Pine-derived Chemicals are chemicals derived from pine tree.Generally, they include tall oil fatty acid (TOFA), tall oil rosin (TOR), gum turpentine (GT), gum rosin (GR) and others (sterols, pitch, CST and its derivatives).Pine-derived chemicals contain tall oil fatty acid (TOFA), tall oil rosin (TOR), gum turpentine (GT), gum rosin (GR) and others (sterols, pitch, CST and its derivatives).In 2016, it took about 30.24% of total consumption.Gum rosin (GR) and Tall Oil Rosin (TOR) separately took a revenue share of 24.64% and 26.53%.The chemicals derived from pine tree and its parts occur naturally.Thus, pine is a renewable source of chemicals that find applications across a diverse set of industries.Traditionally, these pine derived chemicals have been used in adhesives industry, construction industry and healthcare sector among the others.
There’s no shortage of ways to make yourself safe and private online, and many of our favorite Android browsers come with security features like incognito modes and tracking protection.That juggernaut has finally arrived — a stable version of Tor Browser for Android has released.For the uninformed, the Tor Project is free and open-source software that prioritizes data security and anonymous communication on the internet.Instead, connections are bounced between more than seven thousand relays, making it harder to track activity back to the source.In fact, the name Tor itself stands for “The Onion Router” — because the layers of encryption used in the program are nested like the layers of an onion.And, much like ogres, we know onions have many layers.
After a long wait, privacy-focused browser Tor is finally on Android with a stable release.Last September, the Tor project team launched an alpha version to test the waters, but according to a new blog post, the browser is finally ready for action:Mobile browsing is increasing around the world, and in some parts, it is commonly the only way people access the internet.In these same areas, there is often heavy surveillance and censorship online, so we made it a priority to reach these users.The post noted that the browser might have some features missing from the desktop version, but it already has cross-site tracking prevention mechanism and defense against fingerprinting attacks (a type of attack to sniff web traffic without breaking encryption).Tor browser – built on Firefox’s base – uses a network of servers to hide your identity from the website you’re visiting.
The Tor Browser relies on a network of servers that send network requests over multiple intermediate links to hide who you really are when you visit a website.That can be useful if you don't want to be tracked -- whether you're an activist trying to avoid government monitoring or just an ordinary person trying to stay out of the clutches of ad companies."Mobile browsing is increasing around the world, and in some parts, it is commonly the only way people access the internet," Tor said in a blog post Tuesday."In these same areas, there is often heavy surveillance and censorship online, so we made it a priority to reach these users."The software is based on Mozilla's Firefox browser, an open-source project anyone can modify.Mozilla and Tor developers have been working more closely together on their two projects in recent years.
The Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity announced this morning that Apple will receive the Creative Marketer of the Year honor at this year’s festivities in Southern France next month.Tor Myhren, vp of marketing communications for the tech giant and former creative lead at Grey, will accept the award on Friday, June 21, the final day of the event.Apple follows Google and Burger King, which won the award in 2018 and 2017, respectively.According to the statement from Cannes and parent company Ascential, the award “recognizes an organization that demonstrates sustained creative excellence in the marketing of their products across multiple platforms and distinguishes itself by embracing collaboration between partners and agencies to produce truly outstanding creative communications and marketing.”People familiar with the selection process said Cannes’ Creative Marketer of the Year designations are based primarily on two factors: the brand’s history as an award-winner and its willingness to play a prominent role in the festival itself.Apple has indeed won a considerable number of Lions, beginning with the historic 1984 Super Bowl ad, which won the Grand Prix at Cannes that same year.
Encrypted email service ProtonMail is introducing a couple of new security-focused features to its apps this week.While ProtonMail users on iOS have been able to use TouchID or Face ID unlocking for several years, Android users have so far relied on passwords and PINs.With the latest incarnation of ProtonMail, Android users can also now elect to unlock their email app with a touch.The new feature requires the user to first set up a PIN, which is used as a backup should the fingerprint ID system fail.So head to settings, set yourself up with a new PIN, and then toggle the little “use fingerprint” switch to the right.By way of a brief recap, ProtonMail promises users full privacy via client-side encryption, meaning nobody can intercept and read their emails.
China is now blocking all language editions of Wikipedia – OONIWhat happened: The Tor Project’s Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI), which monitors internet censorship around the world, has discovered that all language editions of Wikipedia have been blocked in China since around April 25.In a recent blog post, the software project detailed how measurements collected from China Telecom revealed that all Wikipedia domains have been blocked via DNS injection and SNI filtering, and that the block is targeting “any subdomain/language edition of… but not any other Wikimedia resources, beyond”Why it’s important: The Chinese language edition of Wikipedia has been blocked by China Telecom since November 2016, according to OONI.With this more recent block, China will join the likes of Turkey as one of the few countries currently exercising a full ban of the online encyclopedia.There are no signs indications that Wikipedia will become accessible again, and there has been no explanation so far as to why the block now extends to all languages.
'Many companies pay us for our work, and we do not publish data and help them to eliminate vulnerabilities'A service provider hired by the likes of Oracle, SAP, BT, and many others, to manage their IT systems has been hacked – and its client data held to ransom.At the turn of this month, Germany-based CityComp was broken into by a miscreant, who pinched troves of private information from its customer database and threatened to publicly reveal all that stolen data unless a ransom was coughed up.The hacker, going by the name Boris, told The Register that right now a partial sample of the swiped info is available to download from a Tor-hidden dark web site, and because the ransom of $5,000 was not paid by CityComp, the full archives are set to be released today.CityComp boasts it looks after "more than 70,000 servers and storage systems of all types and sizes in up to 75 countries.According to Register sources who have seen the partially leaked information, the data so far includes things like contact information for CityComp's customers – such as names, email addresses and phone numbers – notes of meetings with clients, and IT equipment inventories, such as model numbers, specifications, and serial numbers.
1] Using the Dark WebA great deal of the activity happening on the dark web is illegal.There are many examples of people using the dark web to keep their identities hidden to avoid repression in certain parts of the world.For others, it’s their sexuality or their religious identity.In Brunei, simply being homosexual can now command a sentence of death by stoning.It’s illegal but debate is ongoing as to whether or not it’s morally acceptable.
Two recent high-profile security incidents have made headlines across the United States and APAC regions.The other was the arrest of Yi Zheng, a Chinese national working as a contractor for Australian financial services firm AMP.Hasson was charged with several crimes and accused of being a white supremist in the middle of planning a terror plot.Zheng was arrested and pleaded guilty to attempting to steal and sell confidential AMP customer data on the dark web.Security and risk professionals should be extremely interested in these arrests.They show that when organizations have visibility over endpoint behavioral data and the ability to collect and analyze it, that malicious insider threats can be detected long before they have a chance to inflict significant damage.
When I first heard of Bitcoin, it sounded like something out of a dystopian sci-fi novel.But if it did?—?if Bitcoin were to go mainstream?—?I was convinced it would lead to a massive geopolitical disruption, shifting the power relations between governments and their citizens.The first is that “all innovation is good innovation.”Perhaps governments recognize the inevitable growth of blockchain technology and don’t want to stem innovation too early via overregulation.But governments have also fought tooth and nail against end-to-end encryption, P2P filesharing, privacy technologies like Tor, and financial networks that enable tax evasion (see e-gold and global financial surveillance policies like FATCA).If Bitcoin threatens the power of financial surveillance, then it would be considered far more dangerous than any of these prior technologies.
Network that can't control ads or content turns out to have trouble with illegal activityDozens of groups composed of around 385,000 people convened to discuss and participate in dubious or illegal services - not on the dark web but on Facebook - according to Cisco's Talos security team.Selling and trading stolen credit card numbers, identity data, contraband and the like has long occurred on internet forums, gated or otherwise, and servers accessible through the Tor network or the Invisible Internet Project (I2P).But it may surprise you to learn that carding, identity theft and spamming services also flourish on Facebook, recently in the news for live streaming hate killings in New Zealand.That's despite years of criticism over ineffective oversight and the hiring of low-wage content scrubbers.In a report published on Friday, Cisco's Talos security biz observed that "instead of wheeling-and-dealing using hidden servers on some mysterious dark web address, a surprisingly large number of cyber scofflaws prefer to operate right out in the open using social media."
The nominees for the Hugo Awards are here, honoring the best in 2018's comics, movies, TV shows, and other works.We’ve got some staples in genre fiction, like Black Panther and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, along with a few surprises — including the first time in Hugo history that a YouTube series has been nominated for an award.The World Science Fiction Society announced the full list of Hugo finalists on Tuesday.Iconic TV episodes like The Good Place’s “Jeremy Bearimy” and The Expanse’s “Abaddon’s Gate” are on the list—along with two selections from Jodie Whittaker’s debut season in Doctor Who, “Rosa” and “Demons of the Punjab.” Plus, io9 co-founders Annalee Newitz and Charlie Jane Anders were nominated for their podcast, Our Opinions Are Correct.First, there’s Archive of Our Own, a massive collection of transformative fanworks, like fan fiction and fan art—I guess that means all the fan fic on that site is now technically Hugo-nominated, so congrats, folks!And video essayist Lindsay Ellis (full disclosure, she’s a personal friend) has been nominated for her YouTube documentary series about The Hobbit, along with co-writer and editor Angelina Meehan.
“If there’s compute power enough to hold a sword on them, they should have a shirt on”DigiCert CEO John Merrill was once introduced at a convention as the CEO who saved the Internet.It’s a characterisation he downplays as “a bit of a stretch”, but he certainly hopes that the company he run will remembered for restoring trust to the web.Digital certificates giant DigiCert secures a massive 26 billion web connections daily, with customers including Paypal and Verizon; it also boasts a string of industry firsts, including being the first such company to launch an independent Certificate Transparency Log Server, the first to offer TLS for the Tor browser, and more.The incident that won him the messianic plaudit, however, goes back to 2017, when Google issued a warning that its Chrome browser was going to distrust SSL certificates from DigiCert’s industry rival Symantec, which Merrill describes as having “fallen off the treadmill” when it came to Certificates Authority industry engagement.They are, essentially, cryptographic keys used to authenticate a company’s online identity and allow secure connections from a web server to a browser; without them the padlock in your browser is just decoration.)
A scammer is claiming to have made 200 BTC ($760,000) through ‘typosquatting’ criminal dark web sites on the Tor network, over the past four years.Typosquatting is a form of cybersquatting – basically sitting on websites under someone else’s brand – that specifically targets users who incorrectly type a website address into their web browser to lead them to a spoof site.For example, typing as opposed to Shadows, the company which unearthed the scammer’s claims and analyzed supporting evidence, says it cannot confirm whether the scammer operating this typosquat network was able to abscond with as much Bitcoin as they claim.The attacker, though, mentions using a self-made payment processor on the websites, highlighting that some form of purchasing activity had taken place.In this specific instance, Digital Shadows also observed how some of the sites used their own Bitcoin wallets to accept donations.
Wasabi, the popular anonymizing Bitcoin BTC wallet, has been been duped in an apparent bid to steal your Bitcoin — and the ruse comes complete with an entirely phony website.Wasabi’s co-founder, nopara73, shared the discovery this morning: “The first malware that pretends to be Wasabi […].Notice only the Windows download link points to their own website, the rest is to our GitHub?” he tweeted.Indeed, the fraudulent site (wasabibitcoinwallet [dot] org) features a download page that links to the latest version of “Wasabi.” It lists four versions for download (macOS, Windows, and two for Linux).All the links direct users to the real Wasabi wallet (hosted via GitHub) except the Windows link, which automatically downloads a very suspicious .msi file hosted by the scammers‘ website directly.Curiously, when the fake wallet was checked with antivirus engines, they were unable to detect any malware inside the dubious installer: “Oh boy, this is going to be messy,” nopara73 added.
Russian authorities have ordered internet providers in the country to enforce a block against the encrypted email provider ProtonMail.The state Federal Security Service, which was once the KGB, ordered the block after accusing the company and several other email providers of facilitating bomb threats after several anonymous bomb threats were sent to police in late January.Overall, 26 different internet addresses were blocked by Russian authorities including several servers used to connect to the Tor network.The country's internet providers were ordered to immediately implement the block through the use of a technique known as BG blackholing which tells a router to discard internet traffic instead of routing it to its destination.While ProtonMail users in Russia are no longer able to send or receive email, the company's site still loads because two of its servers listed in the government's order were for its back-end mail delivery system while its front-end website runs on a different system.ProtonMail's chief executive Andy Yen explained how the block works in an email to TechCrunch, saying:
Russia has told internet providers to enforce a block against encrypted email provider ProtonMail, the company’s chief has confirmed.The block was ordered by the state Federal Security Service, formerly the KGB, according to a Russian-language blog, which obtained and published the order after the agency accused the company and several other email providers of facilitating bomb threats.Several anonymous bomb threats were sent by email to police in late January, forcing several schools and government buildings to evacuate.In all, 26 internet addresses were blocked by the order, including several servers used to scramble the final connection for users of Tor, an anonymity network popular for circumventing censorship.Internet providers were told to implement the block “immediately,” using a technique known as BGP blackholing, a way that tells internet routers to simply throw away internet traffic rather than routing it to its destination.But the company says while the site still loads, users cannot send or receive email.
We were caught in hack that bled 617 million online accountsArmor Games (AG) has confirmed that 100 per cent of its users were caught up in the mega breach that saw the details of 617 million online accounts hacked from 16 hacked websites being sold on the dark web.As exclusively revealed by The Register last month, the haul included account databases for Dubsmash (162 million), MyFitnessPal (151 million) and MyHeritage (92 million) among others.Some 1.8GB worth of data was found by us on sale for 0.2749 BTC ($988) via Dream Market, located in the Tor network.The company, which runs a portal for a bunch of browser-based games, did not speak to El Reg but cited our article in a confessional email to customers to say it was told on 29 January of a breach that occurred "around" the start of the month."This appears to be part of a larger breach affecting 16 companies (see this new article for more information).
Encrypted apps including Telegram and Discord are being increasingly used by criminals to peddle unsavoury and illegal content.An investigation by the BBC’s File on 4 radio program found these encrypted apps are taking over from the dark web, as the venue of choice for exchanging criminal content.It comes as the dark web is being increasingly targetted by law enforcement officials.In November last year, one of the largest hosting services for the ‘Dark Web’ Tor network (namely Daniel’s Hosting in Germany) had its entire roster of more than 6,500 sites erased in a hack by an unknown attacker.These successful operations against dark websites are apparently behind the move by criminal to use secure messaging apps, which have both a public and encrypted side.Peer-to-peer encryption is only engaged when a user joins a group, a move which experts say typically puts these users beyond the reach of law enforcement.