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DHS Says Darknet Criminals Are Switching From Bitcoin to Monero

The United States federal government continues to view the privacy-centric cryptocurrency Monero (XMR) as a potential tool for cybercriminals. An agent with the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) told CNBC recently that cybercriminals are “looking more closely at other currencies like Monero and Ethereum.” Earlier this year an FBI agent with the bureau’s Cyber Division told reporters at ... Read More »

Cuba’s Digital Black Markets

Cuba is an island nation where less than 5% of the people living there have internet access. The country is one of the last Marxist-Leninist states in the world. The Cuban government does not allow complete unfettered access to the open internet, and like in many other countries around the world, such as China, many sites are blocked or censored ... Read More »

Sweden May Introduce VPN Surveillance and More Data Retention Requirements

According to documents obtained by Swedish internet service provider Banhof, the Swedish government appears to be interested in increasing the country’s data retention requirements, and may even be interested in starting surveillance of virtual private networks (VPNs) and other anonymization services. Data retention requirements in Sweden first took effect in 2010. Privacy advocates such as Rick Falkvinge, the founder of ... Read More »

Researchers Discover Disabling of Intel ME Backdoor Through NSA Hardware Requirement

Researchers from the cybersecurity company known as Positive Technologies have discovered a way to disable the embedded Management Engine (ME) controller chip of Intel processors. It is also known as a coprocessor. The ME chip allows for remote management of a computer and has long been considered a backdoor. In the past, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has called 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 »

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Hackers Steal Cellular Accounts to Break 2FA Protected Online Bitcoin Wallets

All of the major cellular service providers have been seeing an increase of attacks on customer accounts. Hackers are stealing cell phone numbers from users of Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint through social engineering techniques. Once the attackers have control of a phone number they can use it to reset passwords for services like Google and social media sites. The ... Read More »

How Ad Trackers Make Cryptocurrency Transactions Less Private

Researchers from Princeton University have released their findings on how online ad trackers can compromise the privacy of cryptocurrency transactions. The title of the new research paper is, “When the cookie meets the blockchain: Privacy risks of web payments via cryptocurrencies.” The privacy issues occurred on over 100 online merchants from over 20 countries that accepted cryptocurrencies. Cookies and other ... Read More »

ProtonMail May Have Hacked Phishing Site

A popular secure e-mail provider, known as ProtonMail, may have recently hacked back against scammers who were operating a phishing site which presented itself as ProtonMail in order to try and steal user credentials, such as user login names and passwords. ProtonMail is based in Switzerland and created in 2013 by researchers from CERN and MIT. They offer both free ... Read More »

Law Enforcement Leave Fake Negative Reviews to Disrupt Darknet Markets

While law enforcement is virtually powerless to shut down the darknet drug trade, new research suggests that law enforcement may be able to disrupt it to a certain extent and discourage new buyers from making purchases by leaving fake negative reviews. The researchers studied the sale of opioids on Crypto Market during a six month period which covered between October ... Read More »

Hotspot Shield VPN Accused of Selling Customer Data to Advertisers

Hotspot Shield, one of the largest Virtual Private Network (VPN) providers, has been accused of selling their customer’s private information to online advertisers. The Center for Democracy & Technology recently submitted an official complaint to the United States Federal Trade Commission in which they allege that Hotspot Shield is guilty of employing unfair and deceptive trade practices. The organization that ... Read More »

DEA in Talks with iPhone Hacking Group

The United States’ Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) recently revealed to be in talks with an Israeli malware and hacking organization known as the NSO Group. The NSO Group has ties to the Israeli military and intelligence agencies. The Israeli malware company’s top selling product, Pegasus, is a backdoor for Apple iPhones and iPads. Pegasus can even infect the newest fully ... Read More »

The Ghost Telephonist Allows Hackers to Make Calls and Texts from Your Phone Number

Chinese researchers unveiled a new mobile phone hacking technique they have created during a talk at this year’s Black Hat hacker conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The researchers are from Qihoo 360’s Unicorn Team. The Unicorn Team specializes in hacking radio and cellular technology. On Thursday, July 27th, the Unicorn Team delivered a presentation at Black Hat on their new ... Read More »

Top Exploits and Hacks Debuted at Black Hat and DEFCON This Year

Every July hackers from around the globe descend on Las Vegas, Nevada for a week of hacker conferences which includes Black Hat USA, DEFCON, and BSides Las Vegas. The annual week of hacker conferences brings security researchers who present their latest findings on computer vulnerabilities and exploits. 2017 marked the 25th DEFCON, which has been held in Las Vegas every ... Read More »

Chinese Government Requiring Muslims to Install Spyware on Their Electronic Devices

Uyghur Muslims in the Chinese province of Xinjiang are facing a threat to their digital privacy rights. Chinese government officials are requiring the Uyghur Muslims to install backdoors on their electronic devices. The spyware is being installed on electronic devices owned by minorities in the name of fighting terrorism. The Chinese government claims that they will be using the backdoors ... Read More »