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EU’s Project Against Dark Web Crimes Enters Practical Phase

A research project funded and launched by the European Union in May 2017 to develop technical tools to help law enforcement agencies combat crimes carried out via the darknet using cryptocurrencies has entered its practical phase. On completion in April 2020 and if successful, the project will well equip law enforcement agencies in the fight against all darknet crimes and ... Read More »

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The Onion Report: The Tor Project at HOPE

Every two years the Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE) conference is held at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City. The Tor Project has held a panel discussion on the state of the Tor Project at each HOPE called The Onion Report, during which the new developments at the Tor Project are discussed. At this year’s HOPE, The Onion Report ... Read More »

Tor Project Ended Tor Messenger Development

The Tor Project announced the discontinuation of Tor Messenger, a messaging platform that incorporated Tor and OTR by default. In a blog post about the end of Tor Messenger support, the Tor Project gave three reasons for the decision. One of the more pressing reasons for ending Tor Messenger support, the blog post explained, was Florian Quèze’s discontinuation of Instantbird ... Read More »

An Overview of the Current Status of Linux’s Hyperledger Project

The Hyperledger project represents an initiative that was launched by the Linux Foundation in December 2015 to build an open source platform for the development of blockchains. The Hyperledger aims at establishing a proficient ecosystem throughout which coders and entrepreneurs can meet up and collaborate to build blockchains. So, Hyperledger is not a cryptocurrency; instead, it is a specialized hub ... Read More »

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Tor Project Blocked A Brazilian University From Running A Relay

A Brazilian university was banned from using a Tor relay since the researchers harvested the .onion addresses of the visitors. A research project at the University of Campinas in São Paulo worked on a tool that could differentiate the malicious hidden service from the benign ones. The researchers ran a Tor relay for the project, however, the Tor Project discovered ... Read More »

With The EU Funding The Project, Swedish Police Researching Cybercrime And Cryptocurrencies

Along with other national police forces in the European Union, the Swedish police is seeking EU funds to research cybercrime involving the dark web and cryptocurrencies. An evaluation report published last month detailed that the Swedish, Austrian and German police are planning to raise funds from a European Union research initiative called Horizon 2020. According to the official website of ... Read More »

NYU Accidentally Exposed Secret NSA Encryption Cracking Project

A secret super computing project to crack encrypted data that is being run by New York University (NYU), IBM, and the Department of Defense was recently revealed to the public, but not intentionally. The project, known as WindsorGreen, was revealed when the software and hundreds of pages of documents detailing the project were stored on a backup hard drive that ... Read More »

City Ceases Darknet Machine Learning Project

In October 2016, the Boston Police Department filed a request for access to software and technology that raised a minor difference in the community. Technically, the Boston Police Department filed a Request for Proposals. As suggested by the name, the Department requested proposals from outside security organizations and individuals In an email, Police Chief William Evans explained the RFP as ... Read More »

Tor Project Announces New Code of Conduct After Appelbaum Scandal

In a statement on the Tor blog, the executive director of the organization, Shari Steele,  announced that the Tor Project is implementing new policies and procedures to prevent future incidents. The incident in question would be the sexual assault allegations against one of the Tor Project’s leading developers, Jacob Appelbaum. Several months ago the organization promised they would complete a ... Read More »

Tor Project Developer Resigns In Response To Sexual Mistreatment Allegations

Jacob Appelbaum, one of the most well known developers of the Tor Project, stepped down due to “public allegations of sexual mistreatment.” The Tor Project only released a brief one-sentence-statement on Thursday about the case, however, they went into further details as they heard that rumors were spreading around in the online community about sexual assault. Appelbaum did the security ... Read More »

Copperhead, Guardian Project & F-Droid To Build Secure Mobile Ecosystem

Copperhead, Guardian Project, and F-Droid are partnering up and want to raise funding for an “open, verifiably secure mobile ecosystem of software, services and hardware”, according to the Guardian Project’s blog. The blog post goes on to say, “Through a future planned crowdfunded and commercial offering, the partnership will provide affordable off-the-shelf solutions, including device hardware and self-hosted app and ... Read More »

Tor Project To Start Bug Bounty Program

The Tor Project is about to start a bug bounty program for the Tor browser –  This means that those who find issues, bugs or vulnerabilities within the Tor browser will be paid for their efforts. Bug bounties are payments made by companies or organizations to researchers who find problems in their website or products, and who then report them. ... Read More »

Tor Welcomes New Executive Director To The Project

On December 11, the Tor Project officially announced the new executive director, Shari Steele, to the community in the form of a blog post. Shari Steele has been the Legal Director, then, later on, the Executive Director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). The EFF is an international non-profit digital rights group based in the USA that helps to protect ... Read More »

Facebook To Help Tor Project Getting Official Recognition For .onion Addresses

Facebook officially announced that they are working with the Tor Project in order to get official recognition for .onion sites. Facebook and Tor (receiving help from other companies as well) has successfully petitioned the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) for them to designate website addresses that end with ”.onion” as special use domain names. The Internet Engineering Task Force is ... Read More »