A Rancho Cordova, California nurse has been charged by federal authorities with selling illegal narcotics via dark net markets. Allegedly, her username Farmacy41 earned over 200 BTC across three markets. Carrie Alaine Markis made an appearance in federal court in Sacramento, charged with numerous counts of drug dealing. Farmacy41 Markis reportedly used the handle Farmacy41 across several DarkNetMarkets beginning in 2013. She told customers that her source was people who bought pills from those who had them legally prescribed to them. In total, she allegedly sold almost 9,000 hydrocodone pills, over 2,500 oxycodone, nearly 1,000 methadone pills, 70 morphine tablets
Online platforms for cryptocurrency exchange are not as well prepared against threats in the ever-evolving cyberspace as they believe themselves. Since 2017, 14 blockchain platforms have been the victim of hacking attacks, leading to a total loss of over 800 million dollars. A new long-term attack was recently discovered and avoided by TAD GROUP, preventing the stealing of over half million dollars in cryptocurrency from a large cryptocurrency exchange platform.
Hundreds of startups are reportedly being “secretly” targeted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for their involvement with initial coin offerings. Companies that participated in ICOs are now scrambling to clarify whether their token constituted a security, and, if so, whether it was properly registered with or exempted by the SEC.
SEC ‘Tightens the Noose’ on Startups That Used an ICO
Yahoo Finance and Decrypt claims that “Hundreds of startups that did token sales are finding out they’re in violation of securities law— including many that were sure they did it the right way.”