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The SSH Public Key Authentication Protocol Over Tor – How Vulnerable It Is to Timing Attacks?

The Secure Shell (SSH) public key authentication protocol represents one of the most popularly used authentication methods that rely on public key cryptography. Apart from its massive popularity, the SSH protocol hasn’t been massively studied and even the most advanced users often misconceive its functionality. Version 2 of the SSH protocol is presently being used by millions of internet connected ... Read More »

South Dakota Teen FacingPrison after Ordering 20,000 Fentanyl Pills Form the Dark Web

Trevor Harden, a 19-year-old who was arrested by law enforcement after shipping 20,000 fentanyl pills in the mail to himself now faces a 20-year jail term alongside a $1,000,000 fine. The teen from Chamberlain in a federal court last week, pleaded guilty to knowingly and intentionally attempting to possess and distribute fentanyl, a deadly counterfeit opioid which has broken into ... Read More »

Birmingham Man Guilty of 137 Online Sexual Exploitation Charges

A 28-year-old Cambridge University graduate pleaded guilty to more than 130 charges of distributing child abuse content on the darknet, sexual exploitation, and even encouraging the rape of a four-year-old. He frequently manipulated victims by posing as a female artist and convincing victims to send compromising images of themselves. After receiving the images, the UK’s NCA explained, he gathered information ... Read More »

Michael Flynn Ally Sought Help from The Dark Web for Help on Hillary Clinton Emails

An associate of the former National Security Adviser for Donald Trump, Michael Flynn, arranged an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, and through third parties worked with a person with an understanding of the Darknet for help. Flynn, a retired three-star general, is a central figure in the FBI’s investigation into whether the Kremlin worked within ... Read More »

US Deputy Attorney General Calls for Weakening Encryption

The Trump administration continues to give signs that it is willing to continue to fight the cryptowars which were reignited near the end of the Obama administration when the Department of Justice nearly had a federal court compel Apple to decrypt a dead terrorist’s iPhone. Earlier this month, the Deputy Attorney General of the United States, Rod Rosenstein, gave a ... Read More »

“No Logs” VPN Provider Shared Logs with FBI

Many Virtual Private Network (VPN) providers offer their services while making claims that they do not log traffic, IP addresses, and other user information. Some VPN providers are being honest when they make the claim that they don’t log IP addresses, but others are not being truthful with their customers. In an affidavit released by the Department of Justice, the ... Read More »

New JavaScript Monero Miner Released as More Sites Begin to Mine Coins

A new JavaScript Monero miner project called Crypto-Loot was launched recently. This new JavaScript Monero miner is a competitor to Coinhive, a mining service which originated from a German image board. These cryptocurrency miners run inside of web browsers when a user navigates to a page which loads and runs the mining script. Some websites have deployed these Monero miners ... Read More »

23-10-17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

In early October, a three-judge panel in Greece approved the United States extradition request for Alexander Vinnik, a suspected operator of the BTC-e bitcoin exchange. The United States accused Vinnik of orchestrating a $4bn bitcoin laundering operation, along with several related charges in a 21-count indictment. Vinnik, a Russian national, opposed his extradition to the United States. He appealed to ... Read More »

Australian Cyber Security Centre Reveals Growing Toll of Cyber Crime in Latest Threat Report

Some citizens recently accused the authorities of folding their hands to watch cybercrime increase without any effort to place it under control. In a report released by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network, the monetary loss to online scammers in the country is around $300 million. The latest report from the Australian Cyber ... Read More »

Justice does not know what to do with bitcoins

Bitcoin News Roundup 22.10.17

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Wikileaks founder thanked the U.S. government for the 50,000% ROI it had on Bitcoin Wikileaks founder Julian Assange recently published a tweet thanking the U.S. government for, starting in 2010, erecting an illegal banking blockade against the non-profit whistleblower organization that led companies such as PayPal and American Express ... Read More »

Former PSNI Officer Tried To Purchase Gun via the Dark Web

Allen Kennedy, a 31-year-old man, formally with the PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland) has pleaded guilty to trying to purchase a gun together with ammunition and a silencer on the dark web. He is due to go on trial on the 14th of this month for drug and ammunition charges. Mr. Kennedy on Friday pleaded guilty to attempting to ... Read More »

Deputy Attorney General Calls for Government Backdoors

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told cadets at the Naval Academy in Annapolis that “warrant proof” encryption posed a threat to law enforcement. And by impeding law enforcement’s ability to read messages sent from services like iMessage or Signal, encryption puts the public at risk. His speech to the cadets mirrored another speech from one week prior that he presented ... Read More »

Guardia Civil Bust Former Alphabay Pistol Vendor

With assistance from Europol, Spain’s Guardia Civil arrested a 24-year-old firearm vendor who had sold on Alphabay, along with other darknet matters that allowed weapon listings. In 2017, he had already distributed guns to 30 buyers in 11 countries. The Guardia Civil service called him one of the biggest weapon vendors on the darknet. The Spanish national found himself at ... Read More »

Security Firms are Struggling to Crack New iPhones

In early 2016, the FBI struggled against Apple in court; the FBI claimed they were unable to access the files on the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone and that Apple needed a backdoor to the phone. Apple could not technically access the encrypted contents through any hard-coded backdoor, but they could create a custom update for the phone that would remove ... Read More »