Monday, June 22, 2015

Videos and slides for "Security in Times of Surveillance" 2015


The Eindhoven Institute for the Protection of Systems and Information (Ei/PSI) organizes a 1-day event on Security in Times of Surveillance on Friday, 08 May 2015. The event will take place at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven in the Blauwe Zaal. It features eight invited talks covering technical as well as legal and political aspects of security and surveillance. The program closes with a viewing of the CITIZENFOUR film..."



Friday, June 12, 2015

Guccifer Letter from Prison

From: "Matei Rosca" <mail[at]>
To: "John Young" <jya[at]>
Subject: RE: exclusive Guccifer letters
Date: Tue, 09 Jun 2015 07:19:19 -0700

Here's the translation of Guccifer's letter.


The electronic chronometer of the silver Sony dictaphone measured time's passing; Andy handed Guccifer a plain white business card. Above the superb calligraphy in Gothic letters of "The New York Times" logo stood written

Andrew Higgins
Brussels Bureau Chief

and below

Room 05200 (Box 83) Block C
Residence Palace
155 Rue de la Loi
Brussels, 1040, Belgium
Office 32 2230 9848
Mobile 32 4778 33464

On the table, by the dictaphone, Andrew had tidily placed sheets of paper with articles about Guccifer, taken off the Internet. But what attracted the hacker's attention in the stack of sheets was the collection of e-mails published by the news portal "Russia Today" in the second part of the month of March, 2013...

Monday, June 8, 2015

The Dark Web Drug Lords Who Got Away

WHEN ROSS ULBRICHT was sentenced to life in prison without parole last Friday, the judge in his case made clear that her severe punishment wasn’t only about Ulbricht’s personal actions in creating the Silk Road’s billion-dollar drug market. As Judge Katherine Forrest told the packed courtroom, she was also sending a message to any would-be online drug kingpins who might follow in his footsteps. “For those considering stepping into your shoes,” she said, “they need to understand without equivocation that there will be severe consequences.”

But despite Ulbricht’s ultimate punishment, the lesson for anyone closely watching the Dark Web drug trade has hardly been one of inevitable consequences. As independent researcher Gwern Branwen has documented in an ongoing survey of more than 70 Dark Web drug markets created after Ulbricht founded the Silk Road, only five of those sites’ administrators have been arrested. For many of the others, the security model Ulbricht pioneered—using Tor and bitcoin to protect administrators, buyers and sellers—has successfully kept law enforcement fumbling in the shadows.

In fact, the difficulty of laying hands on Dark Web drug market creators was one reason Ulbricht’s prosecutors asked for a lengthy sentence. If law enforcement can’t apprehend all Ulbricht imitators, went prosecutors’ argument, it had better compensate with harsher punishment for those it does catch. “Although the Government has achieved some successes in combating these successor dark markets, they continue to pose investigative challenges for law enforcement,” read the prosecution’s letter. “To the extent that would-be imitators may view the risk of being caught to be low, many are still likely to be deterred if the stakes are sufficiently high...”

Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP)