Darknet, Bitcoin, and Murder for Hire

Stephen Allwine was found guilty 31 January, 2018 for the Darknet related murder of his wife and staging her death as a suicide. Traditional investigation may have been enough to ensure the delivery of a guilty verdict however the use of digital evidence played a very large roll in landing … Read More

Deleted Is Not Really Deleted?

A commonly held adage in the field of digital forensics is that “Nothing is ever really deleted”.  A recent announcement by the Department of Justice regarding the missing Strzok/Page text messages completely supports that line of thinking.  In an article posted on the Fox News Channel website (Jake Gibson & … Read More

Tor: The Green Tops

The future of Tor largely depends on the community; as the number of nodes on the Tor network increases, the security for the entire network increases.  The project site lists a call to action that requests users to consider running a node or volunteering as a developer. There are three kinds … Read More

Tor: The Roots

Tor, the onion router, was developed by the U.S. Naval Research Lab and DARPA; version 2 was released to the public in 2004 after which the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit centered on defending digital privacy rights, began funding the developers to continue their work on Tor. Two years later, … Read More

An Introduction to Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrency is poised to revolutionize modern monetary practices, allowing for a universal form of exchange. At some point in the past, a decentralized system of exchange was just a musing relegated to forums populated by a handful of cryptographers; then, in 2008, some messages appeared in a cryptography forum claiming … Read More

Bitcoin’s Blockchain: The Distributed Ledger of Bitcoins

The previous article provided an introduction to Cryptocurrency, as well as an outline of the current monetary exchange system. The bitcoin currency has a similar exchange system, referred to as Bitcoin, as that of physical currency, but there are some key differences to note.  The central reserve bank providing various … Read More

Anonymity and Cryptofraud on the Blockchain

Bitcoin enables anonymous transactions between a sender and a receiver by allowing each one to know only the public key. The possibility of working backwards from a public key to a private key, in an attempt to access someone else’s digital signature and sign transactions as the private key holder, … Read More