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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 »

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 »

Deputy Attorney General Calls for Government Backdoors

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told cadets at the Naval Academy in Annapolis that “warrant proof” encryption posed a threat to law enforcement. And by impeding law enforcement’s ability to read messages sent from services like iMessage or Signal, encryption puts the public at risk. His speech to the cadets mirrored another speech from one week prior that he presented ... Read More »

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Government Contractor Offers Million Dollar Bounty for Tor 0-Days

A cybersecurity company has offered bounties of up to 1 million US dollars for Tor Browser 0-day vulnerabilities. Zerodium’s Tor 0-day bounty program is open until November 30th at 6pm Eastern, or until Zerodium terminates the program after having issued 1 million dollars for Tor 0-days. The company has stated that it plans to sell these zero day exploits to ... Read More »

Australia Prepares for the First Stage of Government Bitcoin Regulation

According to the Financial Times, Australian authorities announced legislation that will massively alter the course of cryptocurrency in the country. The legislation places “digital currency” exchanges under the legal jurisdiction of Australia’s Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (Austrac). Austrac is Australia’s financial crime branch of government, and as such, will be investigating crimes committed with cryptocurrency. Unsurprisingly, the Australian Minister ... Read More »

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UK Government on Search For Cyber Experts to Crackdown on Dark Web Criminals

The UK National Crime Agency (NCA) is actively recruiting cyber experts and dark web analysts to focus on the crackdown of illicit drug rings and operations being pursued by dark web marketplaces. Specifically, NCA is on a lookout for G5 Armed Surveillance Investigator in the Armed Operations Unit, which according to local sources will cooperate with the Intelligence and Operations ... 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 »

Most Drugs Don’t Expire (and Why the Government Already Knows This)

New research from the California Poison Control System seems to confirm past studies which showed that generally most drugs can remain potent and effective well after their expiration date. The Californian researchers discovered a stash of a variety of drugs that were still sealed in their original packaging and had been stored in good conditions, many of which had been ... Read More »

Swiss Government Starts Investigation Against Pedophiles Uncovered In Anonymous Hack

In February, hacktivist group Anonymous took down Freedom Hosting II with approximately 20 percent of the dark web sites. There were plenty of child porn websites hosted, despite Freedom Hosting II’s “zero tolerance policy for child pornography”, of which the hacktivist group leaked the details of the users. Now, Swiss law enforcement authorities, after analyzing the data dump, taking action ... Read More »

UK Government to Spy on Users by Asking Messaging Apps to Weaken Encryption

Last week, British Prime Minister Theresa May received harsh criticisms from experts for her proposal to regulate the internet and essentially weaken encryption of messaging applications such as Whatsapp and Telegram. In a response to a terror attack that occurred in London, May stated that the act of terror can be attributed to the existence of “safe spaces” on the ... Read More »

Indian Government Provides Cyber Safety Lessons to Teens to Prevent Dark Web Activity

Delhi police in partnership with local Indian educational institutions and schools have begun to provide cyber safety lessons to teenagers across the country. According to Dependra Pathak, a spokesperson and special commissioner for Delhi Police, the law enforcement agency will teach safe online habits to ensure teenagers don’t get involved in illicit cyber activities and fall victim to illegal operations. ... Read More »

Indian Government Leaking 130m Financial Records

Government agencies in India leaked a massive number of online identity related information from the world’s largest biometric identification system: Aadhaar. Aadhaar, described by a World Bank Economist as “the most sophisticated ID programme in world,” functions as a form of ID for citizens. The eight-year-old system also handles payment verification and inherently holds millions of personal records, both financial ... Read More »

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Belgian Government Waits To Sell Confiscated Bitcoins For A Better Price

Belgian authorities are currently sitting on more than 1,000 BTC they seized from darknet narcotics vendors. The Ministry of Justice seeks to sell the seized cryptocurrency at the price it was worth when authorities confiscated the bitcoins from the criminals. Law enforcement authorities arrested the 25-year-old Stijn Victor in Torhout, Belgium, who was working as a computer programmer by the ... Read More »

Indian Government is Training Policemen to Crackdown Electronic Fraud

Indian government and law enforcement are allocating increased capital in training police officers to crackdown electronic fraud involving online transactions. A facility was launched in the police headquarters in Kasaba Bawada to ensure police officers obtain necessary information and technical expertise to detect electronic fraud. Sohali Sharma, superintendent of Police, announced: “In Kolhapur district, new software and machines have been ... Read More »