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Monero Becomes First Major Cryptocurrency to Adopt Bulletproofs

Monero (XMR), one of the world’s leading privacy-centric cryptocurrencies, has recently adopted a new technology known as “bulletproofs”, becoming the first major cryptocurrency to adopt the technology. The adoption of bulletproofs by Monero has made the coin much more efficient, and helped enhance security and user privacy. Bulletproofs are a new kind of non-interactive zero knowledge proof protocol. This new ... Read More »

Australian Anti-Encryption Bill Moving Forward Despite Objections from Tech Experts

On September 10th the deadline passed for public comments on a draft version of Australia’s proposed Assistance and Access bill. This is a piece of anti-encryption legislation that is currently being considered by legislators in the Australian House of Representatives. The Department of Home Affairs received over 15,000 comments on the draft of the anti-encryption bill. Many non-profit organizations, businesses, ... Read More »

Researchers Find Flaws in NordVPN and ProtonVPN

Earlier this month, computer security researchers at Cisco Talos publicly disclosed their discovery of two security vulnerabilities that affected two of the world’s top Virtual Private Network (VPN) providers. The two VPN providers that had been affected were NordVPN and ProtonVPN. Both of the vulnerabilities discovered by the researchers from Cisco Talos were related to another vulnerability that had been ... Read More »

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EU Court Rules GCHQ’s Mass Surveillance Violated Human Rights

The European Court of Human Rights recently issued an opinion in which the court ruled that the United Kingdom’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) spy agency had violated privacy rights. The challenge to GCHQ’s mass surveillance programs came about after the existence of them was brought to the public’s attention from documents released by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The ruling from ... Read More »

Five Eyes Surveillance Alliance Wants Developers to Build Backdoors Into Encrypted Apps

According to statements published by the Australian government, the Five Eyes intelligence alliance have declared their intent to get software and hardware developers to insert backdoors that would enable governments to have easy access to encrypted data. Five Eyes is a sharing alliance for intelligence agencies. They are focused primarily on working together with English native speaking tongues. In this ... Read More »

Pennsylvania Man Charged With Distributing 12,000 Xanax Pills and Other Drugs from the Darknet

An 18-year-old man known as Noah Hendricks, of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, was recently charged in August with distributing a variety of drugs he had obtained from darknet drug markets. Noah Hendricks, the son of Selinsgrove Borough Council Vice President Shane Hendricks, had already been in prison for much of this year related to drug robbery case. His bail was eventually revoked ... Read More »

DHS Warns Corporations Are Being Targeted on the Darknet

In a new alert issued by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the agency is warning that corporate applications are being targeted by hackers using the darknet. The DHS issued the alert based on information it had received in a report from the cybersecurity and digital risk management firms Digital Shadows and Onapsis. Their report claims that Enterprise ... Read More »

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The Onion Report: The Tor Project at HOPE

Every two years the Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE) conference is held at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City. The Tor Project has held a panel discussion on the state of the Tor Project at each HOPE called The Onion Report, during which the new developments at the Tor Project are discussed. At this year’s HOPE, The Onion Report ... Read More »

How To Torrent Pharmaceutical Drugs

At the recent Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE) conference, Dr. Michael S. Laufer the chief spokesman for the biohacker collective known as the Four Thieves Vinegar Collective, gave his second presentation at the hacker conference. Laufer is a doctor of mathematics, not a doctor of medicine, but he works on a project that could change how people can get access ... Read More »

US Government Will Now Allow Defense Distributed to Distribute 3D Printed Firearms Software

After years of litigation, the United States Department of Justice has finally decided to settle with Defense Distributed, the creators of the first 3D printed firearm, and the Second Amendment Foundation. Under the settlement the Department of Justice will no longer prohibit Defense Distributed from distributing its 3D printed firearms software over the internet. Defense Distributed and its companion site, ... Read More »

ICE Agents Posed As Money Launderers to Bust Darknet Drug Dealers

The United States Department of Justice recently announced that federal law enforcement agents have filed charges against 90 people as the result of an undercover federal operation on the darknet. The undercover investigation was conducted by law enforcement agents from the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations branch. ICE is itself a branch of the Department ... Read More »

Brave Web Browser Implements Private Tabs That Use Tor

The latest release of the Brave web browser includes a new privacy feature that is in beta testing. When a private tab is opened in version 0.23 of the Brave web browser, users now have the option to enable the new privacy feature that uses Tor onion routing to help increase privacy. This new feature makes private tabs actually private, ... Read More »

Supreme Court Refuses to Review Ross Ulbricht’s Case

In December of last year, the attorneys for Ross Ulbricht, the convicted creator of the original Silk Road darknet, had asked the Supreme Court of the United States to review Ulbricht’s case in a petition for a writ of certiorari they filed with the high court. But prior to the end of the Supreme Court’s term for this year, the ... Read More »

Secret Service Wants Congress to Regulate Anonymous Cryptocurrencies, Coin Mixing, and Mining Pools

The United States House of Representatives’ Committee on Financial Services’ Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance recently held a hearing on the Illicit Use of Virtual Currency and the Law Enforcement Response. The only three people to testify at the hearing before the Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finances were all law enforcement agents who worked for the federal government. ... Read More »