Saturday, November 8, 2014

Raid in Tor and more good news

The news has spread like wildfire in the last 48 hours: An FBI agent infiltrated the staff of one of the most famous markets selling drugs, guns, pornography and other illegal goods in the Tor network. Such boldness shows the high level reached by the US security forces in the network, able to get into the mouth of the wolf to stop arresting him. Today, perhaps because it’s Saturday, we only see good news on the environment: cops catching the bad guys, a powerful Spanish hacker community and airlines companies, finally securizing their communications. Come on.

Security experts are still with open mouth: an FBI agent was able to gain the confidence of the 26 year old Blake Benthall, current owner of Silk Road, the most famous black market in the Tor network. Benthall and his team managed a site with 150,000 users and profits of $ 8 million per month, according to the FBI. The agent collected enough information that in the past 48 hours have arrested 17 people and closed various Tor markets, including Silk Road but also Pandora, Blue Sky, Hyrda, Executive Outcomes, Fake ID and Cloud Nine. Wow!

Another community of people that have their mouth open are Spanish security experts and hackers, given the success of an initiative born in Cordoba, which’s extending throughout Spain like wildfire: Hack & Beers meetings, where as the name says are talks about hacking and the party ends with a beer in hand. The formula has been very well received, and is now regularly held in Cordoba, Madrid and Lleida, but soon Valencia, Sevilla, Huesca and Barcelona will join. Would you drop by? Recommended.

We remain in Spain because there’s an event that will give much, much talk: Cybercamp, organized by the National Institute for Cyber Security (INCIBE). Although the event itself will be held on 5, 6 and 7 December in Madrid, it has begun testing where participants can resolve security challenges. From today until November 17 the first phase of these tests will be celebrated. Very interesting.

Just another good news: in recent months they have released several failures in aircraft communication systems that would allow an attacker from the ground, armed with a mobile phone, to take control of the plane. We now know that Boeing is introducing cryptography in their communication systems. Currently, only into the equipment they manufacture airplanes, to prevent industrial espionage, but it’s a good start: hopefully soon they would also add encryption to flying aircrafts and we all would feel safer.

This was all on a Saturday where we’ve managed to bring you the least sad news that has been possible. ¡Enjoy the sun, winter is coming!


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