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Researchers Record Norway’s First Carfentanil Case

A researcher at the department of drug use at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health recently confirmed the first carfentanil seizure in Norway. In March, a 15-year-old died of an overdose on a substance that, at the time of the death, remained unknown. The 15-year-old died with a small vial labeled C-50 in his room. The police reported that the ... Read More »

Security Researchers Found a “One-Stop-Shop” for Hacking Tools on Command and Control Server

Security researchers from Kaspersky Lab’s Secure List described the accidental discovery of a “one-stop-shop” for hacking tools. The Kaspersky Lab team intercepted traffic from machines infected with the Hawkeye RAT and “stumbled upon an interesting domain.” They found a command and control server that saved the keylog data provided by the HawEye RAT. The server additionally sold hacking software, tools, ... Read More »

Researchers Develop Automated Facial Scanner for the Internet and the Darknet Is Next

European law enforcement just rolled out machine learning software that hunts P2P networks for child pornography. The AI automated much of the process—freeing investigators to spend more time investigating suspects. Interpol headquarters tested iCOP (Identifying and Catching Originators in P2P Networks) and found the AI ready for use. Claudia Peersman, the lead author of a study on the software, explained ... Read More »

Feds Give Security Researchers Two Years to Hack Almost Anything

The U.S. Copyright Office recently removed restrictions that hindered IoT security researchers. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) restrictions prevented researchers from reverse engineering copyrighted software. The same was true for cars, voting machines, “IoT” devices, and similar devices. Government opinions on the topic were scattered across the playing field. But the Army recently allowed hackers to hack the Pentagon and ... Read More »

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Researchers Claim the Darknet Has More Legal Sites Than Illegal Ones

The darknet (or darkweb/any variation thereof) has an undeniable stigma. Some know the hidden sites to be a gateway to speaking freely. Others use darknet marketplaces to purchase drugs that are safer than those on the street. Another group may use the anonymity to share child pornography. In the words of Ross Ulbricht, “I learned… when you give people freedom, ... Read More »

Researchers Link Same Group To Yahoo, Dropbox, LinkedIn Hacks

Five hackers are behind the most recent tech company hacks, according to a report from a cybersecurity research firm. This finding was announced after the recent Yahoo breach where a link was discovered, connecting the breach to previous exploitations. Andrew Komarov, Chief Intelligence Officer of InfoArmor claims many of the reports on recent database breaches are considerably inaccurate. The hacks ... Read More »

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Researchers Tell The Senate How Medical Records End Up On The Deepweb

In a report prepared for the U.S. Senate, two security researchers detail why electronic healthcare records (EHR) are being stolen. According to Symantec’s April 2016 Internet Security Threat Report, healthcare was the most targeted and most valuable sector in 2015. EHR hacking has grown innumerably since then. One entity, in particular, has been behind the majority of EHR compromised this ... Read More »

Researchers Prepare for a New Generation of Cyberattacks

Tor is excellent at doing what the software is designed to do. The public has no alternative that provides the level of anonymity that Tor presents. However, with many of the recent threats to the network’s security, researchers are working on a next generation Tor that can withstand the attacks of the future. According to Ars Technica, the US Naval ... Read More »

Researchers Reveal DDoS Attacks Rewards

A Cryptocurrency known as a DDoSCoin has been developed by two researchers. Report by  Cryptocoins News, indicate that the DDoSCoin will be rewarding users that participate in a DDoS attack (distributed denial of service). Which only function when a website that is TLS-enabled (Transport Layer Security) is targeted by a user’s computer. TLS is a Cryptologic protocol in-charge of secure ... Read More »

Researchers Create Deepweb Scanner for Upcoming Cyber Threats

According to Forbes, a team at Arizona State University has developed a machine learning system that actively monitors deepweb traffic for zero-day exploits before they actually happen. In July, the news was covered in articles filled with information on the fully undetectable ransomware, Stampado, that was available to be purchased for only $39. The deepweb is filled with data dumps ... Read More »

According To Researchers, There’s A Malware Targeting Energy Grids

Cybersecurity researchers at SentinelOne just found a malware on a dark net hacking forum that can target energy networks. The name of the malicious software is Furtim, which is a “dropper tool,” a platform that infects a computer and then serves as a base to launch further attacks. The malware was designed to target specifically European energy companies using Windows. ... Read More »

Researchers Design Network they Claim is Faster & Safer than Tor

Shortly after the latest breach in Tor, MIT security researchers claim to have developed a network that’s not only more secure than Tor, but also capable of downloading large files in a tenth of the time. The new network, named Riffle (Thesis paper can be found here), incorporates several well-known cryptographic techniques but utilizes them in a new, more secure ... Read More »

Researchers Found Over 100 Snooping Tor HSDir Relays

Researchers from Northeastern University had announced their findings of over 100 spy nodes targeting hidden services in the Tor network attempting to compromise websites on the dark web. When it tries to access public websites, the Tor network has one big security flaw; despite the fact that the nodes between your computer and the public internet can’t see where the ... Read More »

Tor Teams with Researchers to Harden Tor Browser

Due to the FBI’s success de-anonymizing Tor users, the Tor Project is teaming up with researchers to protect users from any further hacking from the FBI. Vice reports. Pretty recent court cases have shown that the FBI is well capable of hacking Tor, even though the software is praised for its reputation as the best online privacy software available. A ... Read More »

FBI’s Attack On Tor Shows The Threat Of Subpoenas To Security Researchers

Security companies and institutes have a hard time doing their research nowadays. A lawsuit could be filed against them by the “victim” firm or even worse, they could be even criminally indicted if their white-hat hacking violates the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. However, the biggest threat to researchers are subpoenas, which could be filed against them by law enforcement ... Read More »