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EUIPO Report: Tor and Bitcoin Hinders the Fight Against Piracy

The European Intellectual Property Office published a new report that found a range of business models that are being used by pirate sites. European Intellectual Property Office is teaming up with Europol this week, signaling Tor and Bitcoin as key threats to the ongoing fight against piracy. The report highlights all of the ways pirate sites like Kickass Torrents and ... Read More »

Airports in London are Blocking Access to Tor

In what appears to be an excellent example of the ongoing censorship in the UK, security researchers have discovered multiple airports in London are preventing access to the Tor Project’s website. The Tor Project, for those unaware, is the organization  primarily responsible for maintaining the Tor, a web browser that sends traffic through an anonymous network. Not only does the ... Read More »

Tor board of directors step down, appoint new members

Following the Jacob Appelbaum scandal that ultimately lead to his resignation, the Tor project announced an entirely new board of directors. The board, before stepping down and passing the baton to the new board on the 12th of July, said that their job was to make sure that Tor has the best leadership possible. They had faith that the new ... Read More »

On Public and Private WiFi, VPNs, Tor, and Virtual Machines

If you require privacy while connected to the internet – and I mean really require it – there is no reason to only make it part of the way to being safe. In the world we live in today, it’s foolish to ever assume you’re completely untraceable. The most we can accomplish is making it as difficult as possible for ... Read More »

Tor operator wanted for questioning about ‘offensive’ forum post

Being brought in for questioning by authorities is nothing new to Tor exit node operators. When an operator receives attention from a government agency, it’s often in regard to serious crimes such as a child pornography ring or a potential terror threat: two examples that require investigation. Given that the users of Tor have their identity masked and the only ... Read More »

Senate Bill Asks For Ways to Stop Bad People From Using Tor

A new bill going through Congress wants to stop “bad people from using Tor. It not only provides a safe haven for online activists and whistle-blowers for people in oppressed countries, but also for criminals, drug users, and pedophiles. The people behind the Tor project aren’t known for taking too kindly to oppressive, intrusive, surveillance minded governments. To go even ... Read More »

Researchers Design Network they Claim is Faster & Safer than Tor

Shortly after the latest breach in Tor, MIT security researchers claim to have developed a network that’s not only more secure than Tor, but also capable of downloading large files in a tenth of the time. The new network, named Riffle (Thesis paper can be found here), incorporates several well-known cryptographic techniques but utilizes them in a new, more secure ... Read More »

Mozilla implementing Tor privacy features in Firefox builds

In 2014, The Tor Project announced that they would be forming a partnership with Mozilla, the company most known for the Firefox browser and Thunderbird email client. The two organizations still work in unison, sharing patches, bug fixes, and even high-capacity relays. In recent news, Mozilla fought to have the FBI release information regarding a Tor exploit – one that ... Read More »

Researchers Found Over 100 Snooping Tor HSDir Relays

Researchers from Northeastern University had announced their findings of over 100 spy nodes targeting hidden services in the Tor network attempting to compromise websites on the dark web. When it tries to access public websites, the Tor network has one big security flaw; despite the fact that the nodes between your computer and the public internet can’t see where the ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

Tor Teams with Researchers to Harden Tor Browser

Due to the FBI’s success de-anonymizing Tor users, the Tor Project is teaming up with researchers to protect users from any further hacking from the FBI. Vice reports. Pretty recent court cases have shown that the FBI is well capable of hacking Tor, even though the software is praised for its reputation as the best online privacy software available. A ... Read More »

Tor Project Developer Resigns In Response To Sexual Mistreatment Allegations

Jacob Appelbaum, one of the most well known developers of the Tor Project, stepped down due to “public allegations of sexual mistreatment.” The Tor Project only released a brief one-sentence-statement on Thursday about the case, however, they went into further details as they heard that rumors were spreading around in the online community about sexual assault. Appelbaum did the security ... Read More »

Tor 6.0 Officially Released and Ready for Download

As regular Tor users are well aware, the browser has been updated to 6.0. The new release is based on Firefox 45 Extended Support Release. Among other features, the new browser has better support for security and privacy. Things like making DUCKDUCKGO its default search engine. Mozilla’s Firefox ESR is a more stable, enterprise ready version, and its features are ... Read More »

Tor Dev. Talks About WhatsApp Brazil Blockage

Acording to the post on the Tor blog by Isabela, on May 2 2016, a Brazilian judge ordered all cell phone carries to block access to WhatsApp messaging service for 72 hours. This applied tot he whole nation of Brazil, or around 100 million WhatsApp users. Internet censorship events happen all the time. Most accur in countries like Brazil. Places ... Read More »

FBI Still Harassing Lead Tor Developer

Lead software developer for Tor, Isis Agora Lovecruft claims that the FBI is harassing her because they would like to talk with her, but will not disclose a reason why.  An FBI agent showed up at her parents home and left a card, instructing them to have Isis call them.  Later, phone calls to her parents home from the FBI ... Read More »