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India’s National Internet Registry Breach, Data Spotted On Darknet

Over 6,000 businesses in India have been reportedly breached by an unknown cyber criminal. The enterprise arm of IT security firm Quick Heal, Seqrite claimed they spotted over 6,000 sensitive information of organizations including service providers, banks and government put up on the Darknet for sale. According to the information, the nation’s internet registry was also hit by the attack, ... Read More »

Hacker Advertises India National Internet Registry Database

Two security companies, Seqrite’s Cyber Intelligence Labs and seQtree InfoServices noticed an advertisement on a darknet forum for access to a database (a dump, not live access) that belonged to India’s National Internet Registry. The data breach impacted more than 6,000 internet service providers, government entities, and private companies. As of now, it looks as if no damage has come ... Read More »

Spain Censoring the Internet, Cracking Down on Free Speech

The government of Spain has begun to crack down on freedom of speech and expression online. The crackdown stems from a referendum to be voted on in October where the people of Catalonia will determine if they want Catalonia to become an independent republic and separate from Spain. Days after a Spanish court ordered all domains associated with the Catalan ... Read More »

Teenage SMG Buyer Granted Internet Access for Homework

In April this year, a teenager left his school’s property to meet an undercover officer that he had met on the darknet. In a series of messages and events that effectively qualify as entrapment in some countries, the officer convinced the teenager—14 at the time—to purchase a machine gun and 100 rounds of ammunition for $180. After the inevitable arrest, ... Read More »

μProxy – A Hardware Relay Solution for Protecting Geolocation Anonymity of Internet Users

Anonymity and privacy of internet users have attracted considerable attention during the past few years. A pivotal privacy issue is that a user’s geographical location can be pinpointed, if his/her IP address has been detected, giving the attacker a relatively precise real-time location. In most cases, this information is adequate for an attacker, to close in and eventually determine the ... Read More »

China Instates ID Requirement for Internet Comments Following VPN Ban

Chinese regulators have released new rules which would require identity verification for people in China who make comments on the internet. This new regulation expands on a prior regulation that has been in effect for several years already which requires identity verification in order for people in China to purchase cell phone numbers or to use online chat services such ... Read More »

Two More Internet Drug Dealers Arrested in Russia

As a result of an ongoing operation into drug trafficking on the area, the Federal Drug Control Service of the Russian Federation (FSKN) arrested two members of a group responsible for the production and distribution of amphetamine in St. Petersburg. The two suspects sold their products through an online drug store. The FSKN identified an organized crime ring operating out ... Read More »

Russian Officials Find Drugs on “Internet Stores”

In a routine audit of internet activity, the Prosecutor’s Office of the Murmansk region discovered “internet stores” that sold drugs. In this so-called “internet sphere,” authorities found sites that posed a threat to the life and health of citizens of the the Russian Federation. In addition to selling illegal drugs, the sites sold also counterfeit medication. The threatening websites violated ... Read More »

Europol Seeks The Help Of Internet Users To Identify Pedophiles

As part of the organization’s ongoing efforts to end cybercrime, Europol launched a crowdsourcing initiative called “Trace an Object.” Europol, the law enforcement agency that exists to provide support to EU member states, launched “Trace an Object” as an extension of ongoing investigations into child abuse. In essence, Europol will upload images that connect to unsolved child abuse cases—the images ... Read More »

UK Conservatives Pledge to Control Internet with New Regulations

The United Kingdom’s Conservative and Unionist Party leader Theresa May recently unveiled the party’s election manifesto. Towards the end of the manifesto, the party states that, “Some people say that it is not for government to regulate when it comes to technology and the internet. We disagree.” The party’s new manifesto, titled Forward, Together – Our Plan for a Stronger ... Read More »

Blockstack – A Blockchain Based Trust-to-Trust Internet Architecture

The internet’s initial design, which relied on the end-to-end framework principle, led to mobilization of program specific logic and complexity to the peripheral parts of the network, while keeping the network’s center focusing on the simple task of delivery of data. Nevertheless, the originally proposed end-to-end principle did not offer sufficient levels of trust and security. There are multiple central ... Read More »

Germany Facing Record Levels of Internet Fraud

A recent case in Germany revealed just how common fraudulent online storefronts have become. The Munich District Court heard a case that exemplified the fraud issues in Germany. And Matthias Huber, public prosecutor, explained the reason similar shops kept causing problems for the general public—and the police. The biggest issue that victims often face, he explained, was that fraudsters usually ... Read More »

Concerns Over Transformed Alarm Weapon Sales On The Internet In Portugal

Portuguese authorities expressed their concern over the sale of transformed alarm weapons on the internet. According to the police report, citizens in Portugal search mostly for those of Turkish origin. Transformed alarm firearms, which are illegal to be sold or possessed, can be easily acquired on the internet, and are one of the biggest concerns of the Polícia de Segurança ... Read More »

Catalonian Authorities Identified A Scam Where Fake And Stolen Smartphones Are Sold On The Internet

Law enforcement authorities in Barcelona, Madrid, Lleida and Tarragona, Spain identified a new type of scam conducted by organized criminals, where the suspects sell smartphones that are assembled with illegally imported counterfeit or stolen parts and are sold on the internet. A researcher skilled in the topic suggested that there are connections to the darknet in the criminal activities. Law ... Read More »

Internet Privacy Law Causing Increase in VPN Subscribers

We covered and closely followed the so-called “joint resolution” law that stripped American citizens of a previously established Internet privacy rule; The US Senate, at the time, voted to overrule orders from the FCC last year. The bill passed. To the dissatisfaction of many, the House too passed S.J.Res.34. The President signed the bill and internet users, even those who ... Read More »