DarkCyber for May 22, 2018, Now Available

May 22, 2018

The May 22, 2018 DarkCyber is now available at www.arnoldit.com/wordpress and on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/270993972

This week’s story line up includes  … Russia increases the pressure on encrypted services… The end of Webstresser’s denial of service system… Tangem’s “just like paper money” Bitcoin bank notes… and scammers cultivate Orchid Labs with a fake initial coin offering.

Stephen E Arnold’s DarkCyber is a weekly video news and analysis program about the Dark Web and lesser known Internet services.

Russia wants access to messages and online sessions conducted within its borders. The government has now taken steps to outlaw virtual private networks unless special conditions are met. The move to block VPNs follows the country’s blocking of encrypted messaging services. Although VPNs lead data, time and technical resources are required to make sense of the data flowing through a VPN. A ban or tight restrictions will allow authorities to access content and monitor activity more easily. As censorship and clamp downs increase, innovators will try to find ways to circumvent government barriers.

Crime as a service (CaaS) has become a popular way to generate revenue among some bad actors. A vendor doing business as Webstresser has been shut down by government authorities in the UK. The service was allegedly used to prevent certain online sites from serving their users. Among those organization affected by Webstresser’s ability to flood a targeted Web site with bogus traffic were several banks in England. Nevertheless, CaaS vendors continue to make their technology available via the Dark Web and other obfuscated services.

The third story highlights what amount to Bitcoin bank notes. Tangem has created a physical bank note which can be used a currency without having to go online and use a digital wallet. The breakthrough appears to be a low-cost, highly functional chip which is embedded in the physical bank note. Merchants can verify that the account has a positive balance using a mobile phone. The first trial of the Bitcoin bank note will be in Singapore with other locations to be announced in the near future. Stephen E Arnold said, “A physical form of Bitcoin may facilitate easier use of digital currency. Despite the technical innovations incorporated in the Tangem bank note, convenience will come at a price. Bad actors will find physical Bitcoin notes useful in illegal transactions because the anonymity of the transaction and the lack of regulation opens the door to unlawful commerce, money laundering, and purchases of contraband.”

The final story reveals that Orchid Labs, a developer of high-security technology, has been the target of a scam. Bad actors have created a bogus initial coin offering (ICO). However, the digital currency does not benefit Orchid Labs. The funds flow to the bad actors. In May 2018, Orchid Labs wrote individuals on the company’s mailing list in order to explain the same.

A special report about one of the DarkCyber’s most interesting research findings will be released on June 5, 2018.

Kenny Toth, May 22, 2018

DarkCyber for May 15, 2018, Now Available

May 15, 2018

DarkCyber for May 15, 2018, is now available at www.arnoldit.com/wordpress and on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/268758291

Stephen E Arnold’s DarkCyber is a weekly video news and analysis program about the Dark Web and lesser known Internet services.

The stories in the May 15, 2018, program are another Dark Web murder-for-hire scam goes wrong, the “Terror in the Dark” report provides information about how bad actors use the hidden Internet, a run-down of manufacturers of cell site simulators, a new map of the Dark Web, and the New Zealand teen ran a drug dealing business from his parents’ home.

Please, note that Stephen will be lecturing the week of June 4, 2018, at the Telestrategies ISS conference. He will produce and release a special report about on of our team’s research findings on June 5, 2018. Due to time zones, the go live date for the program may be different. We will announce schedule shifts in Beyond Search.

Kenny Toth, May 15, 2018

DarkCyber for May 8, 2018, Now Available

May 8, 2018

DarkCyber for May 8, 2018, is now available at www.arnoldit.com/wordpress and on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/268247100

Stephen E Arnold’s DarkCyber is a weekly video news and analysis program about the Dark Web and lesser known Internet services.

Terrogence, a business unit of Verint, has developed a specialized image collection and search system. The focus is on identifying bad actors. Images are harvested from a wide range of sources, and the images are indexed. Verint also offers a robust FaceDetect system, which when combined with Verint’s other technologies and engineering capabilities provides a number of high-value functions for investigators. However, China has made significant advances in facial recognition as well. The key point is that real-time facial recognition technology has diffused around the world. No single country or region dominates this technical field. Although consumer applications of facial recognition technology are reducing flight boarding times, facial recognition is an amplifier for law enforcement. What once took days or weeks can now be accomplished in minutes or hours.

Chemistry majors know that fabricating a synthetic opioid, if not particularly complicated, requires time, expertise, and attention to detail. Bulk 4-ANPP can be acquired via transactions on the hidden Internet, shipped to a country (for example, Mexico), and then smuggled into the US. With this intermediate, street grade fentanyl can be manufactured quickly. Due to the small size of some fentanyl doses, drug orders can be sent via traditional package and letter delivery systems. Fentanyl is, ounce for ounce, significantly more profitable for drug dealers to handle.opioid More aggressive and stringent parcel per-screening may be needed to deal with this type of contraband.

Since the ground breaking FBI PlayPen operation, a number of “seize and operate” stings have neutralized some bad actors. A recent operation in Ohio resulted in the arrest of bad actors who had in their possession more than 250,000 child pornography (CP) images and videos. Operation Pacifier was a success, resulting in the identification of 300 individuals, 55 of whom were hands-on child abusers. Despite the success of CP operations in the US and the UK, child sex abuse remains a serious, world-wide problem.

The final story describes an allegedly fool proof way to allow law enforcement to access encrypted messages. DarkCyber reports that the idea of solving two complicated problems is interesting. However, what a human has crafted can be solved by a human. The academic researchers’ proposed method is likely to be less useful than techniques developed by policeware vendors. DarkCyber believes than one large online vendor will be introducing capabilities which may be more useful to law enforcement. The patented method will be profiled in Stephen E Arnold’s “Deanonymizing Digital Currency Transactions at the Telestrategies ISS conference in Prague in June 2018.

Kenny Toth, May 8, 2018

DarkCyber for May 1, 2018, Now Available

May 1, 2018

DarkCyber is a weekly video news program which covers important Dark Web stories and information about less well known Internet services. Produced by Stephen E Arnold, publisher of the Beyond Search blog, DarkCyber is available at www.arnoldit.com/wordpress and streaming on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/267103171  .

Russia has blocked Telegram, the popular messaging app which had an estimated nine million users in Russia. DarkCyber explains that Russian government officials must now use decades old technology for their text messages. One consequence of the Russian blocking of Telegram is that service to Amazon and Google was interrupted. DarkCyber provides a workaround that Russian users may want to consider adopting to respond to the stepped up censorship in Russia.

A new report from a unit of the GHCQ (Britain’s equivalent of the US National Security Agency) provides a thorough run down of cyber crime activity in England. DarkCyber highlights how a person can download a free copy of this important report. Plus, DarkCyber describes a case example of Crime as a Service highlighted in the study. The particular CaaS involves an individual providing malware programmers a way to verify that their code could elude some detection systems. Plus, DarkCyber reveals how the bad actor provided his paying customers with free customer support.

DarkCyber provides basic information explaining how a person can set up a Dark Web server. The procedure is straightforward but may be too complex or cumbersome for some users who want to take advantage of Tor’s anonymity features. DarkCyber provides an easy solution which can get a Dark Web site online in a matter of minutes and costs pennies a day.

The final story reiterates a theme based on a person’s assumption that the Dark Web is anonymous. For an individual who believed that Ecstasy purchases with payment via Bitcoin were invisible to law enforcement, the Dark Web is not as Dark as she assumed. Australian and UK authorities arrested the person who assumed incorrectly that Tor was 100 percent anonymous.

We have also updated Stephen’s brief biography. We have reproduced it below:

Stephen E Arnold is the author of “Dark Web Notebook” and “CyberOSINT: Next Generation Information Access.” This book describes some of the technologies used by GSR and Cambridge Analytica to acquire and analyze Facebook user data. He has been named as a technology adviser to the UK based Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Human Trafficking and Child Sex Abuse.” Mr. Arnold also lectures to law enforcement and intelligence professionals attending the Telestrategies ISS conferences in Prague, At that conference, he will describe a major vendor’s virtually-unknown digital currency deanonymizing service. In addition, Mr. Arnold will appear at the Washington, DC, and Panama City, Panama, Telestrategies ISS events. In recent months, he has shared his research with law enforcement and intelligence professionals in the US and Europe. His most recent lectures focus on deanonymizing chat and digital currency transactions. One hour and full day programs are available via webinars and on-site presentations. He publishes the free Web log “Beyond Search,” which is available at www.arnoldit.com/wordpress .

DarkCyber is available at this link. (The splash page for the video contains a nod to May Day celebrations in a certain country.) We are working on a special DarkCyber about Amazon’s “intel play” which will be released coincident with his lectures at the Telestrategies ISS conference in Prague during the first week of June.

Kenny Toth, May 1, 2018

Scrubbing Terrorists: No Magic Mr. Clean

April 30, 2018

Removing terror suspects from Facebook and other social media outlets seems like it should be a cut and dry job, from the outside. However, doing so while not infringing on others’ rights gets very tricky. We learned just how tricky from a recent Telegraph article, “Facebook Reinstated Account for Terror Suspect Nine Times After He Complained They Were Stifling His Free Speech.”

According to the story:

“The social media giant suspended Abdulrahman Alcharbati’s account on nine occasions after he posted sickening Isil propaganda videos, but reinstated it each time when he complained….“Emails between the 31-year-old and Facebook’s moderators were read out to the  jury at Newcastle Crown Court, where? he ?is standing trial accused of terror offences.”

This is a difficult position, since social media outlets claim they want to respect free speech on one hand, but not encourage violent and hurtful speech on the other. Even Mark Zuckerberg has addressed the issue of removing terrorists from his site. This speaks to how prevalent the issue is and how difficult it is, as well. Don’t expect the elimination of dangerous actors from social media any time soon. There are just too many loopholes.

Patrick Roland, April 30, 2018

DarkCyber for April 17, 2018, Is Now Available

April 17, 2018

DarkCyber for April 17, 2018, is now available at www.arnoldit.com/wordpress and on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/264827844

DarkCyber is a weekly video news and analysis program about the Dark Web and lesser known Internet services.

Push back from different organizations suggests that the unregulated, free wheeling days of digital currencies are winding down. France and Japan have taken action to curtail some digital currency practices. Plus Google and Twitter have banned ads for digital currencies.

In March 2018, Stephen E Arnold, producer of DarkCyber, was named to International Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Human Trafficking & Child Sex Abuse. He points out that as censorship increases, bad actors will step up their pace of innovation.

He said, “An uptick in the use of pastesites and encrypted chat make it increasingly difficult for investigators to identify and take action against those engaged in human trafficking and related crimes. Additional funding and faster cycle procurements of next generation are important priorities in the next six to nine months.”

DarkCyber answers a viewer’s question about the Katim secure mobile phone created by DarkMatter, a cyber security firm in the United Arab Emirates. The Katim device may be a market test or a way to determine interest in secure devices.

VPNs promise increased security for users. DarkCyber points out that a number of VPNs leak user data. Protocol flaws and VPN operators who keep logs of user behaviors make it clear that VPNs may be virtual, just not private.

For more information about DarkCyber, write us at darkcyber333 at yandex.com.

Kenny Toth, April 17, 2018

DarkCyber for April 10, 2018, Is Now Available

April 10, 2018

The DarkCyber video news program for April 10, 2018, is now available at www.arnoldit.com/wordpress and on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/263730425. DarkCyber is a weekly video news and analysis program about the Dark Web and lesser known Internet services tailored to security, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals.

The April 10, 2018, program reviews how law enforcement or intelligence entities can use software exploits to gather information from a suspect’s computing device. The procedure, according to Stephen E Arnold, author of CyberOSINT: Next Generation Information Access, supplements traditional methods such as interviews and traditional computer forensics. In DarkCyber, Arnold reviews an approach spelled out by cyber experts at Narus and the University of California—San Diego. The advantage of the Narus approach is that information can be collected which may not require decryption or direct access to a suspect’s computing device.

Also, DarkCyber reports about Turkey’s alleged use of intercept and content injection technology from the Canadian firm Sandvine. Turkish authorities used a surveillance system to gather information about Turkish and Syrian persons of interest. DarkCyber points out that countries like Lebanon, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates are on a path to reach intelligence parity with countries like France, Germany, and the UK for mobile and Internet data surveillance and content interception capabilities.

DarkCyber reviews surprising findings from a Dark Web research report conducted by cyber security firm Armor. The data in the report which caught the attention of the Dark Cyber were compiled from a study of Dark Web sites selling false passport and personal financial information. The  video includes a link to the Armor study which is offered without charge

Arnold reveals electronic mail vendors providing encrypted email services. One of the services — Proton Mail based in Switzerland — allegedly was used by Cambridge Analytica. Proton’s service makes it very difficult if not impossible for law enforcement to retrieve messages within the system or if they have been deleted from the Proton mail servers. Several vendors of secure email are mentioned in the DarkCyber video.

Kenny Toth, April 10, 2018

DarkCyber Profiles the Grayshift iPhone Unlocking Appliance

April 5, 2018

DarkCyber has released a special video report about Grayshift’s iPhone unlocking device for law enforcement forensics professionals. The GrayKey device unlocks most iPhones quickly and without the need to ship the suspect’s mobile phone off site.

The video is available on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/262858305.

The video covers the pricing for the iPhone unlocker and its key features. Plus, the video product overview identifies the challenges that Grayshift will have to overcome if it wants to become the preferred provider of plug-and-unlock iPhone devices.

Stephen E Arnold said, “Grayshift’s GrayKey is important because it offers an easy-to-use iPhone unlocking system. Four digit passcode protected devices can be unlocked in two to three hours. Apple mobiles with six digit passcodes can be unlocked in two to three days. The device can be used in a mobile forensics lab and costs a fraction of some competitive solutions. GrayKey looks like the right product at the right time and at the right price.”

DarkCyber is a weekly video new program for law enforcement, intelligence, and security professionals. The special report series will focus on a single product, service, or technical innovation.

This is a special report in his CyberOSINT Tools series. These special reports will be issued when notable products, services, or technologies become available to law enforcement and intelligence professionals.

Stephen E Arnold is the author of “Dark Web Notebook” and “CyberOSINT: Next Generation Information Access.” He has been named as a technology adviser to the UK based Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Human Trafficking and Child Sex Abuse.” Mr. Arnold also lectures to law enforcement and intelligence professionals attending the Telestrategies ISS conferences in Prague, Washington, DC, and Panama City, Panama. In recent months, he has shared his research with law enforcement and intelligence professionals in the US and Europe. His most recent lectures focus on deanonymizing chat and digital currency transactions. One hour and full day programs are available via webinars and on-site presentations.

Kenny Toth, April 5, 2018

DarkCyber Explores the Cambridge Analytica Matter

March 29, 2018

Short honk: The April 3, 2018, DarkCyber devotes the program to the Cambridge Analytica Matter. What makes this program different is the DarkCyber approach. The DarkCyber researchers examined open source information for factoids about how Cambridge Analytica created their “actionable” information for political clients. If you want to see a social media survey question can generate “triggers” to cause action via an image, a tweet, or blog post — tune in on April 3, 2018. Plus the program provides a link so you can download an application which can be used to generate “centers of influence”. Who knows? You could become the next big thing in content analysis and weaponizing information.

Make a note. On Tuesday, April 3, 2018, You will be able to view the video at www.arnoldit.com/wordpress or on Vimeo.

Kenny Toth, March 29, 2018

DarkCyber for March 27, 2018, Now Available

March 27, 2018

DarkCyber for March 27, 2018, is now available at www.arnoldit.com/wordpress and on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/261699559.

Stories this week: HyperionGray’s Dark Web map explored, Dark Web service firms shift into high-profile marketing mode, Bitcoin attracts more US government scrutiny, alleged Dark Web specialist Freedom Hosting hacked and its data location, and digital currencies attract more US government scrutiny.

Stephen E Arnold discusses four topics in this week’s Dark Web program.

HyperionGray’s Dark Web map makes it easy to get an overview of the Dark Web. The map, when clicked, displays thumbnails of Dark Web sites. Plus, the map allows the viewer to explore Dark Web sites which share feature and content similarities.

Freedom Hosting, a Dark Web services firm, was hacked before it went offline. DarkCyber reports that one hacker discovered a cache of CP (child pornography) data on the site. The hacker copied Freedom Hosting’s customer data and other information. The hacker then made that data publicly available online.

Dark Web consulting and services has become a significant line of business for some specialized firms. In the last six months, some of these companies have stepped up their marketing efforts. DarkCyber reports that more widely available information about the Dark Web has an upside and a downside. The upside is the likelihood of these companies’ attracting more sales leads. The downside is that bad actors now have an easier time keeping pace with techniques and technologies used by security and law enforcement professionals.

DarkCyber notes that the US government is stepping up its interest in digital currencies. One reason is that initial coin offering are being used by some to raise money for startups and that tax authorities may need a way to ensure that income tax payers are reporting and paying applicable taxes.

You can view the program at www.arnoldit.com/wordpress.

Kenny Toth, March 27, 2018

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