Police Takeover of Darknet Markets

Seems like the underground markets are in serious trouble.
a Canadian citizen living in Thailand was arrested in that country and is believed to have committed suicide while in custody after international authorities — including police here — worked to close the AlphaBay criminal marketplace on the Dark Web
AlphaBay's takeover

The users of AlphaBay flocked started migrating over to the Hansa Market, which was already under the control of the Dutch police!

An interesting police intereview

There are rumors that Dream Market may also already be under the police control.

FBI arrests NSA Data Leaker

...  unfortunately, it seems like Winner was not aware of the fact "that most new printers print nearly invisibly yellow dots that track down exactly when and where documents, any document, is printed ...
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WannaCry Ransomware


  • A good article detailing what this is about.
  • The "hero" who reserved the domain name to halt the spread.
  • Variations start emerging, and more expected soon.
  • Suspected links to North Korea
  • A beginners guide to what this is all about
  • Profits Finally Hit $100,000
  • Can be decrypted -- well sort of - in some conditions

Unprotect MS Word files, check ransomware code

An interesting tool to have (especially for ransomware): How to unprotect vb-code from MS Word.

SHA1 Broken (shattered)!

SHA1 cryptography hash has finally been broken. In all fairness it was declared obsolete a while back. But it is still very interesting to see a theoretical attack live in action.