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The 3 types of single-payer ‘concern trolls’

With momentum building for single-payer health care among Democratic voters and a growing number of 2020 hopefuls, Sen. Bernie Sanders unveiled a “Medicare for All” bill last week. Immediately, a number of pundits denounced the legislation as an “unrealistic” “bloated” “disaster” full of “magic math.” Some of the naysayers are conservatives who simply abhor “big [...]

Referex platform on the blockchain

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This decentralized governance model places individuals, industry, non-commercial interests and government on an equal level. Unlike more traditional, top-down governance models, where governments make policy decisions, the multistakeholder approach used by Referex allows for community-based consensus-driven policy-making. The main idea is to ensure compliance with all conditions: without borders and open to all.

Referex provides convenient instrument to manage and deliver cargo using different transports from ferry to cars. Platform is based on a microservice architecture. Some services can be provided by 3rd parties. There are following modules that exist in the system:
• Web Services & Frontend
• Delivery Analysis Service
• Document Management Service
• Delivery Tracking Service
• Blockchain
There are such entities that exist in the system as Carrier, Cargo owner, Customs, Insurance and other. Service provides user identity mechanism where third parties are involved. Referex is a trusted platform which verifies incoming user’s information, signs and transmits to the Oracle. Oracle is a legal entity that checks and signs the private data. When checks are done Referex publishes data hash and signatures to the public Blockchain .

By now it should be no surprise that every market from finance to real-estate is being disrupted by blockchain technology. Technologies such as Ethereum provide a completely autonomous and secure method of implementing transactions ranging from financial contracts to property investments. One such market that has remained untouched by this movement is affiliate marketing.

What is Referex?

Affiliate networking and referrals are a billion dollar market with several companies signing up millions of publishers and advertisers.

The facilitation of payments and tracking is a big operation which involves a great amount of trust.

The platform hosts referral programs and facilitates the discovery, tracking and payout of referrals. In essence removing the majority of the friction.


All referrals happen on the blockchain. Info is accessible on the blockchain at anytime and anywhere.


Smart contracts enforce authenticity between the advertiser and publisher. There is no need for trust between parties.


Not controlled by any third party. Advertisers and publishers can collaborate in confidence. No risk of failure.

Referex Platform

Referral programs can be created using the platform. These programs are stored in a decentralised manner on the blockchain.

Advertisers are bound by the smart contract to payout when referrals are registered.

Anyone is able to access the referex platform and join referral programs.

Successful referrals automatically fulfill the contract and payout the reward amount.

Token Sale

The token sale is run entirely autonomously using the smart contracts.

Period 1: Free tokens & Presale

This period is conducted between 26 September — 27 September.

To contribute in this period you must have joined our Slack or Telegram channel by 25 September.

Free Tokens

We would like the distribution to be as wide as possible hence we are issuing free tokens to interested parties.

  • A maximum of 10M REFX tokens in total will be issued for free.
  • The number of free tokens claimable is defined as: Free token cap (10M) / number of contributors.
  • Your contribution may be absolute 0 however a very small amount of ETH will be needed when claiming the tokens for the network transaction fee.


In this period, you are also able to contribute early and receive a discounted rate in addition to the free tokens.

  • A maximum of 30M REFX tokens will be issued.
  • The rate will be 30,000 per 1 ETH contributed.
  • Free tokens will be included in the same transaction.

Referral Program

To validate the blockchain application of referrals, the crowdsale is also setup as a Referex referral program using the Referex platform.

During this period, contributors may refer others. To register the referral, the new contributor must use the Referex DAPP to send their contribution while including the address of the referer.

  • This period will remain open until all tokens are allocated.
  • The referer must have a balance of REFX tokens.

Token Distribution

  • 160M Tokens available via the crowdsale.
  • 20M Tokens held by the Referex team.
  • 20M Tokens are reserved for future programs.

Terms and Conditions

  • You must not be a citizen of the United States, Singapore or China.
  • Only Ethereum is accepted as part of this ICO. We are not liable for any other crypto currency sent to the crowdsale address.
  • The minimum accepted investment is 0.01 ETH.
  • Always send funds using an ethereum wallet which you own the private key for. MyEtherWallet and Metamask are recommended.
  • Do not send funds from an exchange account. You will be unable to use tokens issued to exchange wallets.


FX Trading Systems — Software Engineer

Sam brings to the table a vast and diverse skill set acquired from his time at one of the top investment banks where he is instrumental to the delivery of the tech behind the FX business. Avid crypto investor and blockchain developer.


Internet Economy — Software Engineer

Mo is solving tech problems at Scotland’s most promising tech company. Working in Growth teams has given him a deep understanding of the marketing landscape. A full stack engineer with passions around blockchain technology.

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Republican Governors Have Created a Fake News Site Masquerading as a Legitimate Publication

Never underestimate Republicans’ willingness to pull out a shovel when it seems they’ve hit rock bottom. For proof one need look no further than the Free Telegraph, a website purposely constructed to look like a news publication that’s actually a hyperpartisan bit of propaganda launched by the Republican Governors Association. The Associated Press reports the [...]

Bitcoin’s Rally After the Infamous Hard Fork Simplified

For the sake of simplicity, let us assume the Bitcoin Network as a large and publicly accessible logbook where both the giver and the receiver can write down and sign the the details of their transaction by paying a small fee which is then verified by a third party (through mining), one page (1MB Block) at a time (mined Blocks).

But as the network expands and more and more people want to write down their transactions, meaning people have to wait longer for new pages or pay higher fees to prioritise their writing in the book.

Now this becomes an issue which has to be resolved else it might end up being a burden for both the users as well as the teller who verifies them – the Miners. This can be resolved in two ways.

First solution is removing unnecessary transactional data from the entries, thereby making space for more number of entries to be written in each page without increasing the size of the page, which technically is Segwit aka BIP 141 through UASF (User Activated Soft Fork) where select data related to the signatures are removed from Bitcoin transaction entries thereby resulting in additional transaction capability per block. This in turn can help in scaling the network without increasing block size and can result in faster confirmation times.

The other alternative is to make a new logbook with all the old transactions plus increased page size (8 MB Blocks), hence solving the issue. This is the network split that resulted on August 1st, resulting in our little brother BCH (Bitcoin Cash) via UAHF (User Activated Hard Fork) by making a clone of the existing ledger (not a fork) and users holding BTC before August 1st were given an equal amount of BCH.

The fork was carried out by a sector of Bitcoin community who were not satisfied with the existing Segwit proposal. Now not everyone will want to use the New Book (BCH), some might still want to stick with the upgraded old book (BTC post Segwit) and vice versa.

This move has supposedly ended the ongoing scaling debate which was going on for years, and split the Bitcoin community into two camps. Now that BCH has the required block space they needed, they must work on on-chain scaling and bring up the adoption rate.

Post Segwit implementation BCH price saw a steep rise and Bitcoin traded sideways for many days. During this period BCH also became more profitable to mine than Bitcoin. BCH price kept going up reaching its peak just below $900. But once Bitcoin picked up momentum it soared to an all time high of $5000.

Since then price of both Bitcoin and Bitcoin cash have settled down. At the time of writing Bitcoin Cash is trading at $489 and Bitcoin can be bought for $3933 a piece, according to the CoinMarketCap Index. It is worth noting that proposed Segwit2x allowing 2MB blocks and is expected around the end of November, but it is still uncertain over how certain stakeholders might react to another fork.

The real scalability issue, assuming Bitcoin were to become mainstream currency, for a population of say 7 billion people doing 2 blockchain transactions per day, results in the block size of 24GB ~ 1.27PetaBytes/year resulting in centralised mining which falls dead against the whole idea of a decentralised network.

This can possibly be resolved by the use of lightning network which proposes using an additional network micropayment channels topped with HTLc (Hashed Timelock Contracts) to enable billions of transactions per day. Current limit is 225 million transactions per year. It also solves the issue of micropayments and instant transactions.

The path ahead for Bitcoin is dark and bumpy indeed. Extending on what Vinny Lingham says, Bitcoin might just have to “die” a few times in order to live forever.

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India Wants to Issue Bitcoin-Like Cryptocurrency backed by Central Bank

According to Sunday’s report of Business Standard, the Indian government is considering the official launch of its own cryptocurrency based on blockchain technology similar to bitcoin. The proposed cryptocurrency is to be issued and backed by Indian central bank. A committee of government officials has reportedly discussed the project of state-based cryptocurrency and found the idea of running a blockchain for financial services useful:

“The proposal was discussed by a committee of government officials…Whenever the decision is taken, the cryptocurrency will fall in the domain of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and some Acts such as the Currency Act might have to be amended. Hence, this will be a time-consuming process.”

Although Indian government officials support the idea of running blockchain technologies, they are still not comfortable with Bitcoin, considering it unreliable. So, the main idea of the proposal is setting up a new government-issued cryptocurrency as an alternative to Indian rupee. The new currency will be named “Lakshmi” after the Hindu goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity.

As Sudarshan Sen, the Executive Director of the Reserve Bank of India stated in his speech:

“Right now, we have a group of people who are looking at fiat cryptocurrencies. Something that is an alternative to the Indian rupee, so to speak. We are looking at that closely.”

The Indian government is also working on designing a legal framework for bitcoin and other digital currencies. As Money Control has recently reported last week, “the government is going to prepare a framework for bitcoin soon.” The investigation of bitcoin has started by a governmentally accepted committee in April 2017. As a result the committee advised strict monitoring of cryptocurrencies as no immediate restriction is possible, but the government is still not ready to promote non-fiat money.

Earlier this year the Reserve Bank of India issued a warning to all Indian bitcoin holders about the risk relating to Bitcoin transactions. A bit later Indian authorities were about to apply Know Your Customers (KYC) norms to make the transactions safer. However, that idea didn’t succeed as it would lead to legitimizing bitcoins in the country.

Although the Indian government is in search of putting bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies under control, a total ban remains highly unlikely. According to the words of Arun Jaitley, Indian finance minister and the country’s foremost financial official, the last few years have demonstrated a significant growth of India’s bitcoin market, which made investors curious on where and how to invest in bitcoin in India. The most popular bitcoin exchanges in India are Zebpay, Unocoin, Bitxoxo and Coinbase.

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Bitcoin – The Millennial Retirement Nest Egg

With a surge in the popularity of cryptocurrencies among the youth, many are now investing in Bitcoin with a view to saving for retirement. This shift away from traditional retirement is well illustrated by the success of a company called Bitcoin IRA, which allows investors to buy Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies using their IRA or 401(k) accounts.

Bitcoin Over Banks

What was once a vision is not now far away from being a reality. The world looks set to embrace a future of a cashless society thanks to the stunning impact of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies. While mainstream celebrities like Floyd Mayweather and Paris Hilton are now lapping it up, there remains a small yet hugely loyal cryptocurrency community – one that has seen the revolutionary power of Bitcoin and the like.

Most of these users are from the young generation that is disillusioned with the legacy social and financial institutions that have frankly betrayed them, be it the church, the government, or banks. Student loans leave them in a never-ending spiral of debt, and the tanking economy leaves them jobless. Add a culture of heavy spending owing to the rise of consumerism to the mix, and you have a recipe for disaster.

It would make sense, therefore, that saving for retirement has become a thing of the past for many millennials. The loss of faith in oppressive status quo systems has further been confounded by ever-rising inflation which renders fiat currency useless, as is the case in Venezuela. Cryptocurrencies, specially Bitcoin, have benefited from this due to their decentralized nature which eliminates a lot of the problems associated with state backed fiat currency.

Millennials To HODL?

Early adopters of Bitcoin have made a killing and there is an ever-increasing realization within the Bitcoin community that they are sitting on a gold mine. Those who mined or backed it in its nascent years are now bonafide millionaires, acquiring riches that will last a lifetime. With Bitcoin gaining adoption and momentum in several countries and getting embraced by Wall Street by the number, millennials are looking at it the way their predecessors one looked at gold.

A lot of young techies are living solely off of cryptocurrencies and shunning banks altogether. What is interesting now is that millennials are turning to Bitcoin to plan for life after retirement.

Roshaan Khan, a 20-year-old senior at Virginia Commonwealth University who made a 40% return on his cryptocurrency investments, told Forbes:

All of my net worth is in cryptocurrencies because I see them as the best way to escalate my ability to be financially secure and pay off my student loans. I like the idea of decentralization, the fact that there’s a lot less corruption and political ties. That idea appeals to me … Not having to go through banks. Having financial control over our lives again. Maybe it’s because I’m just getting my feet wet, but it excites me more than anything else.

Khan is not the only one; people from various backgrounds and fields are putting all of their eggs in their crypto-basket. A 24-year-old musician from Norway might not have much in common with a tech-worker in Silicon Valley, but there are plenty such young people around the world who are connected by their crypto-destiny: pulling off the incredible act of investing and living solely off cryptocurrencies. By treating them as a small part of a diversified portfolio, cryptocurrencies can fill the high risk, high return segment.

Like any investment, there always is that chance that it might crash completely, but there is also the chance that it takes the world by storm and keep growing exponentially. For young people, the risk of failure is low because they have plenty of years to make up for it. With a glass half full outlook on life, taking a chance on Bitcoin has the potential to completely change one’s life.

Bitcoin IRA

While there are many skeptics who refuse to advocate Bitcoin as a long-term investment tool, most recently JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon, it hasn’t deterred tech entrepreneurs from collaborating with their financial counterparts to launch crypto-focused investment tools. First movers always have a higher chance of sustainable success and it is no wonder that cryptofunds – think mutual funds for cryptocurrencies with big market caps – are making waves by combining the new and old guards of the financial world.

With the retirement strategies of millennials changing, companies are having to rely on technology to attract younger investors. One such company, Bitcoin IRA, allows users to invest in Bitcoin and Ethereum using their IRA or 401(k) accounts. Users can also invest in an IRA or a Roth IRA with Bitcoin just like any traditional IRA.

It seems that the people have spoken: Bitcoin has taken its first baby steps towards replacing fiat currency for long-term saving purposes.

What do you think about using Bitcoin as a retirement investment tool? Do you think it is better to treat it as a long-term investment asset or as liquid currency? Would you invest in a cryptofund or Bitcoin IRA in lieu of fiat currency? Let us know in the comments below.

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Cryptocurrency’s Future May be Now

Generally speaking, the greatest obstacle to the full acceptance of cryptocurrencies has been its relative lack of intuitive accessibility for the general public – the concept may seem “geeky” and obscure to some. Others believe that blockchain and cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are mostly used to fund shady if not downright criminal operations (and some of that may, sadly, be true) –blockchain anonymity conveniently lends itself to unsavory uses. However, like any versatile and truly powerful tool, its primary purpose is to support vibrant economies and bring to life amazing innovations.

For cryptocurrencies to move into the mainstream, they have to become much more stable than they have been historically. Another factor is the need for greater public awareness of what real value they offer to their users. They also need to address the shady practices that some users engage in. And some of this is becoming a reality much faster than one might’ve expected. San Francisco, home to some of the world’s most revolutionary innovations, may be introducing something extraordinary soon: The Port of San Francisco, following suite of many other international ports and logistical hubs, is contemplating the use of cryptocurrencies in its payment systems because it realizes the immense technology potential. The move is a brainchild of the software entrepreneur Marcus Andrade, who met with the port’s management earlier this month to discuss the potential cooperation.

Andrade is the founder of AML Bitcoin, the first and so far the only coin which, because of its unprecedented and visionary design, fully complies with anti-money laundering, anti-terrorism and counter-terrorism financing laws, bank secrecy laws, know-your-customer laws, and anti-financial crimes laws both in the United States and abroad. AML Bitcoin is overseen by the NAC Foundation, LLC, a company founded by Marcus Andrade in 2014 to develop Bitcoin-based identity-verified protocol capable of supporting anti-money laundering, anti-terrorism and thief-resistance.

NAC Foundation’s mission is “to strengthen the social sector by advancing knowledge about the use of regulated digital currencies and blockchain technology in the U.S. and around the globe, […] and to facilitate and contribute to the economic development through the positive experiences and opportunities generated through online commerce.”

NAC Foundation strives “to create an environment that inspires trust, credibility and confidence among organizations, financial institutions, individuals, partners and stakeholders in order to be recognized as the pre-eminent Digital Currency in the world.” After just two years of its operations, through its determined efforts, the company achieved the status of a Platinum Service Member of the American Bank Association.

Marcus is currently negotiating with the port administration on the various ways the port could utilize cryptocurrency as a means of payment, and how to exclude the potential abuse and criminality sometimes attached to the industry. What he proposes is a system in which AML stands for Anti-Money Laundering, and which is based on the standards followed by the American banking industry fixed in The Patriot Act and designed to prevent terrorists and other criminals from abusing the global financial system to fund their operations.

“Cryptocurrencies have an incredible economic and social potential that was unfathomable just mere 15 years ago,” says Andrade. “With Internet bringing endless opportunities to the farthest corners of the planet, cryptocurrencies now give everyone the chance to benefit from the global economy. AML-compliant cryptocurrencies can enter the mainstream commerce and operate right alongside legacy payment options, making the global marketplace a much more safe and secure environment.”

AML Bitcoin public launch will take place on Oct. 1, 2017. Because of its unparalleled features, the currency has attracted significant attention from the government who sees it as very different from other currently available cryptocurrencies. Considering the way new payment method revolutionizes the cryptocurrency technology it seems likely that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security might be interested in examining its utilization in its operations.

The port’s commissioner Leslie Katz, who is a well-known San Francisco attorney, recently said, “San Francisco is a very tech-oriented, forward-thinking city, and as the port administration we are keen to locate new opportunities to effectively apply cutting-edge technologies. We will be evaluating new AML-compliant cryptocurrencies and see if they would offer any benefit to the Port and its customers.” The powerful technology behind AML Bitcoin, and its rigorous compliance features make it a supreme candidate for the adoption in many industries all over the world.

One of the port administration’s duties is to ensure the security and prevent criminal activities. The anonymous nature of cryptocurrencies – particularly their lack of banking security protocols – is generally a cause for hesitation to adopt them. Andrade’s anti-money laundering technology may help overcome the reluctance.

If AML Bitcoin becomes one of the payment methods at the Port of San Francisco, it would greatly advance the general acceptance of cryptocurrencies. Along with the rest of the Pacific Coast US ports, San Francisco port’s job is to protect the western United States from terrorism. International ports receive ships from anywhere in the world, and some of them may carry suspicious cargo, so vigilance must always be exercised. It seems likely that other West Coast US ports will be eager to accept AML Bitcoin. The threat of terrorist attacks is not limited to the US and is currently on the rise in many countries of the world, including the European Union. It seems reasonable to expect that once AML Bitcoin gains entrance to more and more payment systems, it will start spreading out and penetrating international banking structures

This march for greater acceptance of cryptocurrencies is proceeding at a much faster clip than could’ve been anticipated: At present, several congressmen are considering drafting laws to allow a wider use of cryptocurrencies in everyday business, provided they meet existing banking standards. Many in the industry believe this change in technology will revolutionize both the general business and the cryptocurrency worlds.

Proofing cryptocurrency against money laundering and making it comply with “know your customer” laws and other banking regulations will liable to have a huge effect on the cryptocurrencies’ role in the global markets. Some experts speculate that the blockchain technology underlying AML Bitcoin and other similar future currencies will transform the world faster and more dramatically than anything since the invention of computers.

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Trump’s 3% growth for the 1%

US President Donald Trump has boasted that his policies will produce sustained 3-4% growth for many years to come. His prediction flies in the face of the judgment of many professional forecasters, including on Wall Street and at the Federal Reserve, who expect that the US will be lucky to achieve even 2% growth. But [...]

Mnuchin The Mooch

To paraphrase Scott Fitzgerald, the super rich are different from you and me. That’s hardly an original insight but it certainly describes the latest antics of Donald Trump’s fellow grifter and Treasury Secretary, Steve Mnuchin: On Wednesday, ABC News added fuel to that fire reporting that the Treasury Secretary requested the use of an Air [...]

Syscoin Begins The Next Phase of its Evolution with Blockmarket, A Decentralized Marketplace Wallet

A hand throwing a frisbee with the Syscoin logo on it as the marketplace Blockmarket is releasedBlockchain Foundry Inc., the company behind the Syscoin cryptocurrency, has released Blockmarket Desktop v1.0, an upgraded replacement for the Syscoin QT wallet, which integrates a decentralized marketplace for buying and selling any type of product. With Blockmarket Desktop, Blockchain Foundry moves into the next phase in the evolution of its decentralized enterprise business software.

The Syscoin blockchain was generated in August 2014 and uses a SHA-256 proof-of-work algo. Blockchain Foundry Inc. was created in August of 2016 to focus on “development of low-cost, robust and privacy-focused platforms.” Blockmarket Desktop offers several other features in addition to its decentralized marketplace, including encrypted messaging, digital certificates, escrow, and multisig services. It has drag and drop image uploads, easy wallet lock/unlock, and enhanced category selection.

An identity system is also incorporated using aliases to represent buyers and sellers which will be the foundation for more advanced seller stores in the Blockmarket Web release. Aliases also make for a more simplified user experience because users will not have to reference long, complicated cryptocurrency addresses to use the Blockmarket software, they will only need to keep track of simple “human” names and nicknames. Besides Syscoin, buyers and sellers can transact with bitcoin and zcash.

“Blockmarket Desktop was built with a focus on user-centric design and usability. This desktop-based product will provide access to all of Syscoin’s services in a much more user-friendly format, while also paving the way for a host of other products that share the same foundational UI for a clean and consistent experience across the product suite.”

Blockmarket Desktop is the precedent to Blockmarket Web and Blockmarket Professional. The Blockmarket suite is seen to be a serious competitor to OpenBazaar, Brian Hoffman’s decentralized market project. Similar to OpenBazaar, Blockmarket uses TOR to anonymize buyers and sellers, but unlike OpenBazaar, Blockmarket takes privacy one step further and utilizes zcash anonymity in transactions. “The Zcash protocol was built into the Syscoin core to enable trustless anonymity as a second layer which is a massive improvement to privacy and is cutting edge technology.” The end game for Blockmarket is to become just as efficient and popular as eBay or Amazon and to recreate the eBay/Amazon experience in a decentralized environment transacting with cryptocurrencies.

Syscoin (Blockchain Foundry) is partnered with Microsoft and is offering Blockmarket as a product on Microsoft’s Azure Blockchain as a Service (BaaS) platform in addition to its three other products offered on Azure; Fully Hosted Syscoin Node, Syscoin Price Peg Server, and Syscoin API Server.

Earlier this year, in May 2017, Blockchain Foundry also created a partnership with the Hawaii State government to advise Hawaii in its initiative to begin research into cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology with the implementation of a Digital Currency Foundation. The company will counsel state leaders in the best use and practices for implementing blockchain technology into the Hawaii public and private sector, with a focus on enhancing Hawaii’s business and tourism ecosystems. This partnership came into being as a result of Hawaii House Bill 1481 which calls for state research into blockchain technology.

At the time of writing, Windows and Mac versions of Blockmarket are available, but there is no Linux version. Linux will be supported in future versions, and supported distros will include Ubuntu, Fedora, and Debian. Some background and a tutorial for installing Blockmarket Desktop can be found here.

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The Secrets Behind Monero Cryptocurrency

Most cryptocurrency prices temporarily plummeted this week after JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon called bitcoin a fraudulent bubble as rumors of regulatory crackdown circulated in China. As of Friday, bitcoins are selling for a little over $3,000 a pop, according to CoinMarketCap, which is roughly $1,500 less than last week’s price. Most experts don’t worry [...]

Ichidan is a new Network Monitor for Tor Hidden Services

TheMerkle Ichidan Darknet Search

Even though the darknet is not accessed by most internet users, there is still a lot of valuable information to be found on all of these platforms. Finding the right content can be a bit challenging, though. Thanks to new search engines such as Ichidan, that becomes slightly easier. It is not exactly the Google of the darknet, but it certainly has a lot of value to the right people.

Ichidan is a new Darknet Search Engine

Despite what most people would like to think, there are search engine-like tools for the darknet. Many people would assume people keep a list of sites they access on the darknet and just stick to those. That is not the case by any means, as there is a lot of information to be accessed through the darknet which is perfectly legitimate. Finding the right sources for this specific information is a big challenge for a lot of users, though. That is all changing thanks to the Ichidan service.

Ichidan is a new service which allows users to search Tor Onion sites. It is a bit similar to traditional search engines such as Google, although it is descended with a very different purpose in mind. After all, Google is mainly designed to collect user information and analyze behavior across different websites. Ichidan, on the other hand, aims to provide a selfless service to darknet users who are looking for a specific Tor Onion site or information. It can be a pretty useful tool for many different people.

Security researchers, for example, are quite pleased with Ichidan so far. There are a lot of things people do not know about the darknet, mainly because that information was not accessible in the first place whatsoever. Some particular sites focus on providing information about service potentially exposed to external connections and which ports are more likely to be abused for this specific purpose. Interested parties can even try to connect to such servers from that particular darknet page and brute-force their way in.

All of this demonstrates there is a lot more to the darknet than originally assumed. Most of the information we have on the darknet is the direct result of research by security experts. However, there are dozens, if not hundreds, of hidden services we know nothing about. While not all of these efforts may focus on nefarious activity these days, it is clear that cyber criminals have come up with different solutions to embed powerful services into regular Onion sites.

One particularly interesting thing that services such as Ichidan have shown, the dark web is slowly shrinking in size. That may come as a very big surprise to a lot of people, as it is not entirely the outcome people would expect to see at this point in time. However, quite a few marketplaces have been shut down. Law enforcement agencies all over the world are cracking down on Tor-based activity. According to the latest OnionScan, the dark web has shrunk by as much as 85%, which is a shocking outcome.

Services such as Ichidan will only become even more important to interested parties as the darknet continues to shrink. With the information becoming so centralized in its own way, a search engine of this magnitude will make it easier to crack down on other illegal activity. It will be interesting to see how this play out in this regard. Ichidan is not the first “tool” of this kind, though, as Shodan works in a similar manner to discover Internet-exposed services.

US sued over border searches of phones and computers

US rights groups sued the government Wednesday over the increasing use of warrantless searches of cellphones and computers of travelers, including American citizens, arriving at US borders from abroad. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation sued the Department of Homeland Security and two immigration agencies for searching the personal electronics of [...]

Crying wolf: Now for real, Bitcoin Exchange BTCCHINA will Close by 30 September!?

As a result, during this month of many official and non-official statements, and regulations by Chinese Government and regulatory agencies regarding Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies, and banning ICOs, even the latest rumor on banning Bitcoin-to-fiat exchange. China’s second largest cryptocurrency exchange BTCCHINA has announced and confirmed it is shutting down on September 30.

Also as a direct impact of above mentioned official actions of Chinese Government regarding Cryptocurrency market in China, Bitcoin continues to decline in price, as China was seen as one of the biggest market for Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies.

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ACLU sues to stop DHS’s cellphone searches at the border

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in federal court Wednesday challenging the government’s policy permitting searching cellphones of travelers entering the U.S., calling it a violation of privacy rights. The ACLU filed on behalf of 11 people who had their electronic devices searched without probable cause. In four cases, the government kept the [...]