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February 2014 Vol. 16 / No. 1

Tor networks: Stop employees from touring the deep Web

Interest in the deep Web exploded in 2013 as international headlines broadcast the unexpected reach of National Security Agency's mass surveillance programs, and the made-for-Hollywood story unfolded of the Silk Road website and arrest of its alleged proprietor, "Dread Pirate Roberts." A marketplace for computer hacking and illegal drugs, among other goods and contraband, Silk Road used a Bitcoin-based payment system and "tumbler," which made the identities of the people involved in transactions hard to trace. According to a U.S. criminal complaint, the FBI was not able to defeat the anonymity afforded Silk Road by the onion router (Tor) networks and its decentralized, peer-to-peer Bitcoin payment system, two technologies that underpin much of the deep Web. How can you see Tor traffic or Bitcoin mining over a network? Both applications use SSL connections over Web ports but can be adjusted to use any port. Silk Road's alleged proprietor Ross Ulbricht was publicly unmasked because of a simple mistake. In January 2011, a user who ...

Features in this issue

  • Beyond the Page: Cyberthreats

    by  Johannes B. Ullrich

    This February 2014 Information Security magazine supplement takes a deeper look into cyberthreats and examines advanced threat techniques including watering hole attacks and sophisticated spear phishing.

  • Cyberthreats: Know thy enemy in 2014

    by  Johannes B. Ullrich

    There's no place to hide as new cyberthreats and tried-and-true hacking techniques test security teams.

  • The changing face of advanced malware detection

    by  David Strom

    It's a new year of advanced threats, malicious code and holes to plug, but security teams are fighting back with help from global services.

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