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The Darkmail Alliance

After being forced to shut down his service in order to not hand over user data, Lavabit founder Ladar Levison teamed up with Mike Janke and Jon Callas, the CEO and CTO of Silent Circle. They also shut down their email service out of fear of being forced to hand over user data to authorities. They together have formed ‘The ... Read More »

APT attacks via the Tor network, “OnionDuke”

The Leviathan security group discovered that malicious Tor exist nodes where wrapping executable windows files (.exe files) with malware. The malware was dubbed “OnionDuke” by F-Secure researchers. The MiniDuke Link MiniDuke was a highly sophisticated malware that previously infected government agencies and organisations spanning 23 countries. MiniDuke used multiple layers of encryption and clever coding tricks that made the malware ... Read More »

Doxbin’s Nachash On Operation Onymous (P.2)

First Part – #Nashcash Tag – Read the other posts related to Operation Onymous Here Last week the FBI took down 410 .onion sites that belong to 27 different sites that offered services and products ranging from Class A drugs to hitmen-for-hire with 16 other Europol nations as a part of operation Onymous. Many operators are still at large despite ... Read More »

In-Depth Look Into Sidechains

Following the proposal for having Bitcoin Sidechains that was discussed earlier in 2014 Adam Back, Matt Corallo, Luke Dashjr, Mark Friedenbach, Gregory Maxwell, Andrew Miller, Andrew Poelstra, Jorge Timón, and Pieter Wuille released the first white paper on sidechains titled ‘Enabling Blockchain Innovations with Pegged Sidechains’ A detailed 22 page whitepaper which discuses design rationale, the applications of sidechains, drawbacks ... Read More »

The Ramifications of BitLicence

Introduction The New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) released its long-anticipated list of proposed rules and regulations that will be required for New York-based bitcoin businesses. As the first state to pass regulations on Bitcoin the ‘BitLicence’ could potentially be used as a draft template for other states/ nations if they decide to regulate Bitcoin. Who need’s a BitLicence? ... Read More »

ISIS Supporter: The Islamic State Does NOT Use Bitcoin

The BBC recently aired a video about Dark Wallet a new wallet application that promises to anonymise your Bitcoin transactions. The BBC video wasn’t without controversy. They attempted to smear Dark Wallet by associating it with the Islamic State and illegal use. The Author The PDF that presented in the BBC article was written and posted on a WordPress blog ... Read More »

BlockSign: Sign and Verify Documents Using Blockchain

What is BlockSign?          BlockSign is a platform which runs on the Blockchain that cryptographically signs documents and timestamps them allowing them to be later verified on the internet How does it work? BlockSign is a web application from the user’s perception as the upload their document add their signature which is their name, email address and time/date of the signature ... Read More »

Storj – Decentralized Cloud Storage

Who? Storj is a decentralised cloud storage application. It was founded by Shawn Wilkinson (Lead Developer), Jim Lowry (Lead Advisor), Tome Boshevski (Lead Designer) and Josh Brandoff (Core Developer). Why? When you upload your files onto Google Drive or DropBox or SkyDrive or similar programs, we rely on these companies with our data and we don’t have much control over ... Read More »

Bitcoin-Ethereum (Part 2)

First Part: Ethereum: Making the Entire World Trustless (Part 1 – Introduction) What is Ethereum? Conducting transactions through a third party means we need to assume that the third party conducts the transactions in a secure manner, however these assumptions have been proven to be false, or inconsistent, exemplified by examples such as the Mt.Gox incident. Ethereum, a “Crypto 2.0” ... Read More »

Introduction To Sidechains and Blockchain 2.0

Sidechains is a new concept that could help push Bitcoin forward and expand its functionalities. Firstly we’d like to address what is the Blockchain? A blockchain is a transaction database which is shared by all nodes in the Bitcoin system.All transactions since the creation of Bitcoin are documented on the Blockchain. Sidechains are built on top of the original Blockchain ... Read More »

OpenBazaar: A Decentralized Alternative

OpenBazaar (Github: https://github.com/OpenBazaar/OpenBazaar) is a spin-off of the Dark Market that is supported by the official Dark Market team going so far as to allow an OpenBazaar section on their online forums. OpenBazaaar utilises Bitcoin and Cryptography to compete with the likes of eBay, enabling pure Peer-Peer transactions without a middle manipulating the entire scheme for their benefit. Ricardian contracts, ... Read More »