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Most weapons on the dark web come from US, study finds

The Fight Against Gun Smuggling

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US guns make up as much as 60 percent of the weapons on sale on the dark web, new research has found.

Weapons, drugs and stolen identities are readily available on the dark web, a hidden part of the internet that you can only access through special browsers like Tor. To investigate where guns, ammunition and guides to their use come from, the UK’s University of Manchester and think tank Rand Europe scoured 12 dark web marketplaces — or cryptomarkets — and found 811 listings relevant to the study, published Wednesday.

Most weapons were from the USA, where gun control is a divisive issue, and most sales were destined for Europe. A gun bought from the dark web was used in a terrorist attack in Munich in 2016.

“The dark web is both an enabler for the trade of illegal weapons already on the black market and a potential source of diversion for weapons legally owned”, said Giacomo Persi Paoli, the report’s lead author. “The ability for criminals and terrorists, as well as vulnerable or fixated individuals, to make virtually anonymous purchases is perhaps the most dangerous aspect.”

On Thursday, US and European law enforcement agencies announced the shutdown of AlphaBay and Hansa, two of the three largest dark web markets. 

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Step into adventure with the new ‘Stargate Origins’ series

Fans celebrating the 20th anniversary of the “Stargate SG-1” TV series got a special surprise at San Diego Comic-Con when MGM announced a new “Stargate” series on Thursday.

“Stargate Origins” is a new original digital series debuting this fall on MGM’s streaming service aptly named Stargate Command

No word on whether the original “Stargate” movie or the previous TV shows “Stargate SG-1,” “Stargate Atlantis” and “Stargate Universe” will be made available on Stargate Command.

The 10-episode series “Stargate Origins” will tell the back story of Catherine Langford — the daughter of archaeologist Dr. Paul Langford who first discovered the ancient Stargate in 1928. 

As a young girl during the discovery, Catherine took her Eye of Ra medallion from the archaeological dig where her father found the Stargate, and wore the necklace for her entire life. 

Fans might remember that much later in her life, Catherine hired archaeologist and linguist Dr. Daniel Jackson to translate the symbols discovered on the Stargate portal in the original 1994 movie

Catherine continued to appear at different stages of her life throughout various episodes of the “Stargate” TV shows. 

The new “Stargate Origins” digital series will be written by Mark Ilvedson and Justin Michael Terry, and directed by Mercedes Bryce Morgan. 

See all our Comic-Con 2017 coverage here.

Star Wars at 40: Join us in celebrating the many ways the Force-filled sci-fi saga has impacted our lives.

Life, Disrupted: In Europe, millions of refugees are still searching for a safe place to settle. Tech should be part of the solution. But is it? CNET investigates.

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‘Stargate’ revival will launch a new MGM streaming service

Dubbed Stargate Command, it’s launching this fall as “the official destination for all things Stargate.” It appears we can expect a platform for pretty much all of the franchise’s related content and fan community. There are apparently more than 380 episodes of Stargate TV shows, so there should be plenty to watch there. Still, even as CBS tries to use the Star Trek franchise to push its CBS All Access service it will be interesting to see how willing fans are to shell out for another subscription just to watch one new show.

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‘Archer’ meets ‘Kingsman’ in hilarious Comic-Con video

Ever wonder what would happen if a clueless American spy like Archer met the very skilled British Kingsman secret agent Eggsy?

In the video “That Time Archer Met Kingsman” — posted by 20th Century Fox on Thursday during its panel at San Diego Comic-Con International — we see actor Taron Egerton’s character Eggsy invade the FXX animated comedy “Archer.”

The British superspy crosses paths with none other than “the world’s greatest spy” Sterling Archer (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin).

Archer comes in for a new suit, but ends up accidentally discovering the secret weapons stash hidden inside the Kingsman suit shop as well. 

Not surprisingly, the two secret agents don’t quite get along, and decide to settle their differences the best way possible — a drinking contest. Watch the video to see who wins.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle” opens in theaters on September 22 in the US, Sept. 29 in the UK and Sept. 28 in Australia. You can read a bit more about the “Golden Circle” panel and watch the trailer here, and for more information about the tech in the film, check out CNET’s Roger Cheng’s interview with co-screenwriter Jane Goldman

See all our Comic-Con 2017 coverage here


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Twitter says no executive privilege for Trump tweets

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Are some of Trump’s tweets consistent with Twitter’s policies?

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Are there different rules for President Trump when it comes to his controversial, bombastic and often abusive tweeting? Twitter says no. 

When a group of journalists asked about it earlier this week, the social network’s head of trust and safety Del Harvey, said there’s no double standard regarding Trump, according to Recode.  

“We have processes in place to deal with whomever the person may be, we try to be as consistent as possible, as scalable as possible, and there’s always all sorts of context and other things that come into play that make it impossible to comment on hypotheticals as is,” she said while talking about Twitter’s progress on curbing abusive behavior

“The rules are the rules, we enforce them the same way for everybody.”

Hmmm. Harvey’s eyebrow-raising response comes as a recent poll suggests the president should lay off Twitter and calls to ban on Trump’s tweets. Meanwhile, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has said repeatedly that Trump’s presence (and his 34.2 million followers) on the platform is “really important.” 

Trump’s also good for Twitter’s business. Twitter executives have said the platform’s spike to 328 million users is due to its increasing political presence, specifically mentioning a Trump bump. Does this mean that Trump’s July 3 tweet showing him clotheslining CNN doesn’t fall into Twitter’s category of abusive behavior?

The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday. 

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