I suspect that they hacked Tor six months ago, actually.

They’re just telling us now because, well, at some point you have to.

Law-enforcement agencies are increasingly finding ways to unmask users of a popular Web browser designed to hide identities and allow individuals to exist online anonymously.

To keep their identities secret, users and administrators of a recently shuttered child-pornography website used a browser called Tor that obscures the source of Web traffic, authorities said in March. Agents from Homeland Security Investigations tracked many of them down anyway, largely because of mistakes that even some of the most sophisticated users eventually make.

Just to see who runs.

Moe Lane

PS: Tor, by the way, is the bane of many a web administrator’s existence: and it’s one of the major reasons why you need to sign up with ML.com in order to comment. Not every Tor user is awful, but it’s a favorite tool of trolls.

6 thoughts on “I suspect that they hacked Tor six months ago, actually.”

  1. At first, I thought you were talking about the publisher. It would have explained all the stupidity coming out of there recently.

  2. From the story it seems Tor does work, if the user makes no mistakes. They don’t specifically list the mistakes but a little thought can provide a few.
    1. NEVER use anything except Tor on those sites you are concerned about.
    2. If you don’t want anybody to know who you are, don’t order things to be delivered via USPS, UPS, FedEx, etc.
    3. Don’t link your ‘secret’ email to your regular GMail.

    I’m sure we can all think of others.

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