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Prison Librarian Researched Rhys Jones Murder

Dwain Osborne, a 26-year-old former librarian at Brixton Prison, had researched the Rhys Jones murder when he ordered a Glock 19 handgun and 100 rounds of ammo from the dark web. Osborne purchased the gun from an undercover US agent who notified the National Crime Agency (NCA) of the case. The man wanted to deliver the weapon to his home ... Read More »

Blackmailer Warned Supermarket He Put Cyanide In Food, Wanted £2 Million

David Ward, a 51-year-old unemployed chemistry graduate blackmailed a supermarket (whose identity and location can’t be revealed due to a court ruling) claiming he had contaminated one of their products with cyanide and requested £2 million in compensation. According to the man’s letter addressed to the supermarket, he would have revealed where he placed the product if his demands were ... Read More »

Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference will reveal prospects and risks of cryptocurrency exchanges

September 23, Kiev will host Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference 2016. One of its topics will include the development of cryptocurrency exchange platforms. Benjamin Bommhardt, a cofounder and Sales Director at Draglet, will speak within the Fintech section. Participants of the expert section will discuss three components of cryptocurrency platforms operating: development, challenges and prospects. The speaker will share his opinion ... Read More »

Source Code Of HL7 Software Maker PilotFish For Sale On Dark Web

A hacker named ‘batwhatman’ is selling the source codes for all PilotFish Technology software on the dark web, including the ones related to HL7-supported medical devices, according to security firm InfoArmor. Cybercriminals most probably compromised a corporate SVN server and stole various application codes written in JAVA, InfoArmor stated. Some of the source code listings and filenames point to PilotFish ... Read More »

U.S. Man in custody After 750 grams of MDMA is Found with His Name on It

Joshua Lucas, a 26-year-old from Norwalk, Connecticut, is facing serious charges after a package addressed to him was intercepted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The package contained over 750 grams of MDMA, the substance commonly known as the street drug ecstasy. Border Protection contacted Norwalk police and alerted them to the situation. A controlled drop of the package was ... Read More »

Changes to EU’s Telecom Rules Are Coming Soon

The European Union is plans to extend some of its telecom rules concerning security and anonymity to online communications providers such as Skype, and WhatsApp, which would govern how they can use encryption. Under the current rule, it only apples to phone service providers. Telecom companies have been complaining for years that other companies like Google and Microsoft are being ... Read More »

Leading engineer from IBM will tell about blockchain based technologies aimed for business in Kiev

Karolina Marzantowicz, the IBM Distinguished Engineer, will speak on September 23 at the annual Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference. She will talk about how the global project Hyperledger is designed and what business problems it solves. Hyperledger is a world-renowned project initiated by Linux Foundation. It was launched in December of 2015. It is a system of smart contracts for companies ... Read More »

World Economic Forum Publishes Flattering Report on Blockchain’s impact on the Financial Sector

On Friday, August 12th, the World Economic Forum published a 130-page report indicating the blockchain (otherwise known as Distributed Ledger Technology, or DLT) framework could have wide-reaching effects on mainstream financial technology, and the financial industry overall. Founded in 1971 for promoting global entrepreneurship and cooperation between the public and private sectors, the Geneva-based non-profit World Economic Forum collaborated with ... Read More »

Australian Prime Minister Tries Alleviating Fears Over Census Privacy Concerns

The security of personal details is a rather important concern in the upcoming census in Australia. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull tried to alleviate fears in his statement after independent senator Nick Xenophon demanded the national survey to be delayed over privacy concerns. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is expected to collect “all the names and addresses to enable a ... Read More »

UK Watchdog Files Against GCHQ In European Court Of Human Justice

LONDON – On Friday morning, the London-based internet privacy watchdog Privacy International, along with five other internet rights groups, lodged an application before the European Court of Human Rights against the UK Government’s use of bulk hacking abroad. The group, which was founded in 1990 and describes itself as “committed to fighting for the right to privacy across the world,” ... Read More »

88% Of All Ransomware Attacks Target Hospitals

Since patient data is worth big money on dark net markets and hacking forums, hospitals have more to lose than other organizations regarding cyber attacks. According to a threat report by Solutionary’s Security Engineering Research Team in Q2 2016, 88% of all ransomware attacks were targeting hospitals. The security firm claims that 94% of the attacks in the healthcare system ... Read More »

Russian is Collecting Encryption Keys as “Anti-Terrorism” Legislation Goes into Effect

Russia has started collecting encryption keys from internet companies that will decrypt unreadable data on the internet Tuesday. Russia’s Federal Security Service announced that they finally have the capabilities to do so on the web, but was not announced publicly. Last month, Russia passed a “sweeping surveillance bill” that requires backdoor access to encrypted data. The bill specifically mentioned WhatsApp, ... Read More »

Intel, Kaspersky, Netherlands Police and Europol Teams Up To Take Down Ransomware

The European Police Agency announced on Monday they join forces with Kaspersky, Intel and the Netherlands Police to stop the growth of ransomware. The joint group launched a website online called “No More Ransom” to help inform the public about the dangers of ransomware and help victims recover their data without having to pay to the attackers. According to a ... Read More »

BitCluster Helps De-anonymize Bitcoin

Last Friday, BitCluster was released at HOPE XI by David Decary-Hetu, and Mathieu Lavoie. BitCluster is a tool that helps one analyze the information found in the blockchain. The software builds a data base of nodes by associating bitcoin transactions together. What this means is that for people who are not creating a new bitcoin wallet for every transaction, or ... Read More »