Tag Archives: Opsec

Don’t Trust Bitcoin Mixers and Other Opsec Lessons From the Darknet

When darknet markets are shut down these days, the arrests don’t generate much fanfare. There’s a day of press at best, and then the media moves on to bigger stories, leaving the fate of the DNM operators unreported as their case grinds through the courts. This is a shame, as the indictments for the accused reveal valuable insights into how ...

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The Roger Stone indictment shows a conspiratorial comedy of Opsec errors

Enlarge / Roger Stone, a former advisor to President Donald Trump, leaves the Fort Lauderdale Federal Courthouse on January 25, 2019. Stone was charged by the government of obstruction, giving false statements and witness tampering. (credit: Johnny Louis/Getty Images) Former Trump advisor and self-proclaimed “dirty trickster” Roger Stone—the man with a Richard Nixon tattoo on his back and a penchant ...

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Dropgangs and Dead Drops: Report Highlights Evolving Darknet Market Opsec

Since the creation and subsequent takedown of the darknet marketplace the Silk Road, the hidden market ecosystem has exploded with inventive solutions that promote private voluntary exchanges. According to recently published darknet market (DNM) research, the cat and mouse game continues with vendors inventing new ways to bolster online black market activities. In the last two years, the DNM ecosystem ...

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5 Opsec Errors That Caused Cryptocurrency Users to Lose Everything

Maintaining good operational security is imperative for all web users, but it’s particularly important in the cryptocurrency space. Prying eyes are everywhere on the internet, from law enforcement to hackers and from blockchain forensics firms to data resellers. Examining the opsec errors that got several notorious bitcoiners robbed or busted yields valuable lessons we should all heed. Also read: Colorado Regulator ...

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The Daily: Kanye Teaches Opsec, Crypto Foes Join Forces

The last 24 hours has been one of those all-too-rare periods in which the cryptosphere unites against a shared enemy. We’ll detail who in The Daily, right after we’ve discussed blockchain spam, Blockfolio’s new funding round, and how we learned an opsec lesson from Kanye West. Also read: Bitcoiners Shoot Down Roubini’s US Senate Testimony Coinbase Gaines an Altcoin, Bitfinex Loses ...

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