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Dark web drug dealer pleads guilty, gets 2 years to ponder "anonymity"

He was an online dealer who made use of the so-called Dark Web, shielded by the apparent anonymity of Tor, or The Onion Router.

He's not anonymous any more.

FBI again thwarts Tor to unmask visitors to a Dark Web child sex abuse site

FBI again thwarts Tor to unmask visitors to a Dark Web child sex abuse site

Did the FBI plant a drive-by installation of some kind of malware on hundreds of thousands of computers so it could track down paedophiles?

Who killed Proxyham?

Who killed Proxyham?

The new and cheap anonymizing device, Proxyham, has been axed and its DEF CON talk cancelled. Was the firm hit with a gag order, or was it just hype to begin with?

TV's newest hacker drama "Mr. Robot" is technically sound, morally ambiguous

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"Mr. Robot," USA Network's new hacker drama series, is good entertainment. But is it also a good depiction of hackers, hacking and infosec?

Hundreds of Dark Web sites cloned and "booby trapped"

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Juha Nurmi, founder of the Ahmia search project, first noticed a fake version of his own site before discovering that there are multiple clones of hundreds of other Dark Web sites. The sites could be used for surveillance or for conducting man-in-the-middle attacks and include a clone of the popular DuckDuckGo search engine.

Encrypt like everyone's watching! 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

There's a Sophos T-shirt that warns you, "Dance like nobody's watching. Encrypt like everyone is."

We aren't kidding, folks, and this week's 60 Second Security tells you why!

Can you trust Tor's exit nodes?

Can you trust Tor's exit nodes?

Tor is the encrypted, anonymous way to browse the web that keeps you safe from prying eyes, right? Well, maybe not. Researcher Chloe created a honeypot website and dared Tor's exit node operators to steal the password. Sixteen of them did.

US government whistleblowers left vulnerable to eavesdropping

US government whistleblowers left vulnerable to eavesdropping

In response to the HTTPS-Only Standard proposal, the ACLU name 29 branches of the Federal government that don't secure whistleblowers' data.

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.

SSCC 187 - The cryptography edition [PODCAST]

Sophos expert John Shier sits in for regular presenter Chester Wisniewski in this episode.

John and Paul Ducklin dissect the latest security issues, which were dominated this week by some thorny matters of cryptography.

Onion.city - a search engine bringing the Dark Web into the light

Sliced onion. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Last week, user Virgil Griffith went onto the Tor-talk mailing list and announced Onion City, a Dark Web search engine that allows regular web users to delve into the Dark Web.

Silk Road 2.0 deputy arrested after 6-month attack on Tor

Feds arrest alleged Silk Road 2.0 deputy after 6-month attack on Tor

Brian Richard Farrell, aka " DoctorClu", was arrested last week. A search warrant shows that the drug market's kingpins were unmasked after a 6-month assault on Tor.

SSCC 182 - What would the Pirate Party do? [PODCAST]

This week's episode of our quarter-hour security podcast.

Entertaining as well as accurate and educational - why not give it a listen?

David Cameron wants to ban encrypted apps like iMessage and Whatsapp

David Cameron. Image courtesy of Frederic Legrand - COMEO / Shutterstock.

In the wake of the Paris attacks, UK Prime Minister David Cameron is targeting encrypted communications that governments can't read.

Former US cybersecurity director gets 25 years for online child abuse

Former US cybersecurity director gets 25 years for child abuse images

The former acting director of cybersecurity for the US Department of Health and Human Services is one of 6 so far to be convicted in an ongoing FBI investigation that used drive-by malware to track the online activities of child abusers.

SSCC 173 - Lest we forget [PODCAST]

Here's the latest episode of our weekly "Chet Chat" security podast.

Chet and Duck take on the week's news in their inimitable way...enjoy!

Tor Project puzzles over how the law shredded anonymity in Operation Onymous

Tor Project puzzles over how the law shredded anonymity in Operation Onymous

The Tor Project would very much like to know how identities were laid bare in the recent Operation Onymous.

Operation Onymous: 17-nation bust takes out over 400 "hidden services"

17-nation bust takes out 27 dark-market sites

It turns out that last week's bust of Silk Road 2.0's kingpin was just a hint at what was coming: namely, a multinational crackdown on dark-market sites hidden away on the Tor network.

FBI's warrantless 'hack' of Silk Road was legal, prosecutors claim

FBI's warrantless 'hack' of Silk Road was legal, prosecutors claim

Even if FBI agents did hack their way into the Silk Road without a warrant - and they're most certainly not confessing to that, mind you - the intrusion would have been an upstanding, law-abiding, Fourth Amendment-respecting act of criminal investigation, the government argued in a Monday court filing.