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Dark Web criminals caught after reusing passwords


We often hear stories about how criminals take advantage of people who reuse their passwords across websites and don’t enable two-factor authentication (2FA).

But, recently it appears these roles were reversed when police in the Netherlands shut down the criminal activity of a number of dark web vendors who reused their own credentials and didn’t enable 2FA on their accounts.

According to cryptomarket researcher @5auth, as of 24 July 2017, up to 16 accounts on the dark web marketplace Dream Market were under control of the Dutch Police:

Means: all of these vendors sold on Hansa without 2fa and used the same password on Dream.— C (@5auth) July 25, 2017

The Dutch Police likely seized these credentials in their crackdown on the Hansa and AlphaBay marketplaces earlier this year.

While Hansa and AlphaBay fell, another dark market, Dream Market, seemed untouched by authorities and many of the affected vendors moved their operations there.

However, there was rampant speculation...(continued)

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