An Interview With Darkside, Russia’s Favorite Dark Web Drug Lord

Among the handful of black markets that have survived law enforcement’s recent crackdown on the Dark Web, the drug selling site RAMP is different: First, it’s written in the Russian language, and caters to only Russian clientele. Second, it’s the longest-surviving crypto market out there….


Google Blacklists Some WordPress Sites: ‘SoakSoak’ Malware Compromises 100,000 WordPress Websites

News broke throughout the WordPress community earlier Sunday morning when Google blacklisted over 11,000 domains due to the latest malware campaign, that has been brought about by, thus being dubbed the ‘SoakSoak Malware’ epidemic.

There are more than 70 million websites on the Internet currently running WordPress, so this malware campaign could be a great threat to those running their websites on WordPress….


2015 predictions: Cyber attacks aimed at critical infrastructure

2015 will be the year when attacks on critical infrastructure become mainstream. “We predict cyber inflicted power outages and irregularities in assembly operations at large manufacturing facilities will result from attacks on SCADA and ICS systems,” they say.

When it comes to threats from nation states, Russia will continue to use cyber-attacks as a political retaliation tool, and China will continue with cyber espionage aimed against the US, Japan, APAC countries and human rights activists. A new big player in this arena will be Pakistan, which “will expand its activities, mostly against India….


Worried about Russian hackers? Take these personal-data precautions

Hackers have struck again.

This time, a Russian hacking ring has allegedly stolen more than a billion online user names and passwords, including more than 500 million email addresses. They are believed to be selling the data to third parties on the black market, who use the information to spam Internet users.

It’s unclear which websites the Russian hackers hit, but with so much stolen data, there’s a chance you have been affected….


Experts: Russian hackers targeting military secrets

The Russian government is likely behind an elite team of hackers targeting European security organizations and U.S. defense contractors, according to a tech firm.

The Russian group, unlike Chinese-backed hackers, isn’t lifting intellectual property or stealing financial data. It’s solely collecting military and security secrets — intelligence that would only be useful to a government….


Chinese Cyber Attack Could Shut Down U.S. Electric Power Grid

Welcome to the increasingly dangerous world of cyber-warfare. The latest nightmare; a western intelligence agency of unknown origin (according to the Financial Times of London) is infecting the internet service providers and sovereign telecoms operations of Russia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Mexico and Ireland. To what end is not known, though the cyber security company Symantec calls the malware extremely sophisticated.

Then, there are the criminal elements, who have been hacking into the credit card details of JP Morgan Chase (76 million customers’ names), and retailers like Home Depot, Target and EBay. Or the attempts going on by neer-do-well nations to break down the control of energy plants and factories, at times by criminal elements….


Cybersecurity was missing in action on Election Day

In the run-up to the recent election, there were many discussions of issues like the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), immigration, the Ebola virus and the Keystone XL pipeline, just to name a few. The one area missing from the pre-election dialogue: a serious discussion about cybersecurity.

Perhaps this was because discussions on cybersecurity can quickly turn into arcane discussions of technical and policy minutiae, and candidates are incessantly advised by their handlers not to provide detailed positions on anything — to eschew the minutae in favor of the time-tested political platitude. The bumper sticker slogan always beats the well-reasoned complex argument in American politics.

But the year was full of headlines detailing the latest cyber crimes. We still remember….


How Russian Website Is Spying on Thousands of Private Moments

A baby is seen sleeping in a crib in Orange, California. A woman is watched as she sits at her kitchen table reading the newspaper in Burlington, New Jersey. An office in Plano, Texas, is shown just as the work day begins.

They’re all scenes from the 4,591 webcams in the United States that are being broadcast on a Russian website. The cameras haven’t been hacked. They’re simply unsecured, making them easy targets for the Moscow-based website ….


Russian spy threat to troops’ phones and computers

British troops on military exercise in Poland have been ordered not to take mobile phones or computers amid fears they will be targeted by Russian cyber spies.

Troops have been warned of a “very clear and evident counter-intelligence threat” while they take part in Exercise Black Eagle in south western Poland this month. An armoured battle group of more than 1,300 troops, Challenger tanks and Warrior fighting vehicles is taking part Britain’s biggest Eastern European manoeuvres since 2008.

The exercise is designed to reassure Britain’s Nato allies in the region that they will be backed against aggression from Moscow in the wake of Ukraine crisis and annexation of Crimea.

Britain’s security services and military intelligence experts have decided troops’ laptops, smartphones and electronic devices could be targets for Russian intelligence agencies, or state-sponsored criminal….