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11.6.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

CIA Worked With Private Corporation to Hack Windows Users Following the FBI legal battle with Apple, the Israeli cybersecurity firm known as Cellebrite took the spotlight as law enforcement’s cellphone hacking go-to. Over time, information from Cellebrite and similar firms circulated and the public received a glance at that companies that create law enforcement’s hacking tools. Now, as a result ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, June 11, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: A CNBC commentator claims Bitcoin could reach $1 million thanks to ransomware CNBC commentator Jim Cramer, on the show “Squawk on the Street”, recently responded to a previously made comment by Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget who said Bitcoin could reach $1 million. According to Cramer Bitcoin could reach ... Read More »

4.6.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

“Silk Road Creator Ross Ulbricht Loses Life Sentence Appeal” A Second Circuit appellate court struck down Ulbricht’s appeal on literally every challenge raised by the defense. The appeal centered on violation of Ulbricht’s Fourth Amendment rights and the evidence tampering caused by the corrupt federal agents investigating Ulbricht and the Silk Road. “Although we might not have imposed the same ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup June 4, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Ross Ulbricht’s life sentence appeal has been denied Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht saw his life sentence appeal denied this week by the U.S. District Court of Appeals. Ross Ulbricht’s legal team argued that the IP addresses central to the case were obtained without a warrant and as such, ... Read More »

28.5.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

DEA Says Four Recent Vendor Busts are Connected The DoJ announced that four separate darknet opioid cases were connected. The vendors: OwlCity​, DigitalPossi2014, ustous, and Polira. The cases, aside from the drugs involved and darknet markets in general, looked unrelated. The DoJ said very little and left out much needed details. An undercover federal investigation into U-47 vendors? DeepDotWeb Continued: ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup May 28, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments A bitcoin scaling agreement has been reached According to an announcement published by the Digital Currency Group, a bitcoin scaling agreement has finally been reached. The agreement was met by a total of 56 companies that represent 83.28% of the network’s hash power, including several prominent organizations such as ... Read More »

22.5.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

22.5.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup: “US Darknet Drug Traffickers Arrested After Overdose Of A Teen” The overdose of an 18-year-woman on the US West Coast led to the arrest of a well-known Alphabay vendor on the East Coast, PeterTheGreat. Law enforcement caught the duo behind the vendor account within a few months—an accomplishment authorities used to express the effectiveness ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, May 20, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: WannaCry ransomware campaign netted hackers nearly $100,000 in bitcoin A massive global ransomware campaign using a strain known as WannaCry, carried out by an unknown author, recently hit organizations in nearly 100 countries using an NSA exploit and demanded a bitcoin ransom in return for the victims’ files back. ... Read More »

15.5.17 Dark Web and Cybercrime Roundup

Ransomware Hackers Launch Global Assault An unknown actor exploited a known security vulnerability (thanks to the Shadow Brokers) in unpatched versions of Windows. Using the exploit, an entity spread ransomware called WannaCry at a rate Europol called “unprecedented.” The ransomware practically shut down hospitals across the world, even though healthcare was not specifically targeted. WannaCry (“Wana”) and variants (without the ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup May 14, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: There are over 150,000 unconfirmed bitcoin transactions Unconfirmed bitcoin transactions reached an all-time high this week, as according to Blokchain.info the number got as high as 160,000 – at the time of press, there are currently 156,900. It isn’t yet clear what caused a spike in the number of ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, May 6, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: OneCoin lawyers are threatening news outlets and whistleblowers The OneCoin organization, according to TheMerkle and Bitcoin.com, has threatened to sue media outlets and whistleblowers that point the finger at their operations. This week, two bitcoin proponents – journalist Friedemann Brenneis and bitcoin enthusiast Bjorn Bjercke – came forward with ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup April 30, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Understanding Antbleed, bitcoin’s new controversy After the AsicBoost controversy, bitcoin now has the antbleed controversy to deal with. Essentially, a mining chip vulnerability involving controversial company Bitmain could be used to remotely shut down bitcoin mining hardware, as the company added a “backdoor” that allows them to control hardware ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup April 23, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Litecoin to implement Segregated Witness Litecoin’s scaling debate is seemingly coming to an end, as miners and developers reached an agreement over the future of one of the largest cryptocurrencies. The agreement came after an 8-hour long meeting on WeChat between miners and developers. The final decision was to ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup 15 April, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Support for a UASF has been building up Last week, DeepDotweb reported some miners were allegedly engaging in unfair practices that can harm the network, and that was just one more chapter of bitcoin’s seemingly never-ending scaling debate. News of these alleged practices created a movement, as many believe ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, April 8, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Some miners are allegedly engaging in unfair practices that can harm the network Bitcoin Core developer and Blockstream CTO Greg Maxwell recently alleged through a bitcoin mailing list that a major mining hardware company has been exploiting a known weakness in bitcoin’s proof-of-work system, allowing the company to mine ... Read More »