US Charges three more in Silk Road Online black market case


US authorities have charged three more people in connection with the operation of Silk Road, the online black market for illicit goods such as drugs, illegal guns and more.

24-year-old a Virginia resident 'Andrew Michael Jones', 25-year-old Irish 'Gary Davis', 40-year-old 'Peter Phillip Nash' from Australia, were charged in a federal indictment unsealed today in New york.

The three men are charged with money laundering, conspiracy to engage in narcotics trafficking and computer hacking, according Reuters.

Jones & Davis is reportedly worked as site admin of Silk Road while Nash worked as primary moderator on their website discussion forums.

The charges followed the arrest in October of Ross Ulbricht, who is allegedly known as "Dread Pirate Roberts" and reportedly the founder of Silk Road. Ulbricht gave the employees a salary ranging from $50,000 to $75,000 a year.

Highly Unstable Virtual Currency "Bitcoins


Bitcoins are highly Unstable, the Price keeps going up to $1100 and then it crashes back one nite to $700 and again climbs to $1100, then again drops with negative news. Looks like buying has been more of speculative nature.

Is it worth mining:

Depends on what price you get the miners. Most of people who are benefitting are people who are talented to make the miners(and sell hashfast.com, BFL labs(butterfly labs).

The bulls are brilliant as they know what to do with the money they make. They rotate it, sell it on ebay/paypal or buy from one exchange and sell on other exchange which gives them more return. they resort to trading to improve the money.

There is a pump and dump scam going on, which leads them to pump it falsely and then dump.

In long run the above methods removes the trust on bitcoin and eventually the bitcoins will crash. Computer programmers/hackers/technologist should protect the bitcoin and not go greedy about it.

We evaluated some of the mining:

a. cloudhasing.com - Cloud mining for bitcoins. contracts are so costly like 1 Ths cost around $20,000 (for a one month pre-order booking). Now when we computed the amount of money you make at current exchange rate. First month you make good money like $10,000 as the difficulty increases(around 15% every month) the amount of machine you need is close to 20% every month to make the same money.

cloud providers also take management fee, contract payment fee, electricity - Cooling. So eventually you make only 50% of actual BTC which is made. So it actually takes around 5 months to recover your investment with all exchange rate, mining difficulty(maintained at 15% per month). If exchange rate for Bitcoin does not increase regularly then its not worth. After china talked about bitcoin , bitcoin has crashed with not much buyers. If there is negative news from india, US...most of bitcoin exchange rate would fall and there would be no takers.

Cloud mining companies out of greed are retaining the bitcoin (they earn from buy orders) and they will go backrupt eventually. One of the provider takes money 4 months in advance for cloud minning of BTC. by the time the contract comes its not worth.

b. Grouphashing(announced) contracts for mining litecoin. It is not worth. You spend 1Mhs - 1.2BTC for a year contract which is close to $800 in todays rate. Takes you 50 Litecoin in today exchange rate to buy. You may make 0.4 litecoin a day.

c. CEX.io is too costly and not worth the returns.

d. Miners like KNC - 3 Ths are better bet if they deliver on time after 3 months.

Bitcoin is a gambling. if Exchange rate constantly goes up, Mining difficulty increases drastic because every one wants to get into it. If exchange rate for BTC falls, mining difficulty decreases. The net money you make as investor is not really worth after all the pain.

The exchanges in india like BuysellBTC closes half the days. when you want to sell(price is high-they are shutdown) because they dont want to pay you. when its BTC rate is low, they close down because they dont want to sell you at low rate :) . So even if you make profit you wont get in hand.

More than 30 Anonymous twitter accounts suspended

Twitter has suspended more than 30 Anonymous related twitter accounts including @Anon_Central account which had more than 150k followers.

The move which is appeared to be the response to a campaign of misogynist abuse against feminist campaigners.

In a link(http://pastebin.com/NY6uGPZP) shared by the @YourAnonNews account, it claims that mentioning the twitter handles belong to Times columnist Caitlin Moran,freelance journalist Caroline Criado-Perez , campaigner Hannah Curtis, Labour MP Stella Creasy end up in account suspensions.

However, Criado-Perez denies she is nothing to do with those account suspensions and told the Guardian that "I certainly don't have the power to ban accounts, but I do report accounts that send threats and harass me".

Deep web underground marketplace "Sheep Marketplace" hacked or it is scam!

 
Sheep Marketplace, an underground anonymous marketplace selling drugs and others on the "Deep web", has shut down after large amount of bitcoins allegedly stolen from their website.

The website became popular after feds shut down the similar website "Silk Road" in october.

The site admin claimed that the 5,400 Bitcoins worth $5 million stolen by a vendor dubbed "EBOOK101" who exploited a bug in their site.  However, other reports that more than 96,000 Bitcoins worth $40 million stolen.

However, many say the Sheep market is actually a scam. There is also a website called "sheepmarketscam" that provides facts about Sheepmarket being a scam.

The market claimed to provide refund the remaining bitcoins to the users.  However, none of them is appeared to be received anything so far.

Sheep Marketplace is reportedly linking to new unknown marketplace called "TorMarket". 

CNN's Political Ticker website hacked, Fake News article posted

Hackers breached CNN's Political Ticker blog(politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com) and manged to post false news story titled "Anonymous Bitcoin operator Btc-e.com goes out of business". The fake news was posted on Friday.

The news article claimed that "the Supreme Court of California issued a ruling on winding up of Btc-e Co.".


"Under the lawsuit, the company is not a member of any professional association or self-regulating organization (SRO). " The fake article reads. "All accounts of Btc-e Co. will be seized and checked for legality for eight days."


The CNN spokesperson responded to the security breach saying hackers compromised the user's credentials for a third-party publishing platform.  CNN quickly removed the false story.  CNN didn't disclose how the hackers compromised the credentials.

Here is the screenshot of the full article:

Fake News posted by Hackers in CNN website
 

#OpTurkey: Turkish Prime Minister and government websites hacked by Hacktivists


Anonymous hacktivists and Syrian Electronic Army(SEA) carried out a serious of cyber attack against Turkish Government following the violence of the police against peaceful protesters.

Anonymous hacker with twitter handle @AnonsTurkey and SEA group has breached the official Prime Ministry website(basbakanlik.gov.tr) and compromised the data from the server.

"Turkish Gezi Resistance is one of the most noble social uprising in recent history. The Turkish people, the women, the children, the young and the old, long oppressed by the all powerful regime, are now well awake. Fear changed sides: the Turkish people are not afraid, the oppressors are. Turkish people are realizing their potential as free human beings, and unbeforeseen soul healing is happening." Anonymous said in today press release.

Anonymous is said to have compromised the email addresses, passwords and phone numbers.  However, they didn't share any data.  Meanwhile, Syrian Electronic Army attacked the same website and leaked more than 60 email addresses, passwords.

The hacktivists reportedly hacked a number of Government websites including kys.rshm.gov.tr, gatab.gov.tr and more.

Earlier today Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc apologised for the police response to initial protests.  However, Turkish protesters have rejected the government's apology and continue the protest.

Pakistan Intelligence job board website defaced by Anonymous



A security flaw in pakistanintelligence.com, a pakistani job portal gave an opportunity to Anonymous hacker to gain access to their server.

Anonymous left the about us page "www.pakistanintelligence.com/text_pages.php?id=1
" defaced with the text "hacked by anonymous "

"You b33n h4ck3d by #F**kYouSec. OHai all....time to look for a job using some other service...we haz ALL UR infoz...Y?... cuz i can...and U b33n sold out by poor security
" The message posted by the hacker.

The hackers also claimed to have leaked 2Gb of logs zipped into 24Mb file, uploaded to anonfiles website.

This is not the first time the site is being under the cyber attack. The same page was defaced in 2011. We are not sure whether the same vulnerability allowed him to gain the access.

 Update:
Cyber War News analyzed the dump and found the leak contains personal data of individuals who registered in the portal which include name, contact info, job type and more. It also includes the login credentials of admin account.

South African Police Service website breached by #Anonymous


The official website of South African Police Service has been breached by the Anonymous hacktivist with online name "DomainerAnon". 

"This action is to serve as a reminder to the government regarding the murders of 34 protesting miners outside the Marikana platinum mine by police. "Hacker stated as reason for the attack.

"To date no officers have been brought to justice... This situation will NOT be tolerated. #OpMarikanaMiners"

The hacker provided a link to the database dump(pastebay.com/1232460) that includes Usernames, hashed passwords, Telephone numbers and few other details.

He also shared a 13Mb size file named "EMAILS.csv" in the DatafileHost which is said to be contain emails.