Your Favorite Anonymous App Is Not Anonymous At All

Security researchers recently discovered a serious flaw in Yik Yak, the "anonymous" messaging app popular with teens. In surprisingly simple fashion, the flaw offered hackers a way to discover the identities of Yik Yak's supposedly unnamed users. It also provides a good opportunity to issue this very important PSA:… » 12/09/14 3:00pm 12/09/14 3:00pm

Man, the Government Sure Likes to Blame Shit on Tor

In a non-public report, the Department of Treasury revealed that an increasing number of hackers are using the Tor network to maintain their anonymity. Surprise surprise! After all,Tor is one of the biggest online anonymity services. So the government is suggesting (again) that blocking Tor would keep hackers away,… » 12/08/14 12:55pm 12/08/14 12:55pm

Facebook Just Created a Custom Tor Link and That's Awesome

Facebook is often criticized over privacy concerns, but the social network just made a historic move in the name of security and anonymity. The social network just created a dedicated Tor link that ensures people who visit the site from the anonymous web browser won't be mistaken for botnets. This is a big deal,… » 10/31/14 12:20pm 10/31/14 12:20pm

iOS Expert: Don't Use Whisper If You Want to Remain Anonymous

When apps are accused of shady behavior, Jonathan Zdziarski is the guy that investigates. And this week, the self-identified iOS forensics expert was quick to respond to requests for a deep dive into Whisper, the supposedly anonymous secret-sharing app that's been taking heat lately. Guess what: Whisper's not so… » 10/17/14 12:13pm 10/17/14 12:13pm

The NSA Is Scaring People Away From Tor

It makes sense in a backwards sort of way. Last year's NSA revelations scared people into seeking more privacy online, and so they turned to Tor, the anonymous web browser. Then, we learned that the NSA is actually targeting people that use Tor, sending users running in the opposite direction. Understandably, this has » 8/21/14 11:20am 8/21/14 11:20am

The FBI Seized All of TorMail's Data and Is Using It to Catch Hackers

If you had any faith left in anonymous email services, now would be the time to let that go. New court documents show that in chasing down associates of Freedom Hosting, the FBI managed to download the entire email database of TorMail. And now it's using that information to take on the Darknet. » 1/27/14 11:21am 1/27/14 11:21am

The NSA's Been Trying to Hack into Tor's Anonymous Internet For Years

This shouldn't come as a huge surprise, but the NSA has reportedly been trying (and failing) to break into the Tor network for years. It turns out that Tor, a suite of tools to protect anonymity online, is just too secure as an infrastructure. Individual users, however, are less secure. » 10/04/13 11:53am 10/04/13 11:53am

Yep, Tor Traffic Really Is Dominated by Botnets and Porn

The anonymous, secure Tor network has always had a reputation as a place for botnets, porn kings, and drug dealers. "But it's such an amazing tool for political dissidents, a way to escape the spying government!" you might think in the wake of this NSA debacle. Then again, first impressions are often correct. » 9/11/13 1:57pm 9/11/13 1:57pm

Tor: The Anonymous Internet, and If It's Right for You

Since the revelations about NSA spying came to the surface earlier this summer, everybody's paying a little bit more attention to their privacy online. That's good news for Tor, a suite of software and network of computers that enables you to use the internet anonymously. And for anyone who uses it. » 8/30/13 12:19pm 8/30/13 12:19pm