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New Hampshire Bill Would Defend Cryptocurrencies

A new bill recently passed in the New Hampshire House of Representatives would reverse regulations created by a law that was enacted in 2015. The regulations enacted in 2015 were the result of ironically numbered House Bill 666, a piece of legislation that was requested by the New Hampshire Banking Department. House Bill 666 regulated certain cryptocurrency businesses as money ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, March 26 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: A bitcoin scaling meeting may take place in May According to CoinDesk, a small group of bitcoin industry leaders, developers, and miners plan on discussing the cryptocurrency’s future in a meeting taking place in New York, in May. A notice including a list of potential guests was posted to ... Read More »

Legal Aspects of DAO (Decentralized Autonomous Organization)

Decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) represents an innovative means for organization of a network of decentralized users for taking common decisions and engaging in smart contracts. Any user can submit a smart contract proposal to the DAO. Every user can vote for or against any given smart contract. The DAO program will execute the decision voted for by the majority. The ... Read More »

A Comprehensive Privacy Analysis of Tor Hidden Services

Tor is one of the most popular darknets, which is known for its high levels of anonymity. Even though Tor’s protocol and its relay security have been thoroughly studied, there is currently no detailed analysis of the framework and privacy of hidden web services on this widely used darknet. To address this, a group of researchers formulated a specialized analysis ... Read More »

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Exploratory Data Analysis for Tor Marketplaces – The Drugs’ Case

The world of anonymous marketplaces represents a novel channel for black markets, which offer a wide variety of illegal merchandize. For most marketplaces on the darknet, the overall incidence of sales is still not comparable with the sales incidence of similar physical markets. Nevertheless, given the fact that it reflects an essential trade channel, offering opportunities to new as well ... Read More »

Attorney in Ireland Links the DNMs to an Ongoing Gang War

In Belfast, a High Court case took a surprising twist when the prosecution made their argument. The Gardaí arrested three men several months ago for attempted purchase of illegal weapons from the darknet. One of the men, Thomas Morgan, received no bail, but his co-defendants saw a completely different situation. Despite his claims that he played no role in the ... Read More »

Europe-wide Raids In Three Countries Taking Down Cybercrime Network

On Tuesday, law enforcement authorities in three European countries raided numerous locations and detained several suspects who were linked to a cybercrime forum on the dark web. Just in Germany, more than 1,000 investigators searched over 120 homes and offices in connection with crimenetwork.biz. On the dark net website, cybercriminals were selling various illicit products, including stolen goods, narcotics, and ... Read More »

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German Gets Lesser Sentence Due To Active Addiction Treatment

The Marburg Magistrate Court sentenced a 34-year-old to two years of probation for ordering narcotics from the dark web. Since the suspect reported that he was addicted to drugs for a long time and actively took part in a therapy program, he received a lesser sentence from the judge. The prosecution charged the defendant with 10 drug-related charges. According to ... Read More »

Young German Ordered Weed From Dark Web – Sentenced To Community Work

An 18-year-old from Waldheim, Germany ordered marijuana from the dark web. When his parents found out, they imposed a house arrest on their son. Additionally, the juvenile court sentenced the defendant to community work. According to official court documents, the 18-year-old ordered 120 grams of marijuana from Canada. However, he never received the package since customs intercepted the parcel. When ... Read More »

Some Cities Using Smart City Gunfire Detection

ShotSpotter, as described by the New York Post, demonstrated the advanced level of data extraction made possible by modern technology. SST’s ShotSpotter is a tool that provides law enforcement with details of a shooting far more quickly than someone can place a call. Not only that, but the technology can pick up what type of weapon, how many weapons, how ... Read More »

Fileless Malware Attack Evades AV with DNS

Malware authors never fail to find new ways of doing the same thing to go under the AV’s radar. Recently, Cisco’s security researchers team Talos spotted a novelty in controlling exploited computers. Dubbed DNSMessenger, it’s a Remote Administration Tool (RAT) that used DNS to communicate with Command & Control server. DNSMessenger Infection Chain Even though attack vector includes a file, ... Read More »

DoJ Drops Child Porn Charges to Keep Tor Exploit Confidential

Last April, the FBI refused to comply with a federal judge when he requested information about the Bureau’s Tor exploit. The FBI used a piece of malware called a Network Investigative Technique or NIT against a massive darknet child pornography website. The malware exposed site viewers to the FBI who subsequently arrested several hundred suspects.. However, the FBI’s struggle to ... Read More »

Woman Buys Drug From Darkweb With Bitcoin, Faces 4 Years in Prison

Jamie Marie Robertson, a 32-year-old woman charged for unlawful use of a communications facility, pleaded guilty in the Lubbock federal court. Robertson will face up to four years in prison for her key role in the distribution of fentanyl on the darknet, a powerful synthetic opiod analgesic that is 100 times more potent than morphine, according to the National Institute ... Read More »

CIA Forced to Hack Phones To Snoop on Signal and WhatsApp Users

Wikileaks has released Vault 7, the first part in a series of leaks which comprise the largest leakage of secret CIA documents ever. The data Wikileaks obtained was taken from the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence. The leaks revealed that as of 2016, the CIA uses at least 26 “weaponized” zero days and techniques, developed by the NSA and the ... Read More »