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Possible Upcoming Attempts to Disable The Tor Network

Just a month after Operation Onymous, It seems that the government keeps coming up with new reasons to try and cripple the Tor network, The Tor project posted this on their blog: The Tor Project has learned that there may be an attempt to incapacitate our network in the next few days through the seizure of specialized servers in the ... Read More »

Research & News in Tor, Privacy, & Security – Dec 15th, 2014

Tor Browser 4.0.2 has been released. The new release fixes compiler bugs in Windows, ensures that cache entires are isolated by domain, and prevents user locale settings from being leaked by the Javascript engine. Tor Browser 4.5-alpha-2 is now out. This version includes improvements to Torbutton’s circuit visualization feature, and removes a custom fix to the POODLE vulnerability, implementing Mozilla’s ... Read More »

Research & News in Tor, Privacy, & Security – Nov 30th, 2014

Research Wei Yu et al. published a research paper titled “On Effectiveness of Hopping-Based Spread Spectrum Techniques for Network Forensic Traceback”. The paper analyzes efficient techniques for tracing the origin of “cyber crimes through anonymous communication networks.” The paper outlines techniques for performing traffic confirmation attacks through the use of Frequency Hopping Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (FHSS), Code Hopping-DSSS (CH-DSSS), ... Read More »

Research & News in Tor, Privacy, & Security – Nov 24th, 2014

Tor Browser 4.5-alpha-1 has been released, which marks the first release of the 4.5 Tor Browser series. It includes a “security slider”, which is designed to allow a user to easily edit security preferences. The security slider has four security settings: low (default), medium-low, medium-high, and high. The new “status reporting UI” allows a user to quickly see the Tor ... Read More »

APT attacks via the Tor network, “OnionDuke”

The Leviathan security group discovered that malicious Tor exist nodes where wrapping executable windows files (.exe files) with malware. The malware was dubbed “OnionDuke” by F-Secure researchers. The MiniDuke Link MiniDuke was a highly sophisticated malware that previously infected government agencies and organisations spanning 23 countries. MiniDuke used multiple layers of encryption and clever coding tricks that made the malware ... Read More »

Grams Grows with TorAds: First Advertising Network For Tor

We are proud to post a Press Release provided by Grams Admin, about another new innovation from Grams – The Dark Net markets search engine – This time – Torads: TorAds is an advertising network for both advertisers and publishers dedicated for use on hidden services behind Tor. Every TorAds user can be an advertiser and a publisher, allowing you ... Read More »

Research & News in Tor, Privacy, & Security – Nov 16th, 2014

A research paper suggesting that over 81% of Tor users could be deanonymized through a traffic correlation attack was published by Sambuddho Chakravarty et al. The paper outlines how the “NetFlow” technology in Cisco routers, and similar technology included in most routers, can make users susceptible to traffic analysis. Cisco’s NetFlow technology is used to log certain information about the ... Read More »

Research & News in Tor, Privacy, & Security – Nov 11th, 2014

Tor Research The Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI) is currently studying reachability of bridges in countries that impose censorship. They are also studying how effective these countries are at preventing the use of pluggable transports. They are performing several tests. First is a Bridge reachability measurement, which attempts to build a Tor circuit to the bridge being tested. Next ... Read More »

Research & News in Tor, Privacy & Security – Nov 1st, 2014

News – Tor On Friday, Facebook announced that they were going to begin offering a hidden service to Tor users, at facebookcorewwwi.onion.market. The company intends to use SSL along with Tor, so users can still verify that the website is legitimate. Alec Muffett, a software engineer with Facebook’s security infrastructure group, stated that “Facebook’s onion address provides a way to ... Read More »

Research and News in Tor, Privacy, and Security – October 26th, 2014

Tor Recent Research Alex Biryukov and Ivan Pustogarov at the University of Luxembourg published a research paper titled, “Bitcoin over Tor isn’t a good idea.” The paper discusses possible security risks when using Bitcoin through Tor, and how these risks could possibly be countered. Bitcoin’s reputation system, designed to heighten security, includes protection against DoS attacks. If an attacker were ... Read More »

Weekly Tor and Security News – October 21, 2014

Tor News Earlier this week, the Anonabox raised over $500,000 after launching a campaign on Kickstarter. The anonabox, created by August Germar, is a device designed to route all of a network’s traffic through the Tor network. It runs alongside an existing modem or router, and claims to be fully Open Source. However, after controversy surrounding the project generated quite ... Read More »

Comcast Declares War on Tor?

If you needed another reason to hate Comcast, the most hated company in America, they’ve just given it to you: they’ve declared war on Tor Browser. >>Hide Your Tor Usage From your ISP – Click here For Our Best VPN’s Chart!<<< Reports have surfaced (The first one was via /r/darknetmarkets and another one submitted to us) that Comcast agents have ... Read More »

Russia Offers 4 Million Rubles (~$100K) To De-Anonymize Tor

The Russian Interior Ministry has posted a tender (Any Russian speaking reader who can translate this for us?) seeking to find a solution for obtaining information about users of the TOR anonymous network and decrypting intercepted TOR data. As it was published by RT: Russia’s Interior Ministry is offering $111k for a technological solution that would allow police officers to ... Read More »

Tor’s Hidden Service Publishing Tool, Stormy: A Closer Look

After reading the Daily Dot story on Tor’s “point and click” hidden service publishing tool set for launch in September and easy enough for even your mom and dad to use, how could one not be filled with excited anticipation? Considering how difficult it currently is to publish hidden service sites, Stormy, Tor’s hidden service publishing tool, sounds like a Godsend. ... Read More »