Weekly Crypto Round Up: Latest News on Cryptocurrencies & the Dark Web | Week 12 – 2019

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Weekly Crypto Round Up - Week 12 - 2019
The latest news on the intersection of the dark web and the world of cryptocurrencies.

The crypto market showed improvements over the course of the week, and the steady growth for the past few days pushed the total market cap to over $140 billion.

Bitcoin (BTC), the leading cryptocurrency according to market capitalization, passed the $4,000 price resistance and has had a stable couple of days.

Despite shifting back towards 50 percent of its market dominance, the coin gained over four percent in value compared to last week’s price point.

For now, things are looking well for crypto traders, with most large altcoins in the green, all showing modest gains over the course of the week.

Infamous Hackers Is Selling Data of 26 Million Users on the Dark Web

A hacker identified under the alias “Gnosticplayers” has struck once again. This time, the hacker is selling personal data on 26 million people, customers of six companies around the world.

This is not the first time for Gnosticplayers to offer such a trove of stolen data. This is the fourth in a series of data dumps made by Gnosticplayers within the past month.

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Back in February, Dark Web News reported that the hacker was selling stolen data from 93 million users on Dream Market.

Before that, he also listed two separate batches of data for sale, both impacting over 700 million users total.

For Gnosticplayers’s latest data dump, the total price is 1.5 Bitcoins (around $5,000 USD).

The six companies that were affected by the data breach are the game development firm GameSalad, student job site YouthManual, Indonesian e-commerce company Bukalapak, Brazilian book shop Estante Virtual and scheduling software companies Lifebear and Coubic.

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A hacker identified under the alias “Gnosticplayers” has struck once again. This time, the hacker is selling personal data on 26 million people, customers of six companies around the world.

The details about the sales were listed on Dream Market, like the previous batches, and the personal data includes information such as usernames, passwords, IP addresses and email addresses.

Brazilian Massacre Organized on Dark Web Forum Created by BolsoCoin Creator

The 26-year-old Luíz Henrique de Castro and teenager Guilherme Taucci Monteiro, 17, responsible for the Suzano massacre that happened in Brazil earlier this month were planning the shooting on a dark web forum created by the person behind BolsoCoin, which was established by forking the popular cryptocurrency Litecoin.

As Brazilian news outlets report, the controversial darknet forum Dogolachan—in which racism and misogyny are openly discussed among members—motivated the two armed shooters to commit the massacre.

The yet unknown forum administrator known only as “DPR” reportedly helped the two men to plan the school attack.

DPR later attempted to change the URL and deleted forum threads to hide evidence that he was helping the shooters access weapons.

However, what the authorities do know is the identity of the creator of Dogolachan.

Marcelo Valle Silveira is the initial creator of the forum.

He is also known to be a neo-Nazi and has a history with the police for inciting attacks against migrants, among other related charges.

Silveira is also known in the crypto community as the person that forked Litecoin, to create the openly neo-Nazi focused cryptocurrency BolsoCoin.

The shooting event took place on March 13 at a public high school in Suzano, near São Paulo.

The massacre resulted in the death of eight victims before the two armed shooters committed suicide.

Man pointing a gun through a computer screen.
The yet unknown forum administrator known only as “DPR” reportedly helped the two men to plan the school attack.

Authorities have recently arrested third suspect, another 17-year-old teenager that was allegedly helping the two shooters in the weeks prior to the event.

Darknet Drug Dealers Busted with 50K Fentanyl Pills & Stockpile of Weapons

Two people were arrested earlier this month by the Cherokee County Narcotics Squad in Woodstock, Georgia.

As Dark Web News reported, 35-year-old Frederick Michelsen and his wife Elizabeth Michelsen, 28, were linked with large amounts of drugs, including 50,000 counterfeit fentanyl pills hidden in a storage facility in the area.

Apart from the fentanyl pills, as local news outlets report the police seized cocaine, marijuana and 14 grams of heroin.

The case later unveiled this week in what seems to be a large weapon bust as well—the police discovered another storage locker with almost 20 firearms.

During this time, Frederick Michelsen’s mother, Donna Brown of Hayesville, North Carolina was arrested as a third suspect in the case.

The Michelsen couple allegedly sold most of the drugs through dark web markets in exchange for cryptocurrencies, or more precisely Bitcoin. Then, they reportedly used the money to buy the weapons.

The police and other agencies are working on locating the cryptocurrencies.


That’s it for our summary of this week’s major crypto news headlines. This is the 38th post in our crypto news series.

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