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FBI is trying to hide their TOR exploit for good

Recently, an exploit in TOR helped the FBI take down the largest known child porn site that resulted in at least 1,500 arrests. Mozilla, the company who the majority of TOR’s code is based on, requested that the FBI release the exploit that allowed them to install tracking software on the computers that were used by the offenders. Mozilla had good cause – they wanted to patch the exploit that leaves TOR users vulnerable to spying eyes, which is the majority of the use for TOR.

Washington US District Judge Robert Bryan accepted the request, but since the exploit was used in taking down child porn, the Justice Department quickly convinced the judge that it was a matter of national security and the decision was quickly reversed.

A government lawyer wrote a response to the filing that makes an attempt at explaining their reasoning.

“The FBI has derivatively classified portions of the tool, the exploits used in connection with the tool, and some of the operational aspects of the tool in accordance with the FBI’s National Security Information Classification Guide.”

Motherboard notes that the FBI originally wanted to classify their reasons for not releasing the exploit instead of classifying the exploit itself. The FBI has since changed this and the amended filing is awaiting a signature from the FBI Original Classification Authority where the exploit will likely be hidden for good. Some individuals with experience in this field believe there is a chance that the classifying of the exploits as a national security concern is not a very good excuse, but it’s a gamble. Engadget notes that the Department of Justice has a habit of incorrectly classifying documents that don’t need to be classified. Even the DOJ’s Inspector General reported in 2013 where several documents where “unclassified information was inappropriately identified as being classified.”

If the exploit disappears for good, this poses a serious security concern for both Mozilla and users of TOR. Without knowing what the exploit is, Mozilla has no way to patch it, and we have no way of knowing if are safe or not.

Source: Motherboard

Via: Engadget

9 comments

  1. It was 150 arrests and not 1500. State your sources, please, or fix the article.

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  3. Here’s another article:

    http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/7-arrested-in-child-porn-sting-charged-in-7240329.php

    It requires a subscription, but clearly, we’re talking about less than 150 individuals and not 1500. How many of these cases will result in an actual criminal conviction is anybody’s guess. Even though some have pleaded guilty, others are challenging their guilty pleas and/or convictions; others have yet to even go to trial.

    Feel sorry for that Houston doc, a good man, even if he was a pervert; all the evidence is that he kept it to himself.

    Pedos who keep to themselves and do not abuse kids are no different in my book from fags or drag-queens; they’re all a bunch of perverts, just different kinds.

  4. you uneducated piece of floating excrement. dont compare pedos with “fags and drag queens”. do you realise most pedos are straight men. like you. you were obviously looking for a bite, now you’ve got one. why do you classify fags as perverts? is it cos your daddy used to jump you in bed every night when momma went to sleep?

    • Jordan Wood

      Not sure about his reasoning, but I do know that a lot of the generation that would be today’s grandparents/great-grandparents believe homosexuals are perverted and sick.

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