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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.

Tor users could be FBI's main target if legal power grab succeeds

Tor users could be FBI's main target if legal power grab succeeds

The US Department of Justice is proposing a power grab that would make it easier for domestic law enforcement to break into computers of people trying to protect their anonymity via Tor or other anonymizing technologies.

FBI used drive-by downloads to track child abuse image suspects hidden on Tor

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The FBI has been silently installing spyware in its quest to identify and prosecute criminals hiding behind the powerful Tor anonymity system. The technique's a classic tool in the malware writer's kit. Do the ends justify the means when it's the law, using it to capture child abusers?

Tor attack may have unmasked anonymous users

Freedom Hosting arrest and takedown linked to Tor privacy compromise

Two Carnegie-Mellon researchers had planned a highly anticipated talk at next week's Black Hat security conference - a talk that was cancelled when the university's lawyers freaked out - about how easy it is to break Tor anonymity. They're innocent until proved guilty, but The Tor Project says it was likely the two researchers are behind the attack.

Tor Project is NOT getting sued for enabling revenge porn site PinkMeth

Tor Project is NOT getting sued for enabling revenge porn site PinkMeth

A Texas revenge-porn victim is suing the operators of revenge-porn site PinkMeth.com and was (until her lawyer figured out just what, exactly, the anonymising service Tor actually is) suing The Tor Project for helping PinkMeth to operate anonymously.

Latest OpenSSL flaws can lead to information leakage, code execution and DoS

Only two months after the Heartbleed vulnerability in OpenSSL captured global headlines we have another critical update for OpenSSL fixing 6 new flaws.

US DHS digs out 27,000-member child abuse ring buried on Tor

US DHS digs out 27,000-member child abuse ring buried on Tor

The child predators targeted children as young as 3 years old. More than 40 terabytes of data were seized, 15 men have been arrested, 251 child or teen victims have been identified.

Silk Road-alike "Utopia" dark-net market seized by Dutch police

Man on computer. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

It was meant to rival Silk Road, which the US FBI shut down in October and which sold the same type of merchandise: drugs, firearms, stolen bank account information and forged identity documents.