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Bitcoin News Roundup – 28 Dec. 2014

Recapping the week’s biggest Bitcoins stories from around the web. Russia is facing tough times with the Ruble having lost nearly 50 percent of its value against the US dollar. Evander Smart of CryptoCoins News reports that the Russian government is seriously considering banning the bitcoin in 2015. The cryptocurrency is widely regarded as responsible to hurt the ability of ... Read More »

Personal Experience: Part 6 – Passphrases

This a post in series of posts describing a personal experience from learning about the DNM’s to becoming a vendor – all the parts of this series will be available to here: ExperienceTag Everyone knows the importance of having a secure password for your user accounts. Everyone probably also knows the importance of having different passwords for all of your ... Read More »

Deep Web & Law Enforcement: Introduction to Intelligence

Intelligence is not the same as evidence – just because the police have, somehow, found out about some story, this does not make it court admissible evidence on its own. There is a complex system that LE must use to determine how reliable incoming intelligence is, whether it should be listened to at all, and what exactly it means, but ... Read More »

The Ethics of The Deep Web

As a researcher by trader I am often asked primarily about the implications of specific forms of emerging technology. For many years this meant Bitcoin and more recently Tor. Both were and remain now inextricably linked with darknet drug markets. At a recent conference, rather awkwardly speaking to a group of intelligence professionals, I found myself defend these (and PGP ... Read More »

Research & News in Tor, Privacy, & Security – Dec 21th, 2014

Research and News in Tor, Privacy, and Security – December 21, 2014 This article is part of a weekly series covering developments in Tor and the privacy-related tech world TheCthulhu announced that his mirrors of Globe and Atlas, two popular Tor network index tools, are now available as hidden services. The Globe mirror’s hidden service is available here, and the ... Read More »

Bitcoin News Roundup – 21 Dec. 2014

Recapping the week’s biggest Bitcoins stories from around the web. Former Bitcoin Foundation vice chairman Charlie Shrem will be spending the next two years in prison. As Nate Raymond of Reuters reports, Shrem plead guilty in September to “aiding and abetting an unlicensed money transmitting business.” He was also asked to give up $950,000 for his crimes Previously, Shrem had ... Read More »

Known Dark Net “Fake Money” Vendor Arrested In Uganda

Ryan Andrew Gustafson a.k.a Willy.Clock,  A well known darknet counterfeit currency vendor who operated on the markets was arrested by the FBI in Uganda, Willy.Clock operated on TCF (Tor carding forum – which is owned by Evolution market admins) until he retired from TCF due to some business dispute with the admins and opened his own forums “Community-X”,  Willy.clock was ... Read More »

Possible Upcoming Attempts to Disable The Tor Network

Just a month after Operation Onymous, It seems that the government keeps coming up with new reasons to try and cripple the Tor network, The Tor project posted this on their blog: The Tor Project has learned that there may be an attempt to incapacitate our network in the next few days through the seizure of specialized servers in the ... Read More »

Silk Road Vendor “Caligirl” Sentenced to 5.10 Years in Prison

Former Silk road vendor Matthew Jones, a/k/a “Caligirl,” “Dynamite2k,” “Dynamite`,” “Tyler Zeddai,” “Mateo Jones” (profile backup) who was arrested around May, Was sentenced to five years and ten months in federal prison for selling Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, MDMA, Methamphetamine, Cocaine, and Hashish and operating a drugs lab, according to a press release from Justice.gov, full details about the arrest and conviction: Texas ... Read More »

Russia Emerging Black Market For Bitcoin

It has been clear that a black market for unregulated bitcoin would soon exist. Black markets emerge to serve the needs of human beings that don’t comply with governmental regulations. 2014 could be called the year of bitcoin regulation. Governments around the world have starting working towards, and even implementing regulation. The regulation is not just hot air as there ... Read More »

Deep Web & Law Enforcement: From a Buyer Perspective, Part 2

Both Parts are available at this tag #BuyerPerspective Meet Matt the intelligent buyer Matt never uses TOR at home, instead preferring to carry an encrypted USB drive with the TOR browser bundle on board and uses internet cafes and public libraries; he leaves his phone at home/work when he goes to use TOR, or removes the battery from the phone ... Read More »

Research & News in Tor, Privacy, & Security – Dec 15th, 2014

Tor Browser 4.0.2 has been released. The new release fixes compiler bugs in Windows, ensures that cache entires are isolated by domain, and prevents user locale settings from being leaked by the Javascript engine. Tor Browser 4.5-alpha-2 is now out. This version includes improvements to Torbutton’s circuit visualization feature, and removes a custom fix to the POODLE vulnerability, implementing Mozilla’s ... Read More »

Deep Web & Law Enforcement: From a Buyer Perspective, Part 1

Both Parts are available at this tag #BuyerPerspective (once published) This is the first in a series of articles on the advantages to purchasing on the dark web, and suggestions, case studies and examples of ways in which individuals can and have get themselves caught, or, on the other side of the coin, minimize intelligence development against themselves, head off ... Read More »

Weekly Bitcoin Update – 13-12-14

Recapping the week’s biggest Bitcoin stories from around the web SecondMarket came away from the second Silk Road auction a big winner, according to Sydney Ember of The New York Times. The company was able to purchase 48,000 of the auction’s 50,000 bitcoins, meaning that it was able to purchase 96% of the available holdings. The other 2,000 bitcoins went ... Read More »

A Carder’s First Experience

We do not support carding! This is for educational purposes only – and reflect the author’s own experience and views only. At the time of this story, I was new to carding. Saying that I was “new” is a bit of an understatement. I had never used any Darknet markets, and I had barely any experience with Bitcoin. I had ... Read More »