search engines

Pierluigi Paganini June 10, 2018
Search Engines in Russia cannot link to banned VPN services and Internet proxy services

Russia strengthens online censorship by announcing fines for search engines that link to VPN serviced banned in the country. Russian Government has approved a new bill to punish search engines that are not aligned with Moscow and that allows its users to find VPN services, and anonymization tools that allow circumventing the censorship. According to the amendments to the Code […]

Pierluigi Paganini April 22, 2014
Grams, the search engine for the black markets

It has been officially announced the launch of the beta version of Grams Darknet Market Search Engine specialized for researches in the underground markets. All my readers know my involvement in the researches conducted on Tor Network, and more in general on the Deep Web. Recently, many events have shocked the Tor community, the revelation […]

Pierluigi Paganini November 09, 2013
Search engines reconnaissance – The magic weapons

Search engines are formidable tools for reconnaissance, Google Hacking is essential knowledge for professionals searching for website vulnerabilities. Search engines are powerful tools for attackers that need to conduct passive reconnaissance, their use could help to gather information on the target network organization, application used and related vulnerabilities, sensitive documents and info on company personnel. […]

Pierluigi Paganini May 15, 2013
Bloomberg data breach, online 10,000 private messages

Bloomberg was the victim of an accident data breach, financial data and news service posted online more than 10,000 private messages. Bloomberg was the victim of an accident data breach, a shocking news reported that financial data and news service posted online more than 10,000 private messages between traders and clients at some of the […]

Pierluigi Paganini October 22, 2012
How much do you know on search engines? Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes?

Article published on The Malta Indipendent on October 21th 2012 Ron Kelson, Pierluigi Paganini, Fabian Martin, David Pace, Benjamin Gittins Every day billions of people submit an unimaginable number of queries through Internet search engines.  These powerful instruments have profoundly changed the user’s perception of web content. Before  search engine popularity, “web portals”, like “DMOZ  Open […]

Pierluigi Paganini September 17, 2012
The good and the bad of the Deep Web

  Article Published on The Hacker New Magazine – September Edition “Security in a serious way” Introduction The Deep Web (or Invisible web) is the set of information resources on the World Wide Web not reported by normal search engines, according a raw estimation of some security experts clear web represents only a small portion of the […]

Pierluigi Paganini May 24, 2012
What is the Deep Web? A first trip into the abyss

  The Deep Web (or Invisible web) is the set of information resources on the World Wide Web not reported by normal search engines. According several researches the principal search engines index only a small portion of the overall web content, the remaining part is unknown to the majority of web users. What do you […]

Pierluigi Paganini April 29, 2012
Google used as cyber weapon. New attack method found

True, sometimes the big discoveries are the daughters of the case. That’s what happened to Panos Ipeirotis, a researcher of the New York University, he has discovered a new technique of attack on his Amazon web service using Google Spreadsheets. The methods of attack is a DDoS type and the researcher has named it as Denial of […]

Pierluigi Paganini February 10, 2012
Anonymous, it could become a cyber weapon

The group of hacktivist known as Anonymous is considered as the uncontrollable variable in the cyber space capable of surprising us with striking operations worthy of the most skilled cyber army. Precisely this is the point, are we sure that the group’s operations are so difficult to control or predict? Are we able to mitigate the risks of exposure? […]

Pierluigi Paganini January 03, 2012
The strategic importance of censorship in search engines

Every day, billions of people making an unimaginable number of searches through search engines. Complex algorithms seek to recover in the shortest possible time and with greater sorrowfulness the requested information. We may venture that a good 80% of Internet users interact with the web through these powerful applications. But the engines are much more, […]