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Research: The usage experience of cryptocurrency across Russia

It has been almost 10 years now since Bitcoin was born, and since then the new blockchain based currency has introduced the world to a new concept for payments, establishing a novel economic order. Moreover, the plethora of cryptocurrencies we are witnessing now is representing a massive improvement in monetary systems, which has become a topical and controversial issue in ... Read More »

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Research: Improving anonymity of users on I2P with an enhanced outproxy design

It is inarguable that the internet greatly undermines user privacy, and the risks are growing each day. This has fueled the development of several anonymity networks, such as Tor and the invisible Internet project (I2P). While the Tor network is currently the most commonly used solution for promoting anonymity and protecting a user’s privacy online, the low capabilities of I2P ... Read More »

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Research: Comparing the performance of IP routing and onion routing (Tor)

The world is currently witnessing many political conflicts. Repressive governments are imposing sanctions on free speech. Many of these governments block the general public from accessing some websites, which led people in these countries to find solutions to be able to browse the internet freely. Researching solutions to this problem led to the practical deployment of a prototype model for ... Read More »

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Research: How ransomware and hacking services are sold on darknet marketplaces

Black hat hackers, and cyber-criminals are far more sagacious than most of us think. They are no longer script kiddies who are showing off their hacking skills to impress their social circles, but highly professional businessmen who are working meticulously hard to benefit from their exploitative attacks. Research studies have been done on how cyber-criminals market their skills and sell ... Read More »

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Research: Multi-homing vendors and loyal buyers on darknet marketplaces

The past few years have witnessed increased popularity of darknet marketplaces which orchestrate trading of illicit products on the deep web. The darknet marketplace ecosystem is evolving despite government shutdowns and takedown operations. International law enforcement agencies call for a better understanding of these novel illicit trading platforms. Buyers seem to shift to surviving marketplaces when one marketplace is taken ... Read More »

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Recent flow watermarking techniques for detection of Tor hidden services

Tor is by far the most widely used anonymous network that is increasingly being exploited by users hosting and publishing content via hidden services. In most cases, Tor’s hidden services are used to distribute content that is morally or illegally deplorable, e.g. child pornography. Law enforcement agencies (LEAs) are constantly trying to identify users hosting and distributing such content. Innovative ... Read More »

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The rise of Fentanyl in the US and EU darknet marketplaces

Fentanyl is a “Schedule I” drug and one of the widely used synthetic opioids in medicine. In the United States, illegally produced fentanyl, as well as its analogues, New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), which are newly available drugs whose chemical structure is being modified to skirt around law enforcement agents (LEAs). They are used by traffickers to adulterate namely heroin, and ... Read More »

ANALYSIS OF THE REPORT ON FENTANYL DISTRIBUTION IN THE US

At the start of the month, a report was issued by Mathew C. Allen, the Assistant Director of Domestic Operations, Homeland Security Investigations. The report was given before the United States Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control. The main agenda was to inform the officials on the measures that were being taken to combat the smuggling of illegal Fentanyl from ... Read More »

Analysis of Chinese and Russian Hacking Communities

Recorded future has been actively analyzing forums and markets that are tailored towards the Chinese and Russian audiences over the last annual period and has discovered several differences in the hosted contents within the forums and the differences in the forum conduct and organization. Recorded Future Insikt group analyzed posts, interactions, and advertisements in criminal and hacking forums to explore ... Read More »

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Research: The aftermaths of Operation Bayonet and the migration of vendors to Dream Market

In the summer of 2017, an international operation, known as Operation Bayonet, led by the FBI and the Dutch National High Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) targeted two popular darknet marketplaces. The FBI successfully took down Alphabay, and the NHTCU silently took over, administered, and shut down Hansa Market. By coordinating these international efforts, both agencies expected vendors active on Alphabay ... Read More »

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AutoCrawler – Crawling dynamic web applications and furthering deep web outreach

Web crawlers, also referred to as web spiders, have been extensively studied ever since the world wide web was launched. More recently, researchers have been concerned with web crawlers that attempt to crawl parts of the web that require completion of forms, which represent parts of the deep web. According to recent research studies and the statistics of BrightPlanet published ... Read More »

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Bitcoin weekly price analysis – 6.11.2018

After dropping down to a low of $6,242 last week, bitcoin price started rising regularly hitting a week high of $6,529. Even though technical analysis of last week’s charts denoted that we are likely to witness a bearish market during most of the week’s trading sessions, a new upwards wave began manifesting itself last Wednesday following a short bearish move. ... Read More »

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Long range dependence and sentiment as drivers of volatility in bitcoin’s market

It is inarguable that bitcoin is one of the world’s most volatile currencies, especially when compared to fiat currencies such as the USD, JPY, and GBP. Even though high volatility is threatening bitcoin’s chance to become a widely adopted currency, academic researchers are interested in the reasons underlying this volatility. Most research studies have stressed that less rational factors, such ... Read More »

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Medical big data is offered for sale on the darknet

Recently, the concept of the so-called Big Data has become more and more popular, which in the simplest way can be defined as data characterized by extensive volume, diversity and variability. Their analysis goes far beyond simple operations on one given type of information and includes aspects of data analysis, such as the generation of hypotheses, and not simply testing ... Read More »