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Biggest Tor overhaul in a decade adds layers of security improvements

Tor developers have taken the wraps off the next generation of onion services. The alpha release promises the biggest overhaul in the anonymizing network for the past 10 years. The opening section of the change log provides a good overview of the tweaks, some of which aim to address recently discovered security weaknesses in …
John Leyden, 3 Nov 2017

Brazilians waxed: Uni's Tor relay node booted after harvesting .onions

A university research project in Brazil has had its Tor relay node banned after it was caught harvesting the .onion addresses of visitors. Marcus Rodrigues, a junior researcher with the University of Campinas in São Paulo, claims he and others were working to create a tool that could tell malicious hidden services from benign …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Aug 2017
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Dark web doesn't exist, says Tor's Dingledine. And folks use network for privacy, not crime

DEF CON A Tor Project grandee sought to correct some misconceptions about the anonymizing network during a presentation at the DEF CON hacking convention in Las Vegas on Friday. Roger Dingledine, one of the three founders of the Tor Project, castigated journos for mischaracterizing the pro-privacy system as a bolthole exclusively used …
Iain Thomson, 29 Jul 2017
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AlphaBay and Hansa: About those dark web marketplaces takedowns

Analysis A US Federal Bureau of Investigation veteran has spoken out on the international police ops that led to the takedown of dark web drug souks AlphaBay and Hansa, giving an insider's look at the process. Joseph Campbell served for 25 years in the FBI, where he led criminal investigations into child exploitation and the trade in …
John Leyden, 24 Jul 2017
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Cops harpoon two dark net whales in megabust: AlphaBay and Hansa

Two of the largest dark net marketplaces - AlphaBay and Hansa - have been shut down following an international police operation. AlphaBay was the largest criminal souk on the dark web, accessible through a hidden service on the Tor network. Prior to its takedown, AlphaBay reached over 200,000 users and 40,000 vendors, …
John Leyden, 20 Jul 2017

Russia, China vow to kill off VPNs, Tor browser

Russia and China are banning the use of virtual private networks, as their governments assert ever greater control over what citizens can see online. In Russia, the State Duma – the lower house of the Federal Assembly of Russia (legislature) – unanimously adopted the first reading of new legislation that would ban the use of …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Jul 2017
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Defend yourself against ISP tracking in an Trump-era free-for-all

ISPs in the US have regained to power to snoop on your internet browsing and sell the results to the highest bidder. Congress has passed news rules under President Donald Trump rolling back earlier restrictions on internet service providers - Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and so on - from selling or otherwise sharing your web browsing …
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Dark-web pedo jailed after FBI and co use vid trick to beat privacy tech

A US bloke was jailed for 13 years on Wednesday for sharing pictures and videos of child sex abuse on the dark web. Despite using an anonymizing network, such as Tor, to hide his location and cover his tracks on the internet, he was eventually nabbed by pedo-hunting cops – after he watched a crafty video that, we're told, …
Iain Thomson, 4 May 2017

Debian bins keys assigned to arrested Russian contributor

Debian has removed keys assigned to developer Dmitry Bogatov after he was arrested by Russian authorities for using the internet to organise protests. Or, as Russian outlet TASS puts it, “for terrorism and attempts to stage unrest in Moscow.” Bogatov was remanded in custody for two months, but claims he was not at his keyboard …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Apr 2017

Tor loses a node in Russia after activist's arrest in Moscow

Russia is shy a Tor exit node, after a university maths teacher was arrested for his involvement in protests in that country. Authorities have reportedly thrown the book at Dmitry Bogatov, accusing him of posting messages calling for mayhem. According to TASS, he’ll be held for two months pending investigation. This report at …

Tip for darknet drug lords: Don't wear latex gloves to the post office

Delivery is the weakest link in the “dark web” drug trade: the postal habits of a large-scale trader have led to his undoing. Chukwuemeka Okparaeke is accused of dealing in very nasty stuff: Fentanyl, a high-strength synthetic opioid the Centre for Disease Control says is 50 times the potency of heroin and was responsible for …
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Dark net webmail provider Sigaint still in the, er, dark

Sigaint, one of the largest dark web email providers, is approaching its third week of unavailability with still no clear signs about what's happening to the service. The site has been down since at least February 11, with no news about what's happening as yet. In the absence of a clear explanation, speculation is, …
John Leyden, 2 Mar 2017
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Microsoft's DRM can expose Windows-on-Tor users' IP address

Windows users running the Tor browser can be tricked into uncloaking themselves, with a pretty straightforward trick based on Microsoft's DRM system. The discovery was made by Hacker House, which says it's been researching social engineering attacks made using DRM-protected content. What the UK-based security outfit found is …
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Tails Linux farewells 32-bit processors with imminent version 3.0

The privacy-paranoid Linux distribution Tails has decided it's time to send 32-bit distributions the way of the 8086, from the planned June release of version 3.0. Tails' developers offer two reasons in their announcement: make the distro safer and save precious developer resources. The group explains that at the start of …
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Rap for crap WhatsApp trap flap: Yack yack app claptrap slapped

Computer security experts and cryptographers have accused The Guardian of overblowing what was claimed to be a backdoor in WhatsApp's encryption. Zeynep Tufekci, an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina and associate at the Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, wrote an open letter …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jan 2017
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FBI let alleged pedo walk free rather than explain how they snared him

In a surprising and worrying move, the FBI has dropped its case against a man accused of downloading child sex abuse images, rather than reveal details about how they caught him. Jay Michaud, a middle school teacher in Vancouver, Washington, was arrested in July last year after visiting the Playpen, a dark web meeting place …
Iain Thomson, 6 Jan 2017
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Drive-by web nasty unmasks Tor Browser users, Mozilla dashes to patch zero-day vuln

Updated Mozilla is scrambling to patch a vulnerability in Firefox that is apparently being exploited in the wild to unmask Tor Browser users. Earlier today, a small package of SVG, JavaScript and x86 code popped up on a Tor mailing list that, when opened by Firefox or Tor Browser on a Windows PC, phones home to a remote server and …
Darren Pauli, 30 Nov 2016
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FYI: The FBI is being awfully evasive about its fresh cyber-spy powers

Senior US senators have expressed concern that the FBI is not being clear about how it intends to use its enhanced powers to spy on American citizens. Those are the spying powers granted by Congressional inaction over an update to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. These changes will kick in on December 1 …
Iain Thomson, 23 Nov 2016

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