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US Government Will Now Allow Defense Distributed to Distribute 3D Printed Firearms Software

After years of litigation, the United States Department of Justice has finally decided to settle with Defense Distributed, the creators of the first 3D printed firearm, and the Second Amendment Foundation. Under the settlement the Department of Justice will no longer prohibit Defense Distributed from distributing its 3D printed firearms software over the internet. Defense Distributed and its companion site, ... Read More »

ICE Agents Posed As Money Launderers to Bust Darknet Drug Dealers

The United States Department of Justice recently announced that federal law enforcement agents have filed charges against 90 people as the result of an undercover federal operation on the darknet. The undercover investigation was conducted by law enforcement agents from the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations branch. ICE is itself a branch of the Department ... Read More »

Brave Web Browser Implements Private Tabs That Use Tor

The latest release of the Brave web browser includes a new privacy feature that is in beta testing. When a private tab is opened in version 0.23 of the Brave web browser, users now have the option to enable the new privacy feature that uses Tor onion routing to help increase privacy. This new feature makes private tabs actually private, ... Read More »

Supreme Court Refuses to Review Ross Ulbricht’s Case

In December of last year, the attorneys for Ross Ulbricht, the convicted creator of the original Silk Road darknet, had asked the Supreme Court of the United States to review Ulbricht’s case in a petition for a writ of certiorari they filed with the high court. But prior to the end of the Supreme Court’s term for this year, the ... Read More »

Secret Service Wants Congress to Regulate Anonymous Cryptocurrencies, Coin Mixing, and Mining Pools

The United States House of Representatives’ Committee on Financial Services’ Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance recently held a hearing on the Illicit Use of Virtual Currency and the Law Enforcement Response. The only three people to testify at the hearing before the Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finances were all law enforcement agents who worked for the federal government. ... Read More »

Darknet Vendors and Buyers Switching to Decentralized Trading Solutions

A recent report issued by Digital Shadows claims that darknet vendors and buyers are increasingly moving away from the use of centralized darknet markets, like Dream Market and Wall Street Market, and moving to decentralized marketplaces. Digital Shadows is an organization which monitors and reports on the darknet, the clearnet, and the deep web. In the new 15 page report, ... Read More »

NSA Surveillance Continues to Grow According to New Transparency Report

  The Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a statistical transparency report on their mass surveillance operations during 2017. The transparency report is required under the 2015 Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ending Eavesdropping, Dragnet-collection and Online Monitoring Act (USA FREEDOM Act) and last years FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act. The USA FREEDOM Act was passed ... Read More »

Amazon Demands Signal Stop Using Anti-Censorship Technique on Their Content Delivery Network

For over a year and a half countries such as China, Cuba, Egypt, Guyana, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Paraguay, Qatar, Syria, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates have blocked people from using Signal, a mobile communications app for sending encrypted texts and making encrypted phone calls. This encrypted communications app is available on the mobile operating systems Google Android and Apple ... Read More »

Snowden Documents Reveal the NSA Has Been Tracking Bitcoin Users Since at Least 2013

A series of documents recently published by The Intercept shows that the NSA has been tracking Bitcoin users for years. The documents were provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. While many other federal agencies are paying private contractors, such as Chainalysis, to provide information on Bitcoin transactions and users, the US intelligence community has been running their own cryptocurrency surveillance ... Read More »

Feds Prosecute Staff of Encrypted Phone Company

Police have arrested and filed criminal charges against the CEO of a Canadian company that sold security hardened Blackberry and Samsung cell phones that were modified to protect privacy through the use of message encryption and the removal of unnecessary and potentially vulnerable hardware. Four others involved in operating the company are currently wanted by police, but have yet to ... Read More »

Trump Administration to Propose New Policy of Executing Opioid Dealers

Recently President Donald Trump said his administration plans to introduce a policy proposal in the near future that would call for the execution of people convicted of dealing large amounts of fentanyl and fentanyl analogs. The state sanctioned murder of non-violent people who deal strong opioids would be likely to have no effect on stopping the drug trade, but it ... Read More »

Nearly All Zcash and Zclassic Transactions Are Not Private

A clueless Bill Gates recently said that “The main feature of cryptocurrencies is their anonymity.” In reality most cryptocurrencies are not very anonymous at all. Even most of the so-called privacy coins aren’t very private. While cryptocurrencies with a public blockchain, like Bitcoin, can be made somewhat more private by using services like Bitcoin mixers, also known as tumblers, they ... Read More »

The NSA Helps Norway Conduct Illegal Mass Surveillance

A top secret satellite listening post in Norway that has been, and continues to be, supported by the United States’ National Security Agency (NSA) is helping to conduct illegal mass surveillance programs. The Norwegian Intelligence Service constructed the secret satellite surveillance station on an old military base in 2000. The base is known by the codename VICTORY GARDEN, and it ... Read More »

Federal Government Agents Buy Stalkerware

A spyware company called Mobistealth was revealed to be selling its products and services to several agencies of the American government, according to information released by a hacker who infiltrated Mobistealth’s servers. Mobistealth markets their cell phone surveillance and computer surveillance products to parents as a way to enable parental controls, as well as to businesses to monitor employee use ... Read More »