Certain users of the privacy-minded Tor web browser should download the app’s latest update, which adds a temporary fix to prevent the browser from leaking identifying information, namely IP addresses. The TorMoil bug, as named by the security research company that discovered the vulnerability, We Are Segment, can…
Congress has moved to dismantle some Obama-era rules that would have protected the online privacy of everyday Americans. This sucks. The deregulation means it will be easier for huge telecom companies to track and sell their customers’ browsing history. This sucks! But not all is lost.
While Tor remains something of an internet boogeyman—a misunderstood service most people think is only useful for hiring hitmen or buying drugs using cryptocurrencies—we found that many Tor sites (called onions) lie somewhere between tame and useless. New research suggests what the few extant onions that remain are…
Cannabis.com, GayEgypt.com, Circumcision.org, WhitePower.com, and yes, HardSexTube.com are all sites that the Tor Project’s new app pointed my iPhone towards this morning. Don’t worry, it’s all for a good cause.
Today, Edward Snowden is wrong about almost everything. Yes, he’s a patriot, and yes, I believe that what he did in 2013 to reveal dangerous elements of our surveillance state was important and commendable. But Snowden is completely oblivious to the challenges that we face as we move into the year 2017—a perilous…
The dark web—the portion of the deep web only accessible through specific software—exists to serve the needs of hackers-for-hire, hitmen, internet drug kingpins, child pornographers, and their inevitable customers. That’s the public consensus.
The woman involved in an eyewitness account of sexual misconduct by ex-Tor developer Jacob Appelbaum given to Gizmodo says her experience of the night in question is “entirely different.”
In 2015, the FBI hacked Tor to identify users of child sex websites. Now, Mozilla is begging courts to divulge how the operation was carried out so that it can ensure its code for Firefox remains secure.
The deep web and its inner recess, the dark web—those less well-trodden parts of the internet beyond the reach of Google and Bing—are not for the faint-hearted or untrained. With the right tools, however, there’s little to fear and plenty to discover. Here’s how you can start exploring the deep web without having to…
A proposed change to the ‘Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure’ issued yesterday by the United States Supreme Court allows federal judges to grant the FBI permission to hack multiple computers at once, including machines belonging to people who haven’t been suspected of a crime. It can even hack people the FBI knows to…
In 2015, the FBI hacked Tor to identify users of child sex websites. Now a judge has thrown out evidence acquired during the investigation.
In 2015, the FBI hacked Tor to identify users of child sex websites. But despite requests being made in court, it’s now refusing to reveal the finer points of how it carried out the operation.
A rumor has been circulating for a while that researchers at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) provided information to the FBI, which led to the feds identifying Tor users linked to crimes. Details of any arrangements have been unclear, but evidence from a criminal case has confirmed a few facts.
While he typically releases a book every year, John Scalzi dropped some interesting news on his blog earlier this week: he won’t have a new novel coming out in 2016. Instead, his next will come in 2017:
Tor is the venerable messaging system used by whistleblowers and drug dealers alike to hide on the internet, and as a result, it gets some attention from law enforcement. A new system proposed by a team of MIT resesarchers offers an alternative, using fake traffic to hide the real messages within.
According to French newspaper Le Monde, authorities in Paris are considereing banning the use of TOR, a service that anonymises users on the internet. It would be one of a range of measures passed in response to last month’s terror attacks, and also a difficult-to-enforce attack on internet privacy.
Last week, it was suggested that a research group from Carnegie Mellon University had been paid $1 million by the FBI to hack Tor. Now, CMU has issued a statement denying that money changed hands—but seems to suggest it was forced to hand over data to the authorities.