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Beware of scams on “The Hidden Wiki”

25 March, 2014 at 9:41 pm by anonymous!

It is clear that “The Hidden Wiki” tor website is now used to promote scams.

One reader writes:

I warn you also about the Real Cards Team. Ive lost 120 bucks.

Be careful out there!


Utopia market place closed after 7 days, Silk Road 2.0 steals everyone’s BTC – again

13 February, 2014 at 9:09 pm by anonymous!

Black Market Reloaded and the guys who ran it came back with a brand new marketplace about a week ago. This new marketplace, named “Utopia”, was busted by the police yesterday.

Today the operators of the Silk Road 2.0 “marketplace” announced that they were “hacked”.

Their story is this:

Our initial investigations indicate that a vendor exploited a recently discovered vulnerability in the Bitcoin protocol known as “transaction malleability” to repeatedly withdraw coins from our system until it was completely empty.

This story may sound plausible if you have no clue what “transaction malleability” means.

The formerly relevant joke of an exchange MtGox recently stopped processing BTC withdraws due to their buggy PHP implemented Bitcoin daemon and they released a press release saying “transaction malleability” was the reason (reality is that this was used to exploit other bugs in their software – not the underlying problem). The MtGox press release has made the term commonly known and this was probably why the Silk Road 2.0 team decided that this would be a good excuse when they outright stole everyone’s Bitcoin for the second time. Yep, it’s actually not the first time they’ve done this.

“oops, tx malleability, we have no more coins, g2g”

In short: It’s clear from the SR2 statement that it’s a half-baked lie and that the operators of SR2 outright stole all the BTC locked up there. And it’s no coincidence that they did this the day after their main competitor was busted by the Dutch police.

 



Tor Market Place gone – along with everyone’s BTC

1 January, 2014 at 3:30 pm by anonymous!
gone

The “Tor Market Place” scam has now come to it’s expected conclusion – the owners (finally) shut it down and ran away with everyone’s Bitcoin’s.

Was it really that hard to see this coming?

It is usually sad to see people get their money stolen.. but in this case: All you stupid idiots who used the “Tor Market Place” got exactly what you deserved – and it’s not like wedid  not warn you beforehand.


The Black Markeds are Up And Alive

14 December, 2013 at 9:18 pm by anonymous!
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The shutdown of Silk Road by law enforcement, the controlled shutdown of Black Market Reloaded and the Sheep Market Place scam has left many wondering what options are left for those who want to purchase products who are forbidden by fascist western government.

There seems to be two safe and working options at the moment:

These are not the only market places that are up and running right now, they are just the ones who seem fairly safe. “Fairly” is a word you should note here. It is a common tactic for law enforcement to close something down and then setup something similar as a honeypot afterwards. We have no idea if this is the case with Silk Road 2.0 or not. It’s probably safe to use, but who knows. What we do know is that the “Tor Market Place” is 99% likely a scam site setup by the same people who were behind the Sheep Market Place scam (Sheep was not “hacked”, that’s just their story, it was the people who ran the site who stole all the vendors money).

Good luck and stay safe!


Tails 0.22 released

11 December, 2013 at 7:01 pm by anonymous!

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CHANGELOG

tails (0.22) unstable; urgency=medium

[Tails developers]
* Security fixes
– Upgrade to Iceweasel 24.2.0esr that fixes a few serious security issues.
– Stop migrating persistence configuration and access rights. Instead,
disable all persistence configuration files if the mountpoint has wrong
access rights (Closes: #6413).
– Upgrade to NSS 3.15.3 that fixes a few serious security issues affecting
the browser, such as CVE-2013-1741, CVE-2013-5605 and CVE-2013-5606.

* Major improvements
– Switch to Iceweasel 24 (Closes: #6370).
· Resync’ (most) Iceweasel prefs with TBB 3.0-beta-1 and get rid
of many obsolete or default settings.
· Disable WebRTC (Closes: #6468).
· Import TorBrowser profile at commit
51bf06502c46ee6c1f587459e8370aef11a3422d from the tor-browser-24.2.0esr-1
branch at https://git.torproject.org/tor-browser.git.
– Switch to Torbutton 1.6.5 (Closes: #6371).
· Prevent Torbutton from asking users to “upgrade TBB”.
· Use the same Tor SOCKS port as the TBB (9151) for our web browser.
This should be enough to avoid being affected by Tor#8511.
· Disable Torbutton 1.6′s check for Tor.
Unfortunately, the new check.torproject.org breaks the remote Tor
check. We cannot use the local Tor check with the control port. So,
the shortest and sanest path to fixing the check issue, because the
remote Tor check is broken” seems to simply disable this check.
Patch submitted upstream as Tor#10216.
– Prepare incremental upgrades to be the next default way to upgrade Tails,
on point-releases at least.

* Bugfixes
– Deny X authentication only after Vidalia exits (Closes: #6389).
– Disable DPMS screen blanking (Closes: #5617).
– Fix checking of the persistent volume’s ACL.
– Sanitize more IP and MAC addresses in bug reports (Closes: #6391).
– Do not fail USB upgrade when the “tmp” directory exists on the
destination device.
– Tails Installer: list devices with isohybrid Tails installed
(Closes: #6462).

* Minor improvements
– Create a configuration file for additional software if needed
(Closes: #6436).
– Translations all over the place.
– Enable favicons in Iceweasel.
– Do not propose to make permanent NoScript exceptions.
In Tails, every such thing is temporary, so better only display the menu
entry that’s about temporarily allowing something.
– Clearer warning when deleting persistent volume (thanks to Andres Gomez
Ramirez for the patch).
– Make wording in Tails Installer more consistent.

[ WinterFairy ]
* Use IBus instead of SCIM (Closes: #6206).
It makes it possible to input passwords in pinentry for at least Japanese,
Chinese and Korean languages.
* Add an import-translation script.
This automates the importation process of completed translations
from Transifex.
* Always list optimal keyboard layout in the greeter (Closes: #5741).
* Fix on-the-fly translation of the greeter in various languages
(Closes: #5469).

[ Kytv]
* Update I2P to 0.9.8.1 (Closes: #6080, #5889).
* Improve I2P configuration:
– Disable IPv6 support in a nicer way.
– Disable i2cp (allows java clients to communicate from outside the JVM). If
this is unset an exception for port 7654 would need to be added to ferm.
– Disable “in-network” updates (this is also done in the regular I2P
packages).
– Disable the outproxies. Access to the Internet is already routed through
Tor so these are unnecessary. If end-users have a good reason to go
through one of the I2P outproxies they can turn them back on.
* Add a couple of default I2P IRC channels to Pidgin.
* Allow access to the local ‘eepsite’ through FoxyProxy.
* Add firewall exceptions for the standard I2P ports.

— Tails developers Sat, 30 Nov 2013 16:47:18 +0100

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Home:

https://tails.boum.org/

V.0.22 News:

https://tails.boum.org/news/version_0.22/index.en.html

Download:

https://tails.boum.org/download/index.en.html

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Numerous security holes in Tails 0.21

https://tails.boum.org/security/Numerous_security_holes_in_0.21/index.en.html

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Latest release

http://dl.amnesia.boum.org/tails/stable/tails-i386-0.22/tails-i386-0.22.iso

Cryptographic signature

https://tails.boum.org/torrents/files/tails-i386-0.22.iso.sig

If you’re not sure what the cryptographic signature is, please read the part on verifying the ISO image.

https://tails.boum.org/download/index.en.html#verify

BitTorrent download

https://tails.boum.org/torrents/files/tails-i386-0.22.torrent

Cryptographic signature

The cryptographic signature of the ISO image is also included in the Torrent.

Additionally, you can verify the signature of the Torrent file itself before downloading it.

https://tails.boum.org/torrents/files/tails-i386-0.22.torrent.sig

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https://tails.boum.org/tails-signing.key


Sheep Marketplace was a scam, Ripped off Users and Vendors, Made off with a minimum of 96000 BTC

2 December, 2013 at 12:49 pm by anonymous!

This is probably the biggest story this year. The owner(s) of Sheep Market Place claimed they were closing withdraws temporarily so that they could implement a thumbler. Vendors believed this and  kept on selling even though they could not withdraw. Some understood, most did not.

Sheep Market Place, as many warned the last few weeks, turned out to be a scam. The site is now closed down. The owner is currently trying to wash his ill-gotten gains.

Sheep Market Place claimed that they were “robbed” before they closed their site down. We all saw the start moving coins out a full week prior to this “announcement”.

THIS IS PROBABLY THE BIGGEST ROBBERY / HEIST IN HISTORY!

http://www.reddit.com/r/SheepMarketplace/ seems to be the best source of information regarding this developing story.

http://www.sheepmarketscam.com/ has a nice overview. Notice how this site warned that Sheep would turn out to be a scam weeks before they closed.


Black Market Reloaded closed, BTC is being returned

18 October, 2013 at 12:37 am by anonymous!

The black marketplace “Black Market Reloaded” is now closed after the index.php used at that site was leaked. It appears that someone visited the site and got the plain index.php source instead of the executed version. The site operator decided to close the site as a safety measure and has promised that it will be back in a new improved version in a months time.

All users with BTC in their BMR accounts are able to get them out. Coins in escrow will be dealt with later.

More information is available in this forum thread: http://fec33nz6mhzd54zj.onion/viewtopic.php?id=9394


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