Posts Tagged ‘tor’

Ever wonder if those hitman sites on the Dark Web are real?

// January 5th, 2017 // No Comments » // Internet

Here’s the answer to at least one “hitman” service provider on the Dark Web.  BesaMafia offer contract kills and other forms of intimidation for a price.  Today it was announced they were closed for business with an explanation on their now-defunct hidden service.

14 days running a secret Dark Web pedophile honeypot (and why I now think Tor is the devil)

// July 7th, 2015 // 15 Comments » // Hacking and Security

Before discoursing the lengthy analysis of the Dark Web honeypot (the pedophile honeypot in particular), let’s answer the question that is surely on everyone’s mind – did the honeypot allow me to reveal the true identity of the person visiting the site?

Silk Road 2.0 bites the dust – does the U.S. government have a foothold in Tor?

// November 6th, 2014 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

A year after the infamous Deep Web site, Silk Road, was shuttered by federal law enforcement, Silk Road 2.0 (a nearly identical dark web site which opened a month after Silk Road shut down) has suffered the same fate. Officials announced yesterday that they have arrested Blake Benthall (aka Defcon) in connection with the ownership […]

New law will grant FBI authority to crack your Tor/VPN connection – it’s time to up your game

// September 19th, 2014 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

If a recent DOJ proposal to amend Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure passes, granting the FBI the legal right to crack your Tor or VPN connection, you might have to be even more cautious – to the point of keeping up with file checksum/hashes to determine if you’ve been compromised, routinely […]

How to secure your Internet connection using a secure VPN through a secure VPN

// September 6th, 2014 // No Comments » // Technology

If you are suspicious of Tor, tired of the laggy connection, or simply want a more stable means to ensure your connection is encrypted and secure, you can easily create a VPN connection through a VPN connection which ensures anonymity and hard-core encryption of your network stream (with kill switches to protect your identity if […]

Testimony reveals how FBI determined Ross ulbricht was owner of Silk Road

// September 6th, 2014 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

As Silk Road’s Ross Ulbricht (aka Dread Pirate Roberts) heads to trial, prosecutor case filings reveal how the FBI determined Silk Road’s server location – and according to prosecutors, they didn’t have to break tor to find it. According to the FBI, Silk Road’s login page leaked the servers IP address through a misconfigured anti-abuse […]

Authorities in Britain, Spain, and the U.S. arrest 8 more following closure of Tor’s Silk Road

// October 9th, 2013 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

Authorities in Britain, Sweden, and the United States have arrested eight more people following last week’s closure of Silk Road, a notorious black market website which helped dealers to sell drugs under the cloak of anonymity, officials and media said Tuesday. In the U.K., the country’s newly-established National Crime Agency warned that more arrests were […]

Tango Tor down – U.S. authorities take down world’s largest Deep Web host (and dose Tor with uncloaking malware)

// August 5th, 2013 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

Word has hit the streets that the FBI has arrested Eric Eoin Marquesm the alleged owner of Freedom Hosting, the largest Deep Web hosting platform on the planet. The arrest was made in Ireland with the takedown reportedly disrupting the entire Tor network which is, sadly, the home of the majority of all illegal online […]

Austrian Tor operator arrested for child pornography transmitted through his Tor exit node

// November 30th, 2012 // 2 Comments » // Hacking and Security

Even though we’ve warned about the dangers of running a TOR exit node, this is a bit alarming. William Weber, a 20-year-old IT administrator in Graz, Austria, has been charged with distribution of child pornography for kiddie porn that was transmitted through a TOR exit node he was running. During the raid, police confiscated around […]

The hidden Deep Web (Undernet) easy HOWTO – road to enlightenment or highway to hell?

// October 31st, 2012 // No Comments » // Technology

Most hardcore geeks have been there and a few hardy souls visit it regularly. Known variously as the Deep Web, Deepnet, Invisible Web, Hidden Web, and Undernet, it is claimed to be several orders of magnitude larger than the surface web – if you can find the buried, hidden content that lies deep within. But […]

10 minute video explains how Tor works behind the scenes to provide anonymity

// October 11th, 2012 // No Comments » // Technology

Compute Cycle brings us a “deep dive” into Tor and how it works to provide anonymity in a new 10-minute video (see below). In addition, EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) has a neat interactive graphic on their website that lets you visualize what data is visible to eavesdroppers when Tor and/or https is involved. Dive in […]

If you are running Tor, you might be running a botnet too

// September 24th, 2012 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

Security researchers have identified a new botnet that is controlled by attackers from an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) server running as a hidden service inside the Tor anonymity network. Unable to determine its real location or sniff its encrypted traffic, law enforcement are going to have a tough time shutting it down.