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December 20, 2016

1 Billion Users’ Data from Yahoo Breach up for Sale on the Dark Web

In September, Yahoo announced it had been hacked, and that data from 500 million users had been compromised. A few days ago, the company announced it was hacked a second time, this time with 1 billion users’ data being compromised. Both attacks occurred back in 2013, and hacked data has reportedly been for sale on the dark web.

News about the attacks came to light after Yahoo struck a deal with telecom giant Verizon, in which the internet giants’ core business would be sold to the telecommunications company for $4.83 billion. The sale is now in jeopardy.

According to Andrew Komarov, Chief Intelligence Officer at cybersecurity firm InfoArmor, all of the hacked data [...]

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December 14, 2016

Popcorn TIme Ransomware Pardons Victims, If They Infect 2 Other Victims

Ransomware has been around for a while, and it’s a pretty nasty thing as it encrypts users’ files and forces them to pay. Now, a group of hackers, allegedly from Syria, have create a new type that gives victims a choice: they either pay up, or they infect two new users to have access to their files again.

This new type of ransomware, named Popcorn Time (unrelated to the Popcorn Time software you use to watch movies), is different from the type that hit the San Francisco Metro System last month. It forces users to either pay 1 Bitcoin, or to send their friends a link that will infect them with the ransomware. If the victim’s friends pay up, then the victim gains access to its [...]

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December 9, 2016

This Tool Lets you Scan the Dark Web for your (Stolen) Personal Data

A recently revealed a dark web scanning service was launched in the UK. The service is called OwlDetect and is available for £3,5 a month. It allows users to scan the dark web in search for their own leaked information. This includes email addresses, credit card information and bank details.

The service reportedly uses online programs and a team of trained experts to scan hundreds of thousands of dark web websites in order to look for their customers’ data. If any personal data is found, the company helps its users act in order to keep themselves safe. It was launched in an attempt to remove reliance on big companies, as users usually only know they were hacked after these [...]

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December 6, 2016

The Department of Defense Is about to Enhance Its Deep Web Search Engine

A lot of people have never heard of Memex. Memex is a deep web search engine developed by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), the agency that created the ARPANET, which served as a basis of the internet we use nowadays.

Memex is a deep web search engine that doesn’t quite work like Google or Bing. DARPA sees Memex as a set of search tools intended for government use, unlike commercial search engines as the ones mentioned above. This deep web search engine powers domain-specific searches that then show sophisticated infographics as results. According to Tech Times, this new search engine can crawl 90 to 95% of the deep web.

The current goal is to battle [...]

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