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Tor Browser Updates Patch IP Leaking TorMoil Bug

With the new updates in Tor Browser version 7.0.9 for Linux and Mac operating systems, Tor is now patched up from a new vulnerability that was recently discovered that would cause Tor Browser to leak the IP address of its user. The vulnerability was given the name TorMoil by the person who discovered, Filippo Cavallarin of wearesegment.com. The bug does ... Read More »

Signal Releases New Standalone Desktop Client

In a blog post published on Halloween, Open Whisper Systems, the developers of the free and open source Signal encrypted communications app, announced that they had released a new standalone desktop version of their app for Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows. Signal is largely used on mobile devices, however the release of the new Signal Desktop app is ... Read More »

Coinhive Hacked and Launches New Opt-In Service

On October 23rd the JavaScript Monero mining service Coinhive had their Cloudflare account hacked. The hacker changed the DNS records on Coinhive’s Cloudflare account and were able to hijack all Coinhive accounts by getting thousands of sites to load a modified version of the coinhive.min.js script. This modified script forced thousands of sites that run Coinhive’s miner to begin mining ... Read More »

New DEA Report Covers Bitcoin Money Laundering and Darknet Drug Trade

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the United States Department of Justice recently jointly released their National Drug Threat Assessment for this year. In the new report, the DEA mentions the use of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies for money laundering, as well as drug trafficking through darknet markets. The DEA’s Strategic Intelligence Section creates a new drug threat ... Read More »

Google to Enable Encrypted DNS Requests in Android

Google has added a new function that it is testing out for the Android mobile Operating System. The new feature encrypts Domain Name Server (DNS) requests using the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol and is called DNS-over-TLS, similar to how HTTP data is encrypted with TLS when using the HTTPS protocol. Android is currently the most popular mobile operating system ... Read More »

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Microsoft to Drop Lawsuit Against US Government Secrecy Orders

Microsoft recently dropped one of their lawsuits against the United States federal government. The lawsuit that is being dismissed was originally filed in the spring of last year and challenged the indefinite secrecy orders under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 that the federal government had frequently been using. Over a period of a year and a half, the ... Read More »

US Attorney General Says Use of Bitcoin on the Darknet is a Big Problem

During a recent Department of Justice oversight hearing before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified about the concerns federal law enforcement have about the use of cryptocurrency on the darknet. The Attorney General’s remarks on the darknet were in response to a question from Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California. Senator Feinstein’s question ... Read More »

Two Chinese Nationals Charged in Darknet Fentanyl Case

Two Chinese nationals have been indicted in an international drug trafficking investigation. The two Chinese men who were indicted include 38 year old Jian Zhang and 40 year old Xiaobing Yan. Both men were indicted on charges of trafficking fentanyl into the United States. Law enforcement claims that the two men had made transactions on the darknet to American and ... Read More »

Russian Government Fines Telegram for Not Providing A Backdoor

The Russian government has fined Telegram 800,000 Rubles, which is approximately 14,000 US Dollars. The Meshchansky District Court in Moscow had levied the fine after Telegram failed to comply with an official request from the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation, better known as the FSB, to be given access to the decrypted content of encrypted Telegram chats. The ... Read More »

US Deputy Attorney General Calls for Weakening Encryption

The Trump administration continues to give signs that it is willing to continue to fight the cryptowars which were reignited near the end of the Obama administration when the Department of Justice nearly had a federal court compel Apple to decrypt a dead terrorist’s iPhone. Earlier this month, the Deputy Attorney General of the United States, Rod Rosenstein, gave a ... Read More »

“No Logs” VPN Provider Shared Logs with FBI

Many Virtual Private Network (VPN) providers offer their services while making claims that they do not log traffic, IP addresses, and other user information. Some VPN providers are being honest when they make the claim that they don’t log IP addresses, but others are not being truthful with their customers. In an affidavit released by the Department of Justice, the ... Read More »

New JavaScript Monero Miner Released as More Sites Begin to Mine Coins

A new JavaScript Monero miner project called Crypto-Loot was launched recently. This new JavaScript Monero miner is a competitor to Coinhive, a mining service which originated from a German image board. These cryptocurrency miners run inside of web browsers when a user navigates to a page which loads and runs the mining script. Some websites have deployed these Monero miners ... Read More »

Court Rules FBI Can Keep Phone Hacking Tool Secret from the Public

On December 2nd, 2015 Syed Rizwan Farook committed one of the worst terrorist attacks in the history of California, shooting 14 people and seriously injuring 22 other people. After Farook died in a shootout with law enforcement, the FBI seized Farook’s iPhone 5c. During the investigation into the terrorist attack, the FBI was unable to decrypt Farook’s iPhone. The FBI ... Read More »

2 Canadians Arrested in Darknet Fentanyl Case

Two Canadians have been arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for distributing fentanyl and carfentanil through darknet markets. The Kelowna Royal Canadian Mounted Police worked with law enforcement agencies across Canada including the Calgary Police, as well as agencies in the United States such as the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and law enforcement in Australia, in an international investigation ... Read More »