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Silk Road 2.0

Silk Road 2.0

Silk Road 2.0 Url:  silkroad6ownowfk.onion
Forum Url: silkroad5v7dywlc.onion
Sub reddit URL:  http://www.reddit.com/r/SilkRoad/ & http://www.reddit.com/r/SilkRoadTwo (this one is very new and not so active yet)
Note: Good luck.

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Apple admits celebrity accounts hacked but denies iCloud breach

Apple admitted that some of its most famous customers’ iPhone accounts were invaded by hackers, as US law enforcement investigates the mass leak of intimate photographs of more than 100 celebrities.

Its central iCloud systems were not breached in the attack, despite claims by the hackers, Apple stressed, averting a wider threat that might have affected all iPhone owners.

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Anonymous affiliate GhostSec thwarts Isis terror plots in New York and Tunisia

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Online hacktivists affiliated with Anonymous have assisted in preventing terrorist attacks on New York and Tunisia planned by Islamic State (Isis), according to a counter-terrorism expert.

Michael Smith, an adviser to the US Congress and co-founder of national security firm Kronos Advisory, revealed that information regarding potential attacks provided by the group GhostSec was used by law-enforcement agencies to disrupt IS operations.

“It is my understanding that data collected by the group, and presented to law enforcement and intelligence officials by me, was helpful to authorities in Tunisia, who disrupted a suspected Islamic State cell around 4 July,” Smith told IBTimes UK.

“This data was collected pursuant to the group’s efforts in monitoring social media accounts managed by suspected Islamic State supporters. As per their assessment, this plot would have been mobilised soon after the recent attack that occurred at a popular resort in Tunisia.”

A member of Ghost Security – or GhostSec – by the name of DigitaShadow revealed that information gathered from social media regarding potential attacks was sent to Smith, who evaluated each threat and forwarded those he believed to be credible to the relevant law-enforcement agencies. This led to the arrests of 17 suspects in Tunisia earlier this month.

Anonymous OpISIS via  @lexinerus on Twitter

“GhostSec is constantly monitoring social media and the internet for threats against governments and its citizens,” DigitaShadow told IBTimes UK. “On 2 July, we encountered an Islamic State account engaging in threats against tourists in Tunisia. They made references to a suicide bomber in an area near the Homut Souk market, which is a very populated area.

“They also made direct threats against British and Jewish tourists, so we began looking for events near areas that those nationalities visited. We located two churches in the direct vicinity that were holding services where British and Jewish tourists frequented. We collected all of the relevant intel and evidence and forwarded it to the FBI through our government contact.

“Two days later, we were debriefed that arrests had been made as a result of our intelligence.”

New York IS plot foiled

DigitaShadow revealed that the group also provided leads to authorities that proved instrumental in foiling a terror attack in New York on 4 July. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reported that more than 10 arrests took place in the US in the build-up to the 4 July Independence Day holiday weekend on suspects connected to IS terrorism plots.

Neither Smith nor the FBI was able to confirm whether the arrests in New York came as a result of information gathered by GhostSec. However Smith did confirm that data from GhostSec was used in counter-terrorism operations in Tunisia.

“Why not embrace the efforts of third-party hackers like Anonymous to dismantle the Islamic State – and even give them the resources to do so?” – Wmerson Brooking

The collaboration between the hacktivist group and law-enforcement agencies comes after a US defence policy researcher urged the US government to support groups such as Anonymous in the fight against IS.

Emerson Brooking, a research associate at the Council of Foreign Relation, said in March that the semi-anonymous digital currency bitcoin could be used to fund the efforts of hacktivists in taking down websites and social-media accounts associated with IS.

Brooking said: “How is it that the US government, capable of coordinating a complex air campaign from nearly 6,000 miles away, remains virtually powerless against the Islamic State’s online messaging and distribution network?

“If the United States is struggling to counter the Islamic State’s dispersed, rapidly regenerative online presence, why not turn to groups native to this digital habitat? Why not embrace the efforts of third-party hackers like Anonymous to dismantle the Islamic State – and even give them the resources to do so?”

GhostSec has previously worked with hacktivist collectives CtrlSec and Anonymous to take down websites and release databases of Twitter accounts associated with IS. The #OpIsis campaign recently saw the details of more than 25,000 accounts released online.

“To date our operations have met with resounding success,” said a spokesperson for GhostSec. “We have terminated over 57,000 Islamic State social media accounts that were used for recruitment purposes and transmission of threats against life and property.

“Our operatives have also detected numerous terror plots and responded accordingly with federal law enforcement agencies. Defending and preserving freedom begins in cyberspace.”

Who Owns the World’s Biggest Bitcoin Wallet? The FBI

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Who owns the single largest Bitcoin wallet on the internet? The U.S. government.

In September, the FBI shut down the Silk Road online drug marketplace, and it started seizing bitcoins belonging to the Dread Pirate Roberts — the operator of the illicit online marketplace, who they say is an American man named Ross Ulbricht.

The seizure sparked an ongoing public discussion about the future of Bitcoin, the world’s most popular digital currency, but it had an unforeseen side-effect: It made the FBI the holder of the world’s biggest Bitcoin wallet.

The FBI now controls more than 144,000 bitcoins that reside at a bitcoin address that consolidates much of the seized Silk Road bitcoins. Those 144,000 bitcoins are worth close to $100 million at Tuesday’s exchange rates. Another address, containing Silk Road funds seized earlier by the FBI, contains nearly 30,000 bitcoins ($20 million).

That doesn’t make the FBI the world’s largest bitcoin holder. This honor is thought to belong to bitcoin’s shadowy inventor Satoshi Nakamoto, who is estimated to have mined 1 million bitcoins in the currency’s early days. His stash is spread across many wallets. But it does put the federal agency ahead of the Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, who in July said that they’d cornered about 1 percent of all bitcoins (there are 12 million bitcoins in circulation).

In the fun house world of bitcoin tracking, it’s hard to say anything for certain. But it is safe to say that there are new players in the Bitcoin world — although not as many people are buying bitcoins as one might guess from all of the media attention.

Satoshi stores his wealth in a large number of bitcoin addresses, most of them holding just 50 bitcoins. It’s a bit of a logistical nightmare, but most savvy Bitcoin investors spread out their bitcoins across multiple wallets. That way if they lose the key to one of them or get hacked, all is not lost.

“It’s easier to keep track of one address, but it’s also most risky that way,” says Andrew Rennhack, the operator of the Bitcoin Rich List, a website that tracks the top addresses in the world of bitcoin.

According to Rennhack, the size of the bitcoin universe has expanded over the past year, but the total number of people on the planet who hold at least one bitcoin is actually pretty small — less than a quarter-million people. Today, there are 246,377 bitcoin addresses with at least one bitcoin in them, he says. And many people keep their bitcoins in more than one address. A year ago, that number was 159,916, he says.

Although some assume that the largest Bitcoin addresses are held by bitcoin dinosaurs — miners who got into the game early on, when it was easy to rack up thousands of bitcoins with a single general-purpose computer — almost all of the top 10 bitcoin addresses do not fit that profile, says Sarah Meiklejohn, a University of California, San Diego, graduate student.

She took a look at how many transactions in these wallets seemed to match the profile of early-day miners and found that only one of them really fit the bill.

The rest seem to belong to what Meiklejohn calls Bitcoin’s “nouveau riche”: People who are accumulating bitcoins from non-mining sources. “What you’re seeing is this influx of a different kind of wealth,” she says.

Because most bitcoin addresses haven’t been publicly identified — like the FBI’s — it’s hard to say exactly makes up the new Bitcoin top 10. Meiklejohn says that they’re likely to include wallets created by up-and-coming Bitcoin exchanges or businesses. One of them is the wallet that’s thought to contain 96,000 bitcoins stolen from the Silk-Road successor, Sheep Marketplace.

FBI offers $5K reward for ‘Most Wanted Cyber Fugitive’

FBI offers $5k reward for Most Wanted Cyber Fugitive

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in San Diego is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a Most Wanted Cyber Fugitive, John Gordon Baden.

Baden is wanted for allegedly stealing the identities of 40,000 people and then using their information to siphon funds from their brokerage or bank accounts, which he then used to pay for expensive electronics, according to an FBI press release.

 

He allegedly coordinated with two others, Jason Ray Bailey and Victor Alejandro Fernandez, to gain access to a U.S. mortgage broker’s system. The group maintained access to the system for more than two years.

Once inside the broker’s system, Baden and his cohorts stole mortgage applications containing customers’ personal information, such as names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, addresses, assets, tax information, and driver’s license numbers. The men were based in Tijuana, Mexico, where Baden is suspected to still be.

The group carried out the scheme by allegedly sharing login credentials that allowed them to access the broker’s records storage application, BitzDocs. This further allowed them to steal victims’ personal information and also defraud merchants and financial institutions.

Bailey and Fernandez were arrested in February and face charges that include conspiracy to commit wire fraud, computer hacking, aggravated identity theft, and wire fraud, among others.

The FBI estimates that millions of dollars were stolen.

FBI Confirms First Silk Road 2.0 Arrest in U.S.

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The FBI confirmed on Friday it has made a new arrest related to the recently relaunched online drug marketplace Silk Road, known as Silk Road 2.0. The development comes after a night of intense speculation among the site’s community that two of its moderators were apprehended and that law enforcement possibly has deep access to the site.

A spokesperson for the FBI office in Richmond, Va., toldMashable that agents had executed a search warrant Andrew Michael Jones, who is thought to be a Silk Road moderator with the alias “Inigo.” Separately, a spokesperson for the New York FBI office told Mashable that the agency made an arrest related to Silk Road, but would not to provide a name.

Both FBI representatives declined to provide any further information in what is an ongoing investigation.

Concurrently, TechCrunch confirmed with law enforcement in Ireland that another Silk Road top moderators who goes by “Libertas” was also arrested.

These arrests relate to moderators of the new Silk Road, known by some as Silk Road 2.0 o SR 2, which launched five weeks after the FBI seized and shuttered original site on Oct. 1.

Speculation about the arrests erupted early Friday morning, after a poster on Reddit claimed her boyfriend, a moderator for Silk Road, was arrested. You can read the full post here.

Silk Road arrest

The original post on Reddit included images of what appears to be a search warrant. The images have since been deleted, but not before DeepDotWeb downloaded them.

The apparent search warrant was signed by U.S. Magistrate Judge M. Hannah Lauck of the Eastern District of Virginia federal court. The warrant calls for the seizure of “evidence relevant to corroborating the identification of Jones as the Silk Road administrator ‘Inigo.'”

The Redditor also uploaded a scanned business card from FBI agent Christopher Tarbell, who is responsible for the arrest Ross William Ulbricht, the alleged owner and operator of the original Silk Road.

Concern over the arrests bubbled up even further following a post on another black market website called Tormarket. An individual claiming to have access to a private Silk Road vendor forum posted the following:

This is the only announcement from Dread Pirate Roberts so far; he has not replied to Mashable‘s multiple inquiries sent via Twitter and Silk Road’s forums. We will continue to update this story as we receive more information.

Guys I was arrested yesterday and out on bond now. But something is fucked! I know I’m risking more warning you guys and my attorney doesn’t even want me on the internet but you guys need to know this. When I was in the interview room they showed me all sorts of shit that they should not know or have access to including conversations I’ve had with buyers and even DPR. I don’t fucking understand.. and when I was in there I was at a loss for words. Something is definitely wrong and they have the ability to see things on here only mods or admins should like btc transfers and a dispute I had. WHAT THE FUCK?

If the above post is indeed legitimate, more arrests could be imminent. At publishing time, the Silk Road market was still operational.

Silk Road’s owner, who is known by the alias Dread Pirate Roberts or DPR, posted the following comment on his site’s forums Friday morning in an attempt to quell growing concern by the site’s users: “Silk Road has not been compromised even if the allegations are true. Neither had access to sensitive material. I will make an announcement later to address the concerns this has raised.”

American Who Disappeared In Iran Reportedly Worked For CIA

A "proof of life" photo provided to the family of ex-FBI agent Robert Levinson in April 2011.

A “proof of life” photo provided to the family of ex-FBI agent Robert Levinson in April 2011.

The Associated Press reports in an investigative piece that an ex-FBI agent who disappeared in Iran in 2007 and was last seen in a “proof of life” photograph more than two years ago had been working for the CIA, despite official denials from the U.S.

Robert Levinson, who would now be 65, vanished after traveling in March 2007 to the Iranian island of Kish, described by The Associated Press as a resort “awash with tourists, smugglers and organized crime figures.”

He was being paid to gather intelligence on Iran by a team of analysts who had no authority to run spy operations in what amounted to “an extraordinary breach of the most basic CIA rules,” the AP writes.

Since Levinson was in the process of negotiating a new contract with the agency, “After he vanished, CIA officials told Congress in closed hearings as well as the FBI that Levinson did not have a current relationship with the agency and downplayed its ties with him,” a co-author of the AP investigative article, Adam Goldman, wrote in The Washington Post.

For years after his disappearance, the U.S. publicly described Levinson “as a private citizen who traveled to the tiny Persian Gulf island on private business.”

The Two-Way’s Mark Memmott wrote about Levinson two years ago, when his family publicly pleaded for his release.

Within the CIA, the revelation of the rogue operation with Levinson as point man “prompted a major internal investigation that had wide-ranging repercussions at Langley, the officials said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive case,” the Post says.

The CIA “ultimately concluded it was responsible for Levinson while he was in Iran and paid $2.5 million to his wife, Christine,” the Post says, quoting unnamed U.S. intelligence officials.

“Levinson’s whereabouts are unknown today. Investigators can’t even say for certain whether he’s still alive. The last proof of life came about three years ago when the Levinson family received a video of him and later pictures of him shackled and dressed in an orange jumpsuit.

” ‘I have been held here for three-and-a-half years,’ he says in the video. ‘I am not in good health.’

“U.S. intelligence officials concede that if he is alive, Levinson, who would now be 65, probably would have told his captors about his work for the CIA as he was likely subjected to harsh interrogation.”

In response to the AP story, National Security Council spokesman Caitlin Hayden released the following statement Thursday evening:

“Without commenting on any purported affiliation between Mr. Levinson and the U.S. government, the White House and others in the U.S. Government strongly urged the AP not to run this story out of concern for Mr. Levinson’s life,” Hayden said. “We regret that the AP would choose to run a story that does nothing to further the cause of bringing him home. The investigation into Mr. Levinson’s disappearance continues, and we all remain committed to finding him and bringing him home safely to his family.”

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