDMA. Officers say Wollschlager admitted to buying the drugs on the “dark web” and selling the MDMA and alprazolam. Officers also say the serial numbers on one of the shotguns was partially removed.

Court documents state that Wollschlager also told police a red bag in his home belonged to Abraham Dario Cervantes-Paz, 20 of Austin. Officers say the bag contained 370.50 grams of marijuana, 82 alprazolam pills, and $794 in cash. Cervantes-Paz was arrested and charged with two counts of 5th degree drug possession.

Wollschlager is scheduled to stand trial starting March 20, 2020. Cervantes-Paz’s trial is set to begin on January 6, 2020.