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AlphaBay Fentanyl Analog Vendor EtiKing Found Guilty

Jeremy P. Achey, a 43 year old man from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, was convicted in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida of conspiracy to distribute and distribution of controlled substance analogues. Achey was the last person to run the AlphaBay vendor account known as EtiKing. The AlphaBay vendor account EtiKing, along with a large amount of ... Read More »

Congress Renews FISA Section 702’s Warrantless Mass Surveillance

After passing a temporary extension in December, both the United States Senate and United States House of Representatives passed a six year reauthorization of a controversial section of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The section, Section 702, authorizes much of the warrantless global mass surveillance conducted by the United States intelligence community, which was exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden. ... Read More »

Leak Shows US Army and NSA Compromised Tor, I2P, VPNs and Wants to Track Monero

A photograph showing an alleged leaked Army document revealing a joint project to track anonymous cryptocurrencies seems to have come from a somewhat unlikely place. The photograph reveals some interesting things, one of which is the revelation that the National Security Agency (NSA) is conducting a joint project with the US Army’s Cyber Protection Team (CPT) from the Cyber Protection ... Read More »

FBI Shows Video of AlphaBay Admin’s Arrest During Conference

A recent cybersecurity conference held at Fordham University in New York City featured speeches by a variety of speakers from law enforcement including agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). During the conference FBI Director Christopher Wray called encryption “a major public safety issue.” Former Director of the CIA John Brennan also spoke at the conference, as well as ... Read More »

FBI Director Believes Encryption is a Public Safety Issue

Some officials within America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been pushing for reigniting the Crypto Wars, and at a recent cybersecurity conference FBI Director Christopher Wray called encryption “a major public safety issue.” Law enforcement officials from various levels of government spoke at the International Conference on Cyber Security 2018, which was held earlier this month at Fordham University ... Read More »

Meltdown and Spectre Exploits Target Flaw in Chip Designs

A pair of exploits which target hardware design flaws in CPUs made by Intel, AMD, and ARM have come to light early in 2018. The exploits allow programs, even JavaScript, to gain access to sensitive information, including passwords and encryption keys, stored in virtual memory. The first exploit, known as Meltdown, only affects Intel processors and some ARM processors. The ... Read More »

How the American Government Surveils the Blockchain

The United States federal government has paid approximately half a million dollars to a private corporation to help various agencies conduct surveillance on the Bitcoin blockchain. The corporation which helps the United States government conduct mass surveillance of Bitcoin transactions is known as Chainalysis. The company has contracts with at least over half a dozen federal agencies. Chainalysis has offices ... Read More »

Edward Snowden Helps Create App to Fight Evil Maid Attacks

The man who helped expose the NSA’s warrantless global mass surveillance programs is now helping users protect their hardware from physical tampering by attackers. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has helped create a new Android app which helps secure hardware from “Evil Maid” attacks. An Evil Maid attack is when a device is physically tampered with, without the device owner’s knowledge. ... Read More »

NSA Exploits Used to Create Monero Mining Malware

A pair of exploits used by the NSA, which had been leaked online earlier this year by the hacker group known as the Shadow Brokers, is now causing havoc by aiding a group that is using the exploits to install malware which runs Monero mining software on infected computers. Cybersecurity experts from F5 Networks have discovered an attacker who is ... Read More »

German Government Wants Backdoors on All Devices

Germany’s Federal Minister of the Interior, Thomas de Maizière, is calling for a vast expansion of the government’s surveillance capabilities through backdoor access to virtually all electronic devices, including automobiles, computers, and smartphones. Thomas de Maizière has created a proposal he plans to discuss at an upcoming conference in Leipzig which would create “the legal duty for third parties to ... Read More »

Classified Documents Show NSA Secretly Helped Convict People in US Courts

An Uzbekistani man who immigrated to the United States in 2009 has become another victim of the United States’ warrantless surveillance programs. The man, whose name is Fazliddin Kurbanov, arrived in the United States as a refugee who had converted from Islam to Christianity. Kurbanov moved to Boise, Idaho and began taking classes to learn how to become a truck ... Read More »

Federal Court Orders Coinbase to Turn Over Records on 14,355 Customers to the IRS

In 2016, Bitcoin exchange Coinbase was ordered by a federal court in California to turn over customer information. On November 29th of this year the court ruled that Coinbase must turn over information on 14,355 customers to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The records involve customers who either bought, sold, sent, or received more than $20,000 worth of Bitcoin. The ... Read More »

US Supreme Court Hears Landmark Cellphone Privacy Case

On Wednesday, November 29th oral arguments in the case of Carpenter v. United States began in the Supreme Court of the United States. The Carpenter v. United States case could have huge implications for digital privacy in the United States. Some privacy rights activists are calling this case the biggest case on digital privacy rights of this century. The court’s ... Read More »