"Dark net" black trading eco exposure: buying and selling personal information, drugs, using bitcoin transactions, multiple large cases were investigated

21st Century Business Herald Wang Feng

Source: 21st Century Business Herald

In recent years, the use of “dark nets” by lawless elements to carry out illegal and criminal activities is increasing, especially the behaviors of personal information trading, obscenity goods, and drug sales are gradually becoming prominent in the “dark net”.

Although the "dark net" has the characteristics of anonymity and concealment, the "dark net" is not an "extra-legal place" and a "a sin-free paradise." In response to the illegal and criminal activities on the "dark net", the public security department's network security department has repeatedly detected a number of cases using the "dark net" to commit crimes.

At the press conference held by the Ministry of Public Security on the morning of November 14, Wang Wei, director of the Network Security Bureau of the Ministry of Public Security, said that since the beginning of this year, 16 cases involving "dark nets" have been established nationwide, and they have been arrested for engaging in "dark net" illegal activities. There are 25 criminal suspects, including 2 in prison and 23 in criminal detention.

Liu Shangqi, deputy head of the Network Security and Security Corps of the Beijing Public Security Bureau, said that the so-called "dark net" is simply a hidden network. Ordinary netizens cannot search for access by conventional means, and need to use some specific software, configuration or authorization to log in.

Due to the "dark net" anonymity and other characteristics, it is easy to breed all kinds of illegal crimes with the network as a hooking tool, such as buying and selling all kinds of guns and ammunition, drugs, citizen personal information, providing hacking tools, teaching hacker technology tutorials, cyber attacks, making and selling. Obscene items, etc.

The judgement obtained by the 21st Century Business Herald reporter showed that in the case of a crime of infringement of citizens' personal information and credit card fraud in Pingxiang City, Jiangxi Province, in May 2016, the defendant Zhang Congxiang illegally purchased a large number of other people's email account passwords through the “dark net”. And credit card information of Japanese citizens (referred to as "CVV" information). After that, through the "God of Wealth" software, the password of the email account that can log in to the Apple mobile phone ID is filtered out, which is used to log in to the iphone4 mobile phone that is rented, and bind the illegally obtained credit card information to realize the payment function. After that, the above iphone4 mobile phone is used to help some game players to recharge, and the game player is charged a recharge fee lower than the market price to illegally profit.

Zhang Congxiang confessed that the CVV information he purchased on the "dark net" generally purchased 10 or 20 pieces at a time, each of which was 5 yuan and 10 yuan.

In another case, in June 2018, the defendant Wu Xiang (pseudonym) discovered that after the “false recharge” loophole in the global blockchain digital asset trading platform “IDAX”, the accused Deng Li (pseudonym) used false identity. Registered on the platform and real-name authentication.

Later, Wu wanted to use the online tool on the "dark net" to attack the "fake recharge" vulnerability on the platform and add recharge data to falsely recharge the currency (USTD) into its account. Wu wants to purchase 15 bitcoins and 232 Ethereum coins from the TEDA coins obtained by false recharge and extract them into their own electronic wallets, resulting in a direct economic loss of 40,000 yuan for the technical maintenance of the "IDAX" platform.

The "dark net" is also used in the drug trade. Judging from the 21st Century Business Herald, from May 2nd to 14th, 2018, the Chengdu Customs Anti-smuggling Bureau seized the ecstasy purchased by the defendant Miyazawa from a foreign “darkmarket” shopping platform called “DreamMarket”. Ten international mails for drugs such as cannabis leaf.

In the face of the law, the "dark net" is nowhere to be seen. A number of judgments showed that the defendant's dark-net transaction records were seized by the investigating authorities.

Wang Wei introduced that in July this year, the net security department of the Beijing Public Security Bureau arrested three suspects who used the hacking technology such as “collision library” to obtain domestic and foreign e-commerce databases and sold the profits through the “dark net” in July and Guangdong. In August, he captured a criminal suspect who sold 95 obscene videos through the “dark net” in Jiangsu. In May of this year, the network security department of the Jiangsu Public Security Bureau arrested three suspects who sold more than 14 million residents' social security data on Nanjing on the “dark net”. In August of this year, the Net Security Department of Hainan Public Security Bureau arrested 2 suspects who sold more than 90,000 student data on the “dark net”.