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FBI's warrantless 'hack' of Silk Road was legal, prosecutors claim

FBI's warrantless 'hack' of Silk Road was legal, prosecutors claim

Even if FBI agents did hack their way into the Silk Road without a warrant - and they're most certainly not confessing to that, mind you - the intrusion would have been an upstanding, law-abiding, Fourth Amendment-respecting act of criminal investigation, the government argued in a Monday court filing.

Tor users could be FBI's main target if legal power grab succeeds

Tor users could be FBI's main target if legal power grab succeeds

The US Department of Justice is proposing a power grab that would make it easier for domestic law enforcement to break into computers of people trying to protect their anonymity via Tor or other anonymizing technologies.

FBI used drive-by downloads to track child abuse image suspects hidden on Tor

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The FBI has been silently installing spyware in its quest to identify and prosecute criminals hiding behind the powerful Tor anonymity system. The technique's a classic tool in the malware writer's kit. Do the ends justify the means when it's the law, using it to capture child abusers?

Tor attack may have unmasked anonymous users

Freedom Hosting arrest and takedown linked to Tor privacy compromise

Two Carnegie-Mellon researchers had planned a highly anticipated talk at next week's Black Hat security conference - a talk that was cancelled when the university's lawyers freaked out - about how easy it is to break Tor anonymity. They're innocent until proved guilty, but The Tor Project says it was likely the two researchers are behind the attack.

Tor Project is NOT getting sued for enabling revenge porn site PinkMeth

Tor Project is NOT getting sued for enabling revenge porn site PinkMeth

A Texas revenge-porn victim is suing the operators of revenge-porn site PinkMeth.com and was (until her lawyer figured out just what, exactly, the anonymising service Tor actually is) suing The Tor Project for helping PinkMeth to operate anonymously.

Latest OpenSSL flaws can lead to information leakage, code execution and DoS

Only two months after the Heartbleed vulnerability in OpenSSL captured global headlines we have another critical update for OpenSSL fixing 6 new flaws.

US DHS digs out 27,000-member child abuse ring buried on Tor

US DHS digs out 27,000-member child abuse ring buried on Tor

The child predators targeted children as young as 3 years old. More than 40 terabytes of data were seized, 15 men have been arrested, 251 child or teen victims have been identified.

Silk Road-alike "Utopia" dark-net market seized by Dutch police

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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.

Use of Tor pointed FBI to Harvard University bomb hoax suspect

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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.

Silk Road reboots: for real, or just a honeypot?

Silk Road reboots: for real, or just a honeypot?

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?

Silk Road leads to eight arrests in US, UK, Sweden

Silk Road leads to eight arrests in US, UK, Sweden

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.

US head of intelligence: NSA wants to break Tor to get at the bad guys

US head of intelligence: NSA wants to break Tor to get at the bad guys

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.

Monday review - the hot 19 stories of the week

Monday review

Catch up with everything we've written in the last seven days with our handy roundup.

Tor usage doubles in August. New privacy-seeking users or botnet?

Tor usage more than doubles in August. Is it PRISM-related?

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.

Freedom Hosting arrest and takedown linked to Tor privacy compromise

Freedom Hosting arrest and takedown linked to Tor privacy compromise

The anonymising service Tor and the secretive web underworld operating under its shadowy cloak were rocked over the weekend by the arrest of a major hosting provider and suggestions that malicious JavaScript may have been planted on a number of sites, aimed at revealing the identities of those using Tor.

Using Tor and other means to hide your location piques NSA's interest in you

Using Tor and other means to hide your location piques NSA's interest in you

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.

Monday review - the hot 20 stories of the week

Monday review

Missed anything last week? Don't worry, here's a little roundup of everything we wrote.

Facebook's untimely block on Tor mistakenly freaks out activists

Tor users welcomed back after Facebook and Tor clean up nasty traffic

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.

Monday review - the hot 22 stories of the week

Here you go.

All the stories we wrote in the past seven days, in case you missed anything (or just want to read them again).

Tor and the Deepnet: What price does society pay for anonymity?

Tor and the Deepnet: What price does society pay for anonymity?

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?