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Tor(ched): Zerodium drops exploit for version 7 of anonymous browser

Bug broker Zerodium has released word of a flaw in the Tor browser that would potentially allow an attack site to bypass security protections and execute malicious code in the supposedly secure internet system. The flaw was disclosed in a Zerodium Tweet Monday morning that provides some detail on the nature of the flaw. …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Sep 2018
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Brave Brave browser's hamburger menu serves Tor onion routing

Brave Software has updated its web browser so that its private mode actually supports privacy, or nearly – a few lingering technical issues still need to get ironed out. The outfit's latest desktop release, Brave 0.23, integrates Tor, the free open-source software that aims to help netizens evade online surveillance, in its …
Thomas Claburn, 29 Jun 2018

Tor-forker Joshua Yabut cuffed for armoured personnel carrier joyride

A cryptocurrency developer, occasional infosec researcher, and National Guardsman has been arrested after joyriding an armoured personnel carrier in what some US news sites are calling a “drug-fuelled rampage”. Joshua Yabut, a Virginian National Guard commander, was arrested after allegedly taking an M577 APC for a ride from …

Cloudflare experiments with hidden Tor services

Cloudflare has added a Tor hidden service to its DNS services. Launching the service, the company explained that while it wipes logs and doesn't write client IP addresses to disk, “exceptionally privacy-conscious folks might not want to reveal their IP address to the resolver at all, and we respect that.” The resolver's …

'Housemate from hell' catches 24 new charges after alleged nightmare cyberstalking spree

A US bloke accused of cyberstalking and harassing his former housemates has been hit with two dozen more criminal charges. Matthew Lin, a computer programmer from Newton, Massachusetts, faces seven counts of cyberstalking, five counts of distributing child pornography, nine counts of making hoax bomb threats, three counts of …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Apr 2018

Tor ‘sunsets’ secure Messenger that never exited beta

The Tor project will “sunset” its Messenger, a project launched in 2015 in the hope of improving security for social networks’ messaging services. At launch, Tor advanced Messenger as a replacement for multi-protocol chat clients like Adium and Pidgin. The project’s plan was to route messages sent using XMPP, IRC, Google Talk …
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Tor pedo's torpedo torpedoed: FBI spyware crossed the line but was in good faith, say judges

Analysis US judges have shut down an appeal from a convicted pedophile who claimed the FBI hacking of his computer was an illegal and unreasonable search. Gabriel Werdene, 53, of Bucks County, Philadelphia, is serving two years in a federal prison for rummaging through the Playpen dark-web filth souk for images and footage of child …
Iain Thomson, 24 Feb 2018
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I'll torpedo Tor weirdos, US AG storms: Feds have 'already infiltrated' darknet drug souks

The US Attorney General has set up a task force of FBI agents and tech nerds to further smoke out online peddlers of illegal opioids. The team, dubbed the Joint Criminal Opioid Darknet Enforcement, aka J-CODE, will be sent out to a dozen American cities that have hotspots of opioid abuse to work out where the gear is coming …
Iain Thomson, 30 Jan 2018

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 …

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