Pierluigi Paganini August 09, 2017
FBI masqueraded the NIT in a video-bait to unmask sextortionist on Tor

The FBI used a NIT involving a specially crafted video file to unmask a sextortionist that via Tor was threatening youngsters. The FBI has used once again the network investigative technique (NIT) for unmasking Tor users, this time the feds used it to arrest a suspected sextortionist. The man is accused of having tricked young […]

Pierluigi Paganini July 02, 2017
FBI hacked a US Darknet shopper who tried to purchase Mail Bomb

The FBI hacked the system of a dark web user who tried to purchase a mail bomb from an undercover investigator in the US. According to a plea agreement, filed on April 28, 2017, Clinton Scott Bass of Georgia (US) tried in a first time to purchase a car bomb. The man, who was using […]

Pierluigi Paganini February 11, 2017
Privacy groups claim FBI hacking operation in the PlayPen case was unconstitutional

According to Privacy groups, the FBI search warrant used to hack into thousands of computers around the world in the PlayPen case was unconstitutional, Privacy groups are claiming the FBI hacking campaign against the Playpen child pornography community violated international law. According to the court documents, the FBI monitored the Playpen bulletin board Tor hidden service […]

Pierluigi Paganini December 10, 2016
Lax Cybersecurity at Nuclear Facilities is a Recipe For Widespread Disaster

Experts at the Nuclear Industry Summit (NIT) explained how to reduce the risk of damaging cyberattacks at nuclear facilities. The threat of cyber attacks on nuclear power plants and other nuclear facilities is substantial and on the increase, according to experts at the Nuclear Industry Summit, held earlier in the year. Hackers are becoming more […]

Pierluigi Paganini February 22, 2016
FBI must reveal the network investigative technique used to hack more than 1000 computers

The FBI must provide details on the network investigative technique used to hack more than 1000 computers in a case involving child pornography. In a case involving child pornography, the FBI was ruled by a judge to provide all the code used to hack the PC of suspects and detailed information related to the procedure […]

Pierluigi Paganini January 22, 2016
TorMail hack, FBI surgical operation, or dragnet surveillance?

In 2013 the FBI agents seized TorMail, now new information are emerging on the operations. Someone believes it was a surgical ops others accuse Feds of dragnet surveillance. In 2013 the FBI agents seized TorMail, at the time the most popular dark web email services. The US law enforcement agency seized the TorMail database during in concomitants of the […]

Pierluigi Paganini January 10, 2016
The FBI used the NIT to de-anonymize thousand Pedos on Tor

The US law enforcement conducted an unprecedented hacking campaign leveraging on the  network investigative technique (NIT) to de-anonymize Tor users. In July, at least two individuals from New York have been charged with online child pornography crimes after visiting a hidden service on the Tor network. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had used a hacking […]