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US Indicts Four in Connection with 2014 Yahoo Hack

On March 15, 2017, the Department of Justice announced an indictment that charged hackers in connection with the 2014 Yahoo breach. In late 2016, Yahoo announced that unidentified hackers breached 500 million user accounts. With the accounts, the hackers stole login credentials and any information that came with them. Along with the first indictment, the DoJ charged two FSB agents ... Read More »

2014 Was The Worst Year In Drug Overdose Fatalities According To CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is the leading national public health institute of the United States, conducted a report, in which they found out that 2014 was the worst year in drug overdose deaths in the US. According to them, ”things are apparently spiraling out of control” and currently, there’s a ”drug death epidemic” in the ... Read More »

Research and News in Tor, Privacy, and Security – Dec 28th, 2014

This article is part of a weekly series covering developments in Tor and the privacy-related tech world Thomas White, aka TheCthulhu, has been releasing updates on the recent compromise of his servers. Last week, he reported that he unexpectedly lost control of several servers, which included multiple exit relays and several hidden services. At this time, he has regained access ... Read More »

Bitcoin News Roundup – 28 Dec. 2014

Recapping the week’s biggest Bitcoins stories from around the web. Russia is facing tough times with the Ruble having lost nearly 50 percent of its value against the US dollar. Evander Smart of CryptoCoins News reports that the Russian government is seriously considering banning the bitcoin in 2015. The cryptocurrency is widely regarded as responsible to hurt the ability of ... Read More »

Research & News in Tor, Privacy, & Security – Dec 21th, 2014

Research and News in Tor, Privacy, and Security – December 21, 2014 This article is part of a weekly series covering developments in Tor and the privacy-related tech world TheCthulhu announced that his mirrors of Globe and Atlas, two popular Tor network index tools, are now available as hidden services. The Globe mirror’s hidden service is available here, and the ... Read More »

Bitcoin News Roundup – 21 Dec. 2014

Recapping the week’s biggest Bitcoins stories from around the web. Former Bitcoin Foundation vice chairman Charlie Shrem will be spending the next two years in prison. As Nate Raymond of Reuters reports, Shrem plead guilty in September to “aiding and abetting an unlicensed money transmitting business.” He was also asked to give up $950,000 for his crimes Previously, Shrem had ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Bitcoin Price Update Nov-16, 2014

This is the DeepDotWeb weekly Bitcoin price report for the week of November 9-November 15, 2014. This week was characterized by a rather unexpected price rally, temporarily reaching heights in the $450s and eventually leveling out in the $380s. Overall, the Bitcoin price rose by 10.76% this week. Let’s take a look at the daily opening prices on the Bitstamp ... Read More »

Weekly Bitcoin Update – 16 Nov. 2014

One Year since Peak Price It has been one year since Bitcoin reached its highest value, leading Eoghan Macguire of CNN to wonder what the future holds for the cryptocurrency. He highlights the opinions of individuals like the Managing Editor of CoinDesk, Emily Spraven, who believes Bitcoin’s price “will begin stabilize over the coming year or so.”Meanwhile, David Yermack, a ... Read More »

Research & News in Tor, Privacy, & Security – Nov 16th, 2014

A research paper suggesting that over 81% of Tor users could be deanonymized through a traffic correlation attack was published by Sambuddho Chakravarty et al. The paper outlines how the “NetFlow” technology in Cisco routers, and similar technology included in most routers, can make users susceptible to traffic analysis. Cisco’s NetFlow technology is used to log certain information about the ... Read More »

Research & News in Tor, Privacy, & Security – Nov 11th, 2014

Tor Research The Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI) is currently studying reachability of bridges in countries that impose censorship. They are also studying how effective these countries are at preventing the use of pluggable transports. They are performing several tests. First is a Bridge reachability measurement, which attempts to build a Tor circuit to the bridge being tested. Next ... Read More »