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Bitcoin News Roundup – 11Jan. 2015

Recapping the week’s biggest Bitcoins stories from around the web. Bitstamp has lost “less than 19,000 BTC”according to a statement released by the Slovenian bitcoin exchange. As Stan Higgins of Coin Desk reports, Bitstamp’s wallet system was compromised, leading to suspension of operations and shutdown of the platform. Bitstamp CEO NejcKodrič stated that although the platform’s security has been breached ... Read More »

Bitcoin News Roundup – 04 Jan. 2015

Recapping the week’s biggest Bitcoins stories from around the web. India is considering the adoption of the bitcoin. Giulio Prisco of CryptoCoins News reports that Raghuram Rajan, the Chief of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), stated in the show “India Forecast” of the New Delhi Television Limited that the digital currency is “fascinating”. Although India could use the cryptocurrency ... 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 »

Bitcoin News Roundup: 11-28-14

Covering the week’s biggest Bitcoin stories from around the web Shopping Bitcoin owners were able to use their cryptocurrency during the biggest shopping day of the year. As Chris Morris of NBC News writes, Bitcoin Black Friday is now a major online shopping event. Two years ago, 50 merchants participated in the shopping event. That number grew to 600 in ... 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 »

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 »

Bitcoin News Roundup – November 2nd, 2014

The week’s biggest bitcoin stories from around the web Prominent Figures Jon Matonis, the Executive Director of the Bitcoin Foundation, resigned on Oct. 31st.. Sydney Ember of The New York Times reports that while Matonis, one of the foundation’s founding board members, will remain with the board until Dec. 31st. Matonis was named executive director in July 2013 and spoke ... Read More »

Research & News in Tor, Privacy & Security – Nov 1st, 2014

News – Tor On Friday, Facebook announced that they were going to begin offering a hidden service to Tor users, at facebookcorewwwi.onion.top. The company intends to use SSL along with Tor, so users can still verify that the website is legitimate. Alec Muffett, a software engineer with Facebook’s security infrastructure group, stated that “Facebook’s onion address provides a way to ... Read More »