Tor Doesn't Want to Depend on US Government Money Anymore

Tor is transforming. The anonymity service is making a concerted effort to find funding sources other than the United States government, the problematic sugar daddy that's bankrolled Tor for years. » 3/09/15 1:28pm 3/09/15 1:28pm

A Friendly Reminder: Bitcoin Is Not Anonymous 

Hello my cryptocurrency-lovin' friends. I just want to have a casual chat, but not that casual, because I'm worried about some of you. Some of you who may be operating under the assumption that Bitcoin is anonymous. It is not. » 1/31/15 3:00pm 1/31/15 3:00pm

I2P: The Super-Anonymous Network That Silk Road Calls Home

The infamous Silk Road resurrected itself like a junkie phoenix this month, leaving its long-time residence on Tor for a new anonymizing service called the Invisible Internet Project, or I2P. News of the high-profile dark market's new address nudged the little-known I2P into the spotlight. Now, after a decade in the… » 1/23/15 12:00pm 1/23/15 12:00pm

​Tor Is Still Safe

Tor is having a bit of a crisis, as it's become increasingly clear that the wildly popular network isn't the internet invisibility cloak it was once thought to be. Don't panic. It's not perfect, but it's still the best we've got. » 12/17/14 2:05pm 12/17/14 2:05pm

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

Mozilla Is Helping Tor Get Bigger and Better

Mozilla knows what's up. The non-profit is aware that the vast majority of its users think that privacy on the internet is falling apart, so it's launching a new strategic privacy initiative called Polaris. And you'll never guess who's on board. Just kidding, it's totally obvious: the Tor Project. » 11/10/14 2:39pm 11/10/14 2:39pm

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

Yik Yak Wants to Be More Than Your Kid's Favorite Shit-Talking App

"The real tech story is Yik Yak is blowing up,"Josh Miller, a Facebook project manager rumored to be working on an anonymity app for the social network, tweeted and deleted that comment recently, asking many people to wonder what the hell he was talking about. » 10/20/14 4:51pm 10/20/14 4:51pm

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 New Secret-Spilling App “Vent” Is a Disaster Waiting to Happen

There is a new iOS app called Vent devoted to letting people complain about their lives. It's a shitstorm in the making. » 10/10/14 11:02am 10/10/14 11:02am

Report: Facebook Is Going to Release an Anonymous Chat App

Facebook's stance on real names drew criticism recently, and it looks like the social network is leaping vigorously in the other direction. Sources within the company told the New York Times that Facebook plans to release an app that would let people talk anonymously. » 10/07/14 1:34pm 10/07/14 1:34pm

Dreaming of a Tor Button for Firefox

It's no secret that everybody's thinking about privacy and cyber security more since the world was pummeled with the unsettling, spy-novel truths of the Snowden revelations. Now, companies are starting to seize onto the zeitgeist by building more secure tools for the internet. And it sounds like Tor will be at the… » 9/29/14 5:11pm 9/29/14 5:11pm

Hackers Just Proved That Secret Isn't Really Secret

It's the worst fear of narcissists around the globe: Those confessions, those private things, those secrets you've been sharing on the popular app Secret aren't actually secret. Well, narcissists of the globe, your worst fear has come true. Secret isn't really secret. » 8/22/14 11:57am 8/22/14 11:57am

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

Attack on Tor Has Likely Stripped Users of Anonymity

Tor, the network used specifically for privacy and anonymity, just warned users of an attack meant to deanonymize people on the service. Anyone who used Tor from February 2014 through this July 4 can assume they were impacted. » 7/30/14 9:29am 7/30/14 9:29am

Russia Wants to Expose Tor for Fun and Profit

Crack your knuckles, and get out your checkbooks, hackers! Russia is offering a $110,000 contract to the first person who can come up with a good way to discover the personal information of otherwise anonymous Tor users. But there's a catch. The privilege of competing will cost you over $5,500. » 7/28/14 11:14am 7/28/14 11:14am

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

DuckDuckGo Handled 1 Billion Search Queries in 2013

Ever since Edward Snowden pulled back the curtain on the NSA's relentless snooping, the anonymous search engine DuckDuckGo's been breaking traffic records practically everyday. The privacy-friendly site just announced that it answered a whopping one billion search queries last year. » 1/09/14 2:20pm 1/09/14 2:20pm

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