For web surfers wanting to be totally anonymous, the Tor Project offers a browser bundle that bounces the user's communication around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers stationed across the globe. It supposedly prevents eavesdroppers from viewing your surfing habits, and websites from knowing who you are, where you've been and where you're physically located.
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"The vulnerability allows arbitrary code execution, so an attacker could in principle take over the victim's computer," the group states. "However, the observed version of the attack appears to collect the hostname and MAC address of the victim computer, send that to a remote webserver over a non-Tor connection, and then crash or exit. The attack appears to have been injected into (or by) various Tor hidden services, and it's reasonable to conclude that the attacker now has a list of vulnerable Tor users who visited those hidden services."
"Consider switching to a 'live system' approach like Tails," the team states. "Really, switching away from Windows is probably a good security move for many reasons."
The attack in question reportedly stems from websites served up by the anonymous web hosting company, Freedom Hosting. This company specializes in playing host to special .onion websites that hide their IP addresses and geographical locations behind layers of routing, and in turn can only be accessed via the Tor network. Some of these sites are also supposedly known to dish out child pornography.
Wired reports that the broad deployment of malware across the Freedom Hosting network coincided with the arrest of Eoin Marques in Ireland on Thursday. He was wanted for distributing child pornography in a federal case filed in Maryland. Shortly thereafter, all of the hidden service sites hosted by Freedom Hosting began displaying a "Down for Maintenance" message, and included legit sites like TorMail.
So is this malware really linked to the FBI? DomainTools reports that the command-and-control IP address used by the malware is associated with McLean, Virginia-based Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). This is a major technology contractor for defense and intelligence agencies… including the FBI.
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they must stop this bull and start doing their job on getting bad guys , and not some internet geeks that try to look up porn on the net...
I don't you understand what privacy is. It is not that people are trying to hide things that may be embarassing to them or illegal activities. Privacy is the CHOICE to make information that you may deem personal public. When stuff like this happens it removes the individuals consent/choice in the matter as to wether the information is public or private.
Looking for bad guys is exactly what they're doing. If you were just looking up legal porn it's unlikely you'd have any reason to use something like Tor, and if the FBI or NSA sees you spend all day on Tube8 they're not going to care at all.
The the bad guys, like people who distribute and consume child pornography, are EXACTLY the kind of people who use Tor.
The constitution extends you a right to do a number of things, it doesn't exend the right not to have somebody monitoring you while you do it.
If you want to do something illegal that you feel shouldn't be illegal, have the balls to stand up and accept the consiquences and fight for it.
Try reading this.
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
That clearly states the government needs probable cause and a warrant to monitor someone, because someone being monitored is clearly not secure in their person, house, papers, and effects. It is so clear infact that only a judge or lawyer could think differently.