It was meant to rival Silk Road, which the US FBI shut down in October and which sold the same type of merchandise: drugs, firearms, stolen bank account information and forged identity documents.
It was the combination of the anonymizing service with the university's WiFi that gave investigators a short list of possible suspects, one of whom turned out to be a 20-year-old student trying to get out of a final exam.
Trusted old-timers from the original site are staffing the relaunched site, and now it's offering PGP encryption. Is the site a sticky trap for luring more drug aficionados or is it enough to save users from the fate that's befallen all those arrested in connection with the original site?
Eight more people have been arrested in the wake of the shutdown of Silk Road, the online, illegal-drug bazaar, and the seizure of its alleged mastermind.
Following revelations about the NSA's attacks on Tor, James Clapper explained that the intelligence community is interested in picking apart anonymising tools because that's where the enemies of the US and its allies hang out and plot their nefarious deeds.
The anonymising service Tor has seen a huge surge in popularity this month with the number daily users shooting up to over 1,200,000 from a fairly consistent average of 550,000 directly connected users over the last year.
Those who use online anonymizing technologies to obscure their location are assumed to be non-US persons and should thus continue to be targeted by surveillance. That's one of many revelations coming from top-secret documents, published by The Guardian, that show that US surveillance is much broader than the public previously knew.
Tor login to Facebook has been restored, ending a brief spate of panic over the prospect of political activists being blocked from logging in via the encrypted and anonymous network.
Hidden on the net is online content which is not so easily accessed, known as the Deepnet (also sometimes called Darknet, the Deep Web or Hidden Web).
Julian Bhardwaj takes us on a tour, and asks should computer users be allowed to remain anonymous online?
A recently published Freedom of Information Act (FOI) request has revealed that in at least one case, the US police's hunt for online child pornographers has been hindered by Tor.
Eight men have been arrested for running a secret online store that sold more than $1 million worth of narcotics. It's alleged that the gang hid its tracks by operating on the Tor network.
The hacktivist collective Anonymous has declared war on internet paedophiles, attacking websites it accuses of carrying child abuse images and videos, and declaring that anyone who hosts, promotes or supports child pornography is a target.
The Feds have obtained access to WikiLeaks volunteer Jacob Appelbaum's email accounts with the help of a law that lets them go after email and cellphones without a search warrant.