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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 »

Research and News in Tor, Privacy, and Security – October 26th, 2014

Tor Recent Research Alex Biryukov and Ivan Pustogarov at the University of Luxembourg published a research paper titled, “Bitcoin over Tor isn’t a good idea.” The paper discusses possible security risks when using Bitcoin through Tor, and how these risks could possibly be countered. Bitcoin’s reputation system, designed to heighten security, includes protection against DoS attacks. If an attacker were ... Read More »

Weekly Bitcoin News Report – Oct. 26th, 2014

Providing the top Bitcoin news stories from around the web A well-renowned author, known for his writings on international money laundering and the pharmaceutical industry, has turned his attention to Bitcoin. Chris Matthews of Fortune writes that Jeffrey Robinson, in his new book Bit Coin: The Naked Truth About Bitcoin, argues that the cryptocurrency will end up being nothing more ... Read More »

Weekly Tor and Security News – October 21, 2014

Tor News Earlier this week, the Anonabox raised over $500,000 after launching a campaign on Kickstarter. The anonabox, created by August Germar, is a device designed to route all of a network’s traffic through the Tor network. It runs alongside an existing modem or router, and claims to be fully Open Source. However, after controversy surrounding the project generated quite ... Read More »

Weekly Bitcoin News Report – Oct. 18th, 2014

Providing the top Bitcoin news stories from around the web Regulation Changes to the BitLicense regulations have been outlined by the superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services, Benjamin Lawsky. As Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey of The Wall Street Journal report, the changes included a BitLicense exemption for software developers, bitcoin miners, and other individuals ... Read More »

Bitcoin News Roundup – October 11th, 2014

Featuring the week’s biggest news stories on the world-famous cryptocurrency from around the web. Bitcoin Pricing After remaining above the $500 mark for most of the summer, the price of Bitcoin continues to fall. As Michael Hiltzik of The Los Angeles Times notes, the frustrating aspect of the recent loss in value, which led to the currency bottoming out at ... Read More »

Bitcoin news round-up 07.07.2014

Bitcoin continued on its upward trajectory over the past week, rising to $631.48 at the time of writing, up from $598.97 at the start of the week, June 30. Having recovered from some dropback the week prior, the coin is once again comfortably above the $600 threshold; values of which it hasn’t seen since the start of June. Price rises ... Read More »

Bitcoin News Round-Up 22.06.2014

Bitcoin saw gains this week on a number of good-news items, pushing it from the week’s low of $553.28 on June 15, to $591.29 at the time of writing. The coin’s price was spurred upwards by positive government policy news from both Japan and Switzerland, as well as industry news in support of the cryptocurrency. Industry news OpenBazaar is aiming ... Read More »