Dark web black market Alpha Bay went offline on June 5, leaving users to wonder whether its operators did it and ran off with their money.Reassurances that the market will be back online shortly rang hollow, and the Wall Street Journal revealed on Thursday that the market was shut down in a coordinated action by law enforcement agencies in the US, Canada, and Thailand.During the action, Alexander Cazes, a 26-year-old Canadian suspected of being one of the market’s administrators, was arrested in Thailand at the request of US authorities. A few days later, he was found dead in his cell at the Narcotics Suppression Bureau in Laksi district. By all appearances, he took his own life. The procedure for his extradition to the US was apparently underway.Alpha Bay was launched in late 2014 and has, in time, surpassed Silk Road in size. All kinds of contraband – including drugs and stolen payment card information – was sold and bought through it.Alpha Bay was one of the biggest markets of this kind on the dark web, and its disappearance is forcing its users to turn to other markets, like Hansa and Dream Market.
Daily Archives: July 22, 2017
A top AT&T executive says the company may soon return to charging consumers an additional fee to protect their privacy. Last year, you might recall AT&T quietly started charging between $531 and $800 more each year if customers wanted to opt out of AT&T’s Internet Preferences program, which uses deep-packet inspection to track and monetize user behavior around the Internet. AT&T was heavily criticized for the move, and ultimately stopped charging the extra fees — but only to help secure regulatory approval for its Time Warner merger.But with AT&T getting every indication that its latest massive merger will be approved by Trump (despite a campaign promise to kill the deal), and AT&T having just successfully lobbied to kill consumer broadband privacy rules, the company says the “privacy surcharge” may be returning.In a an interview on C-SPAN, AT&T Senior Vice President Bob Quinn was quick to acknowledge that the idea wasn’t popular among consumer advocates and customers.”We got an enormous amount of criticism from privacy advocates when we rolled out, in Austin, Texas, an ad-supported Internet service…Privacy advocates screamed about that,” said Quinn.Of course that was then and this is now.
After successfully lobbying the GOP to kill consumer privacy protections, AT&T lobbyists have shifted their attention toward killing net neutrality, and ferreting all oversight of broadband ISPs to an over-extended and ill-equipped FTC. As such, there’s very little on the horizon stopping AT&T from doing whatever it damn well pleases under the Trump administration.”As the privacy revolution evolves, I think people are going to want more control, and maybe that’s the pricing model that’s ultimately what consumers want,” said Quinn, who repeatedly tried to insist this was simply “ad-supported Internet service” that the company would be revisiting eventually.But “more control” is the opposite of what AT&T offered. The company’s U-Verse broadband customers had to navigate a confusing array of options to even find the opt out function, and even then AT&T didn’t do a very good job making it clear that protecting your own privacy would be hugely expensive. Also note that while paying this additional money stopped you from seeing targeted ads, it didn’t even truly stop AT&T from collecting this data.
On the southwestern edge of Lake Titicaca, Peru, there is an ancient 23-foot doorway known as the Aramu Muru. Local natives call it the “Puerta de hayu Marca,” the gateway to the lands of the gods and immortal life. Throughout their history, the natives have described people disappearing and appearing at this doorway.We’re revolutionizing the news industry, but we need your help! Click here to get started.In 1998, purported extraterrestrial contactee Jerry Wills claimed a tall blonde humanoid named Zo taught him how to access Aramu Muru and enter “another universe.” Wills further claimed that Zo illustrated to him how our universe is an experimental simulation within his species’ universe. They built it to understand their own reality, which is itself nested inside a larger universe.The next year, in 1999, the blockbuster science fiction film The Matrix came out and forever emblazoned into our collective subconscious the idea that our existence is a simulation created by a more advanced race of beings. Incidentally, the film also made long black trench coats, black sunglasses, and my last name all the rage, but I digress…
he security researchers at ESET have uncovered a stealth malware named Stantinko. When the researchers started analyzing this malware, they were pretty confused with little idea if it was an adware or spyware. The researchers have traced Stantinko malware since 2002. Since then, the malware creators have tracked its activity and increased sophistication. The malware is still active with the new version of the main services which was released earlier this year.Components related to FileTourSome of the key points that you must know about Stantinko malware are:The chief targets of Stantinko malware are Russia and Ukraine, with 46% and 33%, respectively.The botnet is primarily an adware that installs browser extensions for injecting ads during web browsing.Components of the malware are hidden inside legitimate FOSS software.It installs multiple persistent services to resist the cleaning attempts.Malicious extensionsWhat sets Stantinko adware apart from others is its ability to download and execute other payloads. The researchers were able to find additional modules deployed by the adware, including fully-featured remote control backdoor, a Google searching bot, and a WordPress and Joomla brute forcing tool.The current version of the malware is distributed via torrent. The initial infection file, FileTour, is a downloader that installs multiple malicious applications. Stantinko’s persistent services also install malicious extensions, which seem legitimate, for performing advertising fraud. The two installed extensions are The Safe Surfing and Teddy Protection, whose combined installations are around 500,000.
Facebook, Google and Twitter use the name Net Neutrality to push for a tighter, more monopolised Internet while claiming they seek to protect an open environment.Dozens of technology companies allied Wednesday to protest against the proposal by the government of Donald Trump aimed at limiting net neutrality.The term that seems to promote a more open web actually does exactly the opposite. It facilitates monopolies and limits information circulation on the web.Through their respective websites, Facebook, Google, Netflix and Twitter – among others – advocate an open and free network, while calling for the regulation of Internet providers in the United States.More than 80,000 online spaces participated in the initiative, dubbed the “Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality”. Companies displayed ads, alerts and information on the importance of an “Open Internet”.The reaction comes almost two months after the FCC began the process of reviewing the rules governing the activities of companies providing Internet access, such as Verizon, Comcast or AT & T, which seek ever more monopolistic regulations.Today, these tech giants do what they please with cyber infrastructure. They work closely with the spying apparatus to illegally collect private information from users. Now, they want more of that, more unlimited powers to determine who reads what, when and how.