Darknet Drug Dealer Caught Because of His Beard

Gal Vallerius, a 38-year-old Frenchman was arrested by United States authorities while travelling from France to the United States for the annual World Beard and Mustache Championships. Vallerius was suspected as the Darknet drug kingpin going by the name ‘OxyMonster’, which was used to sell drugs on an illegal marketplace … 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 Bulb

To better understand Tor, it is useful to understand how internet traffic is processed. The following image depicts normal internet traffic, without any protections.  When a person accesses a website, that person’s computer sends packets of information to the website that contain information like who the person is, where the … 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

The Cardinal Ruling

Although stealing signs has been commonplace in major league baseball for decades, the type of theft that occurred beginning January 2012 from the Houston Astros computer network was unprecedented in professional sports. The case began with the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigating allegations that a member of the St. Louis … 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

Assessing the Cybercrime Epidemic

For several years now, the impact of cybercrime on our society has been rising within the public consciousness.  A decade or more ago, the only people concerned with cybercrime were certain specialists whose lives were directly impacted.  Over the last decade or so, we’ve witnessed a dramatic increase in smart … Read More

Ransomware on the Rise

Cyber criminals are coming for your data and money. The FBI reported an increase in cyber attacks, specifically ransomware. Hospitals, school districts, state and local governments, small businesses, large businesses, academic institutions, and law enforcement are all among the top targets for these attacks. Organizations face the possibility of immense … Read More