DarkCyber for July 10, 2018, Now Available

July 10, 2018

The DarkCyber video news program for July 10, 2018, is now available at www.arnoldit.com/wordpress and on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/278891411.

This week’s program includes four stories.

The first story reports that Brave has introduced Tor tabs. The security-centric browser makes obfuscated Internet access easier to implement. The system is activated with a mouse click. Users do not have to download, install, and configure the Tor software bundle. DarkCyber reveals how to get a beta copy of this Tor-equipped browser.

Second, facial recognition systems captured some space in the news cycle. The Annapolis police were able to identify the Capital Gazette shooter using a commercial facial recognition system. The accuracy of these systems is not usually discussed. DarkCyber reveals the accuracy achieved by systems from Chinese, Russian, and US vendors.

Stephen E Arnold, author of Dark Web Notebook, said: “Facial recognition systems generate false positives. This means that unless the system generates a high probability match, human investigators and analysts have to examine the matched images. With accuracy rates for the best systems achieving 70 percent, facial recognition is a work in progress.”

The third story explains how a person with python and network expertise can configure MalTrail to identify malicious network traffic. The open source solution makes it possible to avoid the costs and contractual work associated with commercial malicious traffic analysis systems. DarkCyber points out the important differences between commercial software and the open source equivalent.

The fourth story points to a free report from the security organization InfoSec. The document includes useful information about weaknesses identified in Tor botnets and sources of malicious software. DarkCyber provides the download information for this free report and recommends that those interested in malware obtain a copy.

Next week’s program features a report about the NSO Pegasus source code slip up and a new introduction to the video program.

Kenny Toth, July 10, 2018

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