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

Traveling Abroad: Safe & Aware

Depending on the country being visited,  traveling abroad can be no more dangerous than the parking lot of Disney Land.   In some other countries significant security risks are present.    In many latin American countries kidnapping and extortion are the national past time. A good place to start is … Read More

Meltdown and Spectre Threat Continues

The roller-coaster that is Meltdown and Spectre has been a unique ride, and doesn’t appear to over. But there is more to take away from this story than a prolific vulnerability. The security world stood in shock and awe early this year as news of Spectre and Meltdown began circulating.  … Read More

Blockchain Data Mining by Police

Cryptocurrency, particularly bitcoin, first came into the spotlight largely in part due to its relation with illegal drug transactions over the Darknet. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has revealed they are now tracking transactions on the blockchain made by illegal drug traffickers attempting to cover their trail through … Read More

Zyklon Malware Resurgence

FireEye recently reported a resurgence of the Zyklon HTTP malware, which leverages three new vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office.  This sophisticated malware, originally detected in early 2016, has been observed targeting telecommunication, insurance, and financial service industries through spear phishing attacks.  Once a host has been infected, Zyklon conducts command and … Read More

Lebanese Hacking Continues

A state-sponsored hacking group called the Dark Caracal, linked to the Lebanese government, has an ongoing attack effecting desktops and Android. They have been found to be engaging in cyber espionage and data theft against 21 countries or more.  They have stolen hundreds of gigabytes of personal data. Their attacks … Read More

ICO Warning: 10% of Proceeds Hacked

Ernst & Young conducted a study of 372 initial coin offerings put out in 2017 and tracked the ICO funding patterns.  Last year investors and coin fans pumped around $3.7 billion into ICOs, but EY found that around $400 million of that money ended up in the hands of hackers.   … Read More

Hackers Expose Lack of Internal Controls

State sponsored Lebanese hackers recently left hundreds of gigabytes of stolen data exposed to the open web. While this headline is notable on its own, it highlights an even larger problem. One of the biggest issues seen in almost every household and an alarming number of businesses is the lack … Read More

Cryptocurrency: Why Lost or Stolen Coins Must Be Documented

As the rise of the popularity of cryptocurrency barrels toward a paradigm shift in the economy, some traditional issues, as it relates to crypto being an asset, begin to surface. This includes the implications of your responsibilities when that asset is stolen or otherwise lost and unrecoverable. In 2014, the … Read More

Cybercrime Most Wanted

Cybercrime has undergone immense growth in recent years, making the almost complete lack of data regarding cybercrime trials and convictions unacceptable. Large agencies such as the Bureau of Prisons and the United States Sentencing Commission fail to include cybercrime in their reporting. The U.S. Justice Department offers a small statistic … Read More