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Staying Safe on the Deep with TAILS

This tutorial is about getting into the deep web in a easy and more secured way. When you access the deep web simply by downloading Tor into your computer, you are putting yourself at risk. First, you are leaving traces on your computer that you access the deep web (unless you delete and download Tor every time you want to ... Read More »

Darknet Drug Purchases Increase by 2.2%, Global Studies Suggest

Two major global drug studies from Global Drug Survey and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) emphasized the impact of the darknet on the rising global drug usages. EMCDDA specifically noted the rise of cryptomarkets such as AlphaBay, that accept anonymous cryptocurrencies including Monero to facilitate transactions. Bitcoin, the best performing currency and asset of 2016 ... Read More »

Delhi Police Fall Behind Cybercriminals and Begin Relying on Outsiders for Help

Between 2015 and 2016, Delhi Police recorded roughly 800 and 700 cybercrime cases, respectively. According to Indian media outlets, only 50 percent of the documented cases resulted in arrests. This year, almost 300 cases remain unsolved by the authorities. The unsolved cases are still under investigation, The Tribune reported on December 24. While police recorded fewer cybercrime cases in 2016, ... Read More »

Department of Defense Employee Sentenced for Selling Stolen Government Items on Ebay

In late December, the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia announced the sentencing of a former Department of Defense employee. Roy E. Friend, a 52-year-old from Newport News, Virginia, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire or mail fraud. According to court documents, Friend used his Department of Defense (DoD) credentials to defraud the ... Read More »

Members of Major Cannabinoid Distribution Ring Sign Guilty Plea Deal

In Jefferson City, Missouri, four co-conspirators pleaded guilty to their roles in a large-scale synthetic cannabinoid trafficking ring. The four individuals, according to the indictment, trafficked $6.6-million of synthetic cannabinoids. In addition to the drug trafficking charges, the defendants also faced money laundering and mail fraud charges. Despite a 14-count indictment packed with incriminating information, the prosecution dropped every drug-related ... Read More »

Nigeria Lacks a 2017 Cybersecurity Strategy but Faces the Most Cybercrime Ever Seen

According to the Cyber Security Experts Association of Nigeria (CSEAN), the Nigerian government is ill-prepared for cybercrime in 2017. Cybercrime changed drastically during 2016; threat actors grew in number and capability. The Nigerian government lacked a cybersecurity budget and overlooked the creation of a realistic strategy. For these reasons alone, CSEAN announced a fearfulness for the cybersecurity landscape in 2017. ... Read More »

EU Council Requests The Registration Of Bitcoin Users

The European Council seeks to introduce an anti-terrorism measure that will ensure a stricter handling on cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ripple. If the motion gets accepted by the heads of state and the governments of the member countries, the listed currencies will be managed by the EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive. According to the German media outlet heise.de, the ... Read More »

176 Investigations Started In Sweden, Operation Hyperion

176 investigations started against 226 persons in Sweden as part of Operation Incognito, the Scandinavian side of the United States-led Operation Hyperion. Hyperion was a global law enforcement action against dark web criminals (who dealt mostly with narcotics). Authorities already detained and remanded 12 of the suspects in custody from the Northern region. Most of the suspects are located in ... Read More »

Indian Government is Preparing to Fight Digital Black Economy Involving Bitcoin

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government devised one of the country’s worst financial catastrophes to date, as the general population struggle to finance daily living amid severe shortage of cash. The Indian government’s demonetization of two most widely used banknotes and confiscation of gold has pushed people to search for alternative stores of value like bitcoin. However, mainstream media reports ... Read More »

Hardware Wallets: Keep your friends close, and your Bitcoins closer

There are many of ways to secure your bitcoins. While a big portion of the cryptocurrency community resorts to keeping their coins on an exchange, this is a very unsafe practice. Using a local wallet reduces the risk of losing your Bitcoins considerably. However, local wallets can still be reached in extreme circumstances where an hacker/attacker has access to your ... Read More »

BIX Certificates – Cryptographic Tokens Promoting Anonymity For Blockchain Transactions

With the advent of the blockchain technology and the use of the internet along with mobile technologies, a brand new group of transactions and applications, which rely on anonymity, is increasingly gaining interest and acceptance. Ingenious payment systems, blockchain based voting, digital notaries, medical services and electronic auctions represent examples of these new applications. Beside anonymity, such transactions and applications ... Read More »

Secure Multi-party Computing Using Bitcoin’s Blockchain

Secure multiparty computation (MPC) has been extensively researched during the past 30 years as it can theoretically provide limitless computational power. The rise of bitcoin and the blockchain technology, during the recent few years, have created new possibilities that can revolutionize MPC. Inspired by bitcoin, a group of researchers published a thesis that focused on the formulation of a secure ... Read More »

Utilizing The Blockchain & Smart Contract Technologies To Create a Decentralized Government

Bitcoin and the blockchain technology haven’t only revolutionized the financial system, but also introduced us to a whole new era of decentralization that can change the global political system. The blockchain technology has the potential to enable individuals to change how they interact in politics via an unprecedented system that is primarily based on disintermediation via blockchain’s automatic trustless transactions. ... Read More »

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Maximizing Security of Cloud Storage Providers Using PGP and Bitcoin’s Blockchain Technology

Despite the fact that cloud computing is currently adopted on a wide scale, the security and maintenance of privacy of accounts in various cloud computing environments are still questionable. Securing data in a cloud setting utilizes the same methods employed to secure data on a conventional data centre. Many methods are now used to secure cloud storage accounts including identity ... Read More »