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DEA agent who lined his pockets with Silk Road bitcoins pleads guilty

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Carl Force confessed to routing bitcoins into his own accounts while investigating the black market site.

Silk Road coupon forger charged with wire fraud

Silk Road coupon forger charged with wire fraud

US law enforcement's infiltration and takedown of the Silk Road underground marketplace has turned up yet another court case, with a New Orleans man charged with selling counterfeit shopping coupons through the site, and its successors, on an epic scale.

Monday review - the hot 22 stories of the week

Here are last week's stories in one convenient place so you can catch up on what you missed!

Feds subpoena Reddit for personal info of dark web forum members

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The subpoena demands information on five users of the Darknet Markets subreddit, all of whom discussed the recent fall of Evolution, a mega-mart for drugs.

Dark Web's 'Evolution' market vanishes along with $12 million

Dark Web's 'Evolution' market vanishes along with $12 million

The owners of the drugs/guns/malware market 'Evolution' have vanished with about $12 million in Bitcoin.

Fancy a cryptocoin miner with your Torrent client? "Foistware" back in the spotlight...

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If product X suddenly wants you to install product Y as a "recommended extra", is that a good thing or a bad one?

In the latest brouhaha, X = torrent client and Y = cryptocoin miner...

Hackers force closure of Canadian Bitcoin exchange Cavirtex

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Canada's largest Bitcoin exchange - Cavirtex - has announced its closure, saying the latest in a string of hacking attacks may have left hashed passwords and 2FA "secrets" compromised.

The end of the Silk Road for Dread Pirate Roberts - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Here's our weekly "60 Second Security" video.

Enjoy a fresh and entertaining take on the latest security news in just one minute...

SSCC 180 - Surely zero-days come from cybercrooks, not from Silicon Valley? [PODCAST]

Enjoy the first 2015 episode of our popular weekly security podcast.

In this episode: zero-day politics, leaky security features, Bitcoin news, and a shout out to our New Year #sophospuzzle winners!

Bitstamp loses $5 million in BTC after security breach, suspends service

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Bitcoin exchange Bitstamp suspended operations on Monday after hackers swiped up to 19,000 bitcoins (worth approximately $5.2m) over the weekend.

The mystery of the missing Bitcoins - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Here's this week's 60 Second Security video for your viewing pleasure.

Enjoy...watch the news in just one minute!

Japanese newspaper makes bold claim about Mt Gox's giant 2014 Bitcoin loss

Japan-based Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox imploded in 2014 with the loss of $0.5B's worth of Bitcoins.

The question is, "Where did they go?"

Bitcoin-based messaging could slip past censors

Bitcoin-based messaging could slip past censors

A computer science student has built a way to weave messaging into the underpinnings of Bitcoin that's both cheap and resistant to censorship.

100 Bitcoin bounty slapped onto head of blackmailer who DDoSed Bitalo

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No, thank you, we will *not* pay you 1 Bitcoin to stop the attack and teach us about our supposed vulnerabilities, Bitalo said, after being threatened with a DDoS. Instead, we will pay 100x that amount to track you down.

Serial hacker pleads guilty to bank bitcoin blackmail

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A 22-year-old with a lengthy history of convictions pleaded guilty last week to charges of blackmail and fraud, after threatening to reveal details of thousands of phished bank accounts if the bank involved refused to pay up.

Bitcoin inventor's identity allegedly under threat after claimed "Satoshi Nakamoto" email hijack

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An anonymous internet user claims to have hacked the email account of Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of virtual currency Bitcoin, and is threatening to unveil Nakamoto's identity for 25 Bitcoins.

SSCC 162 - What are *you* doing to fight cybercrime in the next 12 months? [PODCAST]

Here's this week's Chet Chat podcast!

Chester caught Duck half way up a mountain to talk about why we need synergy to fight cybercrime...

Hacker claims breach of Wall Street Journal and Vice

Malicious hacker claims breach of Wall Street Journal, Vice

W0rm's been quite busy and has already pulled this on CNET, and likewise is again offering to sell user data and server credentials for one Bitcoin.

New York proposes strict regulations for Bitcoin

New York proposes strapping a regulatory straitjacket onto Bitcoin

The rules are strict. Will the community pay heed, or will it ignore attempts to control this wild landscape?

Coinbase wallet app in SSL/TLS SNAFU

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The popular Bitcoin wallet Coinbase has a security flaw in its Android apps which could allow an attacker to steal authentication codes and access users' accounts, according to a security researcher.

Coinbase is far from alone in leaving its wallet app users vulnerable, so what should you do to stay safe when using mobile banking apps?