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Possible Upcoming Attempts to Disable The Tor Network

Just a month after Operation Onymous, It seems that the government keeps coming up with new reasons to try and cripple the Tor network, The Tor project posted this on their blog: The Tor Project has learned that there may be an attempt to incapacitate our network in the next few days through the seizure of specialized servers in the ... Read More »

Silk Road Vendor “Caligirl” Sentenced to 5.10 Years in Prison

Former Silk road vendor Matthew Jones, a/k/a “Caligirl,” “Dynamite2k,” “Dynamite`,” “Tyler Zeddai,” “Mateo Jones” (profile backup) who was arrested around May, Was sentenced to five years and ten months in federal prison for selling Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, MDMA, Methamphetamine, Cocaine, and Hashish and operating a drugs lab, according to a press release from Justice.gov, full details about the arrest and conviction: Texas ... Read More »

Research & News in Tor, Privacy, & Security – Dec 15th, 2014

Tor Browser 4.0.2 has been released. The new release fixes compiler bugs in Windows, ensures that cache entires are isolated by domain, and prevents user locale settings from being leaked by the Javascript engine. Tor Browser 4.5-alpha-2 is now out. This version includes improvements to Torbutton’s circuit visualization feature, and removes a custom fix to the POODLE vulnerability, implementing Mozilla’s ... Read More »

Weekly Bitcoin Update – 13-12-14

Recapping the week’s biggest Bitcoin stories from around the web SecondMarket came away from the second Silk Road auction a big winner, according to Sydney Ember of The New York Times. The company was able to purchase 48,000 of the auction’s 50,000 bitcoins, meaning that it was able to purchase 96% of the available holdings. The other 2,000 bitcoins went ... Read More »

Darkcoin Gains Acceptance In The Online Gaming Market

A press release from Darkcoin.io – Online gambling and sports betting is a thriving industry that seem especially suited for cryptocurrencies. With the emergence of the internet, the gaming industry went online, it seemed natural that people could now interact with each other online. Since placing bets is more like establishing a contract between two parties for a specific outcome ... Read More »

Operation Hydrabad: 5 Arrested in New Zealand

As it was published in a Press Release from New Zealand Police: A joint Manawatü Police and Customs operation has resulted in the arrest of five people in relation to the importation of nearly half a million dollars worth of the Class A drug methamphetamine. Operation Hydrabad commenced on 1 September, 2014 when the first of several packages containing MDMA and methamphetamine ... Read More »

2 Silk Road Buyers Convicted In New Zeland

As it was published by Stuff.co.nz, Apparently they were Silk Road 1 Buyers, as another article suggests, that the orders were intercepted in September 2013 (see this Reddit thread for details): Auckland [NZ] couple Daniel Wayne Fowler, 23, and Lisa Marie Clark, 22, appeared for sentence in the Manukau District Court today. Fowler pleaded guilty to importing a class B ... Read More »

Weekly Bitcoin Update – 12-7-14

Recapping the week’s biggest Bitcoin stories from around the web The second auction of Silk Road Bitcoin by U.S. Marshals has been completed. John Biggs of TechCrunch notes that the auction consisted of 50,000 BTC. A total of eleven bidders placed bids on the cryptocurrency. This number represents a substantial decrease from the 45 bidders who placed bids in the ... Read More »

Research & News in Tor, Privacy, & Security – Nov 30th, 2014

Research Wei Yu et al. published a research paper titled “On Effectiveness of Hopping-Based Spread Spectrum Techniques for Network Forensic Traceback”. The paper analyzes efficient techniques for tracing the origin of “cyber crimes through anonymous communication networks.” The paper outlines techniques for performing traffic confirmation attacks through the use of Frequency Hopping Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (FHSS), Code Hopping-DSSS (CH-DSSS), ... Read More »

Bitcoin News Roundup: 11-28-14

Covering the week’s biggest Bitcoin stories from around the web Shopping Bitcoin owners were able to use their cryptocurrency during the biggest shopping day of the year. As Chris Morris of NBC News writes, Bitcoin Black Friday is now a major online shopping event. Two years ago, 50 merchants participated in the shopping event. That number grew to 600 in ... Read More »

Global Drug Survey requests your help!

Global Drug Survey is an independent research organisation that operates the largest annual survey of drug use in the world. Run by addictions psychiatrist Dr Adam Winstock, Global Drug Survey strongly supports harm reduction and accepts that pleasure drives the majority of drug use, which for most people most of the time is not a source of distress or harm ... Read More »

Silk Road 2 Admin Blake Benthall Released From Prison?!

Update:  According to the documents on Pacer his status is ““Detention on consent without prejudice.” (agrees to stay in jail) & According to Vinelink,  he was transferred to an “Unknown location”, which explains the “released” part fom the BOP site: So he was not released, and being held in an “Unknown location”. Thanks to Reddit user World177 For confirming the ... Read More »

Research & News in Tor, Privacy, & Security – Nov 24th, 2014

Tor Browser 4.5-alpha-1 has been released, which marks the first release of the 4.5 Tor Browser series. It includes a “security slider”, which is designed to allow a user to easily edit security preferences. The security slider has four security settings: low (default), medium-low, medium-high, and high. The new “status reporting UI” allows a user to quickly see the Tor ... Read More »

Bitcoin News Roundup – 24Nov. 2014

Presenting the week’s biggest Bitcoin stories from around the web. Making Purchases Not only is Black Friday the biggest shopping day of the year, but will also become the biggest Bitcoin shopping day as well. Caleb Chen of CrytpoCoins News writes that merchants will be offering a variety of bitcoin discounts and bitcoin-only deals. Last year, BitPay proceeded $6 million ... Read More »