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

Is the FBI Trying to Expose the Anonymous Internet Using Malware?

Over the weekend, security researchers noticed some strange activity happening on the Tor network, an anonymous "darknet" used for everything from private browsing to selling drugs. Some hacker appeared to be using custom-made malware to identify its users. But according to Wired's sources, this was no hacker. It was… » 8/05/13 12:35pm 8/05/13 12:35pm