Red Alert for Net Neutrality: Tell Congress to Save the Open Internet Order

In December, the FCC voted to end the 2015 Open Internet Order, which prevented Internet service providers (ISPs) like AT&T and Comcast from violating net neutrality principles. A simple majority vote in Congress can keep the FCC’s decision from going into effect. From now until…

Day of Action: Help California Pass a Gold Standard Net Neutrality Bill

In December of 2017, contrary to the will of millions of Americans, the FCC made the decision to abandon net neutrality protections. On the first day of business in the California state legislature, State Sen. Scott Wiener introduced a bill that would bring back those…

Girlfriend of Alphabay Vendor ‘Courvoisier’ Faces Fraud Charge

At Southwark Crown Court in December, Alphabay vendor ‘Courvoisier’ (Grant West) pleaded guilty to hacking and fraud charges related to the 2015 hack of Just Eat, a food delivery service. He admitted he had hacked the site and then sold the customer details on the…

Congress Renews FISA Section 702’s Warrantless Mass Surveillance

After passing a temporary extension in December, both the United States Senate and United States House of Representatives passed a six year reauthorization of a controversial section of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The section, Section 702, authorizes much of the warrantless global mass…

Trisis ICS malware was publicly available after attack

The malware used in an industrial control system attack in December has been found circulating publicly on the internet after being copied from an online database. The Trisis industrial control system (ICS) malware was first disclosed by FireEye’s Mandiant threat research team on Dec. 14,…

Top 5 Predictions for SMBs in 2018

Predictions for the New Year are as common as eggnog and holiday parties in December. With so many voices and opinions from bloggers, experts and others, it’s easy to become overwhelmed—especially if you are a small or medium-sized business looking for the best opportunities for…

‘This Is Not a Time for False Equivalence’

This is a lightly edited transcript of the December 29, 2017, year-end Best of CounterSpin episode. ***** MP3 Link Janine Jackson: Welcome to the Best of CounterSpin for 2017. I’m Janine Jackson. Each week, CounterSpin looks behind the headlines, asking what and who might be…

Darknet Dealers Caught for Shipping 500,000 Pills

In December, authorities arrested two California men for their participation in a massive opioid trafficking conspiracy that spanned the United States. The defendants, Andrew Tablack, a 26-year-old from Beverly Hills, California, and Stephan Durham, a 43-year-old from Altadena, California, allegedly shipped cyclopropyl fentanyl pills across…

“We stick to philosophy of minimalism” – Says Paradise market admin

On December 21, RWH, the Paradise market chief admin and programmer, kindly agreed to answer questions and shared ideas on his marketplace and the future of Russian DNM in general. Here is an interview we conducted with him: How long has Paradise been operating? RWH:…

MARK-TO-MARKET: 2018: Bitcoin: Hackers remain part of digital currencies

By now, holders of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are accustomed to their massive price swings. In December, a two-week 81 percent surge in the price of a single Bitcoin was immediately followed by a five-day decline of 36 percent. Bitcoin’s meteoric rise in price, from…