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Hackers Confirm Russia’s FSB Still Aims to Deanonymize Tor Traffic

For quite some time now, there have been persistent rumors regarding Tor being deanonymized. Although it is a known fact the NSA is capable of doing so, albeit it remains to be seen if they will explore that option. Russia’s FSB, however, is effectively working on such a project with the help of SyTech.  SyTech and FSB Join Forces In Russia, things are often done completely different from the rest of the world. There is nothing wrong with exploring other options, albeit the country has built up a solid reputation which isn’t all that positive. The recent findings, which came to light following a hack, will not help matters much in this regard. The information itself should not come as too big of a surprise to tech enthusiasts. The hackers in question successfully attacked and breached, Syech, a company contracted by Russian national intelligence service FSB. Among the information obtained during this breach are details regarding internal projects being developed. One of those ventures focuses on deanonymizing Tor traffic. That in itself once again confirms this protocol is not only not as anonymous as one thinks, but also under active attacks by the world’s superpowers. This project is internally known as Nautilus-S, and is quite similar to Nautilus. More specifically, Nautilus is a project for collecting data on social media users, targeting platforms such as LinkedIn and Facebook. Nautilus-S is designed to deanonymize Tor traffic by setting up rogue servers which act as gateways. This approach is not entirely new, as there have been genuine concerns regarding malicious Tor servers for many years now.  Unlike what one might think, the Nautilus-S project was effectively put to the test in 2012. After years of development, it was finally put into a working tool in 2014. It did not take long for foreign researchers to take note of what was going on and how hostile Tor exit nodes could pose major problems. Ever since that time, it remains uncertain if the project was still in operation. It seems logical to assume someone is exploring the option of using rogue Tor servers, but it might not necessarily be the FSB. Back in 2014, a total of 25 malicious exit nodes were identified, of which 18 were hosted in Russia. That doesn’t mean the rest of the servers weren’t under Russian control either, albeit further research is necessary to determine how this plan worked exactly. Even so, it poses a legitimate threat to Tor users around the world, especially now that the information regarding this project has been obtained by hackers.  For the time being, it remains to be seen if and how Tor will be affected by these revelations. Its developers have been working on ways to ignore potential rogue servers, albeit there is never a foolproof solution. Anyone can create  Tor exit node at any given time and with limited effort. As such, there will always be a chance someone is trying to deanonymize this type of internet traffic for an unknown purpose.  Image(s): Shutterstock.com The post Hackers Confirm Russia’s FSB Still Aims to Deanonymize Tor Traffic appeared first on NullTX.
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Will Russia’s cryptocurrency and blockchain agenda catapult the country to new heights?

Russia, with all its might, is one of the most dominant countries in terms of political presence and bureaucracy. However, its significant status did not resonate economically as Russia only has the 12th largest economy. With the US being the undisputed leader in terms of economics, Russia seems to look forward to challenging the former’s […] The post Will Russia’s cryptocurrency and blockchain agenda catapult the country to new heights? appeared first on AMBCrypto.
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Study Exposes How Russia, Iran, & China Are Weaponizing Crypto

It’s no secret that foes of the United States – including Venezuela, Iran, Russia, and China – are experimenting with cryptocurrency technology as they seek to render their economies immune to crippling US sanctions. However, a new study from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) exposes the lengths to which these rogue nations are […] The post Study Exposes How Russia, Iran, & China Are Weaponizing Crypto appeared first on CCN Markets
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Blockchain Life 2019 Conference: October 16 to 17, 2019 in Moscow, Russia

The fourth largest international forum on blockchain and cryptocurrencies, Blockchain Life 2019, takes place in Moscow on October 16 to 17, 2019. Experts and participants from 70 countries will discuss the fast development of blockchain technology in Russia and the world. All possible ways of making money on cryptocurrencies and innovative start-ups, blockchain implementations, and marketRead MoreRead More. The post by Guest Post appeared first on BTCManager, Bitcoin, Blockchain & Cryptocurrency News\
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Fan tokens draw new users to crypto with the latest club addition, AS Roma

Blockchain is stepping further into the sports arena, as cryptocurrency company Socios partners with soccer team AS Roma to offer a fan token, according to a statement from the club.  The token will find its way to fans through the Socios app. There, it'll be tradeable against the Socios native token, $CHZ, currently listed on BitMax and KuCoin, as well as Binance DEX - Binance's decentralized exchange. The tokens are accessed on Socios.com, but housed on a separate permissioned side chain, where each club becomes a Node with Proof Of Authority (POA) from $CHZ. In order to access the club token through a Fan Token Offering, fans must first hold $CHZ. The move could open crypto to a wider user base, since the tokens allow fans to have a voice in their club. The tokens five supporters the right to vote on certain club decisions. They'll be set at a price of two euros, but fans can also earn them by interacting with AS Roma on the Socios app. Fans can also "hunt" tokens for free through the app's augmented-reality geo-location feature Token Hunt. However, AS Roma isn't the only club interacting with fans through crypto. Indeed, clubs from different leagues including Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and West Ham United have all created fan tokens for supporters. Alexandre Dreyfus, chief executive & founder of Socios.com, said AS Roma's fan base along with other participating clubs draw hundreds of millions of users.
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What does it take to be part of the next wave of Bitcoin Billionaires? Tim Draper answers

As crypto ecosystem consistently redefines its new peak in terms of adoption, fiat investors and new players are seeking opportunities to be a part of the next wave of Bitcoin Billionaires. One of the early birds, Tim Draper leads this space in terms of making sizable investments and returns in Bitcoin. Having complete faith in Bitcoin’s […] The post What does it take to be part of the next wave of Bitcoin Billionaires? Tim Draper answers appeared first on AMBCrypto.
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Bitcoin Law Review - Blockstack's Reg A+, CFTC vs Bitmex, Gov't vs Libra/Crypto

https://ToneVays.com by @ToneVays https://twitter.com/ToneVays Topic 1: Reg A+ & Blockstack https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1719379/000110465919020748/a18-15736_1ex1a15addexhbd6.htm https://www.theblockcrypto.com/2019/07/12/blockstack-garners-reg-a-approval-but-that-doesnt-mean-crypto-icos-will-boom/ Leads into Topic 1a on Broker-Dealers & Custody https://twitter.com/philipliu/status/1149907881061302272?s=12 https://www.sec.gov/news/public-statement/joint-staff-statement-broker-dealer-custody-digital-asset-securities https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/op-ed-latest-finra-sec-security-token-custody-rules Topic 2: Government vs Libra/Crypto https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1149472282584072192?s=09 https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/18/first-on-cnbc-cnbc-transcript-treasury-secretary-steven-mnuchin-speaks-with-cnbcs-squawk-box-today.html https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/18/mnuchin-says-us-will-ensure-bitcoin-doesnt-become-like-anonymous.html https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/18/first-on-cnbc-cnbc-transcript-treasury-secretary-steven-mnuchin-speaks-with-cnbcs-squawk-box-today.html https://brianoflondon.me/2019/07/facebook-lied-about-the-cryptocurrency-industry-to-destroy-it/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-ZTkCNW0w8 https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/16/i-like-bitcoin-says-house-gop-leader-mccarthy-hits-facebook-libra.html Topic 3: Crypto Exchanges https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-07-19/u-s-regulator-probing-crypto-exchange-bitmex-over-client-trades https://twitter.com/notsofast/status/1151864421414838274?s=21 https://www.coindesk.com/ex-ceo-of-crypto-exchange-wex-arrested-in-italy https://www.coindesk.com/mt-gox-founder-hit-with-lawsuit-over-alleged-fraudulent-misrepresentation https://www.scribd.com/document/414569311/Steinmetz-Jones-v-s-McCaleb#from_embed https://www.thedailybeast.com/behind-the-biggest-bitcoin-heist-in-history-inside-the-implosion-of-mt-gox?ref=scroll Topic 3a - Update on Bitfinex vs NYAG https://ambcrypto.com/new-york-ags-court-filings-written-in-bad-faith-and-riddled-with-false-assertions-says-bitfinexs-rebuttal/ https://www.coindesk.com/bitfinex-ny-prosecutors-tether-850-million-allege https://iapps.courts.state.ny.us/fbem/DocumentDisplayServlet?documentId=vIexA1b0spKOnK_PLUS_ZUGTJ3A==&system=prod https://breakermag.com/crypto-capital-is-the-common-thread-between-bitfinex-quadrigacx-and-other-troubled-exchanges/ https://decrypt.co/6824/crypto-capital-follow-up-article Topic 4: Crypto & Taxes (Time Permitting) https://www.carltonfields.com/insights/publications/2019/how-state-remote-sales-and-use-tax-statutes-may-im https://twitter.com/cryptotaxgirl/status/1148370522775797760?s=21 Topic 5: Other - Time Permitting https://www.journalofaccountancy.com/news/2019/jun/virtual-currency-not-fbar-reportable-201921479.html https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/us-attorney-announces-arrest-and-money-laundering-charges-against-dark-web-narcotics https://cryptoslate.com/chinese-court-upholds-legal-bitcoin-ownership-btc-protected-china-property-law/ Closing Moment of Zen: https://twitter.com/Horsebox_1/status/1117955111219867648 Honorable Mention: https://www.sec.gov/corpfin/framework-investment-contract-analysis-digital-assets Please Support via Affiliate Codes: Unlimited Trading for $9 a Month at LVL: https://lvl.co/?r=kDpHhBmS Deribit to save 10% on Trading: https://www.deribit.com/reg-3221.4686 Buy/Sell Bitcoin at Paxful: https://paxful.com/?r=or4dNEDBBQX Trading View: http://tradingview.go2cloud.org/aff_c?offer_id=2&aff_id=4905&url_id=3 TorGuard VPN 50% off code & link = tone50: https://torguard.net/aff.php?aff=3782 Ugly's Lifetime Subscription: https://uglyoldgoat.com/?rid=4xyuzu Audio Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-tone-vays-podcast/id1390209454?mt=2 See Regulation overview in each state here: https://www.carltonfields.com/state-regulations-on-virtual-currency-and-blockchain-technologies/ Tone Vays is available for Corporate Consulting at the rate of 0.3 btc per hour. Please email Tone@protonmail.ch for additional info.
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