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Leak Shows US Army and NSA Compromised Tor, I2P, VPNs and Wants to Track Monero

A photograph showing an alleged leaked Army document revealing a joint project to track anonymous cryptocurrencies seems to have come from a somewhat unlikely place. The photograph reveals some interesting things, one of which is the revelation that the National Security Agency (NSA) is conducting a joint project with the US Army’s Cyber Protection Team (CPT) from the Cyber Protection ... Read More »

Using Bitcoin Transaction Analysis In Deanonymizing Users of Tor Hidden Services

Anonymity over the world wide web has never been a more critical issue. To achieve bulletproof anonymity, multiple solutions are being currently implemented by internet users all over the world. The most popular of which is the Tor network that represents the busiest anonymous communication network on the internet serving millions of users every day. Tor also enables webmasters to ... Read More »

Novel Defense Techniques To Secure Tor Communications – A Research Study

The Tor network depends mainly on resources, which are owned and managed by volunteers, to cater daily for millions of internet users seeking to maintain high levels of anonymity and privacy. As such, these resources have to be efficiently managed, by the Tor network, while also dealing with challenges facing its utility and robustness. A large percentage of the challenges ... Read More »

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An Overview of Sniper Attacks Against the Tor Network & Current Defenses

Wide scale internet censorship attempts by governments have catalyzed the creation of newer techniques to enhance the privacy of internet users and resist various censorship attempts. Tor represents the most widely used system for counteracting censorship and promoting the privacy of internet users. Currently, Tor serves hundreds of thousands of internet users all over the world and transfers approximately 3 ... Read More »

Mozilla Quietly Adds Features From Tor Browser to Firefox

In 2017, the developers at Mozilla have quietly added several features to Firefox that originated from the Tor Project’s Tor Browser. The new features come from the Tor Uplift project, which helps Mozilla integrate patches to Firefox that are used in the Tor Browser. The Tor Uplift project patches to Firefox help increase privacy and security, and the project has ... Read More »

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Tor Browser Updates Patch IP Leaking TorMoil Bug

With the new updates in Tor Browser version 7.0.9 for Linux and Mac operating systems, Tor is now patched up from a new vulnerability that was recently discovered that would cause Tor Browser to leak the IP address of its user. The vulnerability was given the name TorMoil by the person who discovered, Filippo Cavallarin of wearesegment.com. The bug does ... Read More »

The New York Times Launches a Tor Version of their Website

While many people think the dark web is no good except for buying drugs and guns, a new innovation has now made it possible to also read the news on the same platform. The New York Times announced on the 27th of last month that it was launching a Tor Onion Service of its website, at the address, https://www.nytimes3xbfgragh.onion.market/. The ... Read More »

The SSH Public Key Authentication Protocol Over Tor – How Vulnerable It Is to Timing Attacks?

The Secure Shell (SSH) public key authentication protocol represents one of the most popularly used authentication methods that rely on public key cryptography. Apart from its massive popularity, the SSH protocol hasn’t been massively studied and even the most advanced users often misconceive its functionality. Version 2 of the SSH protocol is presently being used by millions of internet connected ... Read More »

Tor Fingerprinting – Is the Tor Browser Immune Against Browser Fingerprinting?

On October 4, 2013, the Guardian published a report which stated that Edward Snowden, a former CIA employee and whistleblower, sent the British newspaper classified documents that proved that the National Security Agency (NSA) had been repeatedly making attempts to formulate successful attacks against Tor, or the onion router. However, the report claimed that all of NSA’s attempts failed to ... Read More »

TorPolice – A Novel Framework For Enforcing Access Control Policies Across the Tor Network

The Tor network represents the most popular anonymity network, which is currently used by millions of users all over the world. Nevertheless, access control doesn’t exist for users of the Tor network, which renders the network susceptible to malicious attacks and botnet abuse. For instance, adversaries often exploit exit relay nodes utilizing them as stepping stones for various forms of ... Read More »

Tor Update Supports v3 Onion Services

  The second latest alpha build of Tor, Tor 0.3.2.2-alpha, enabled the more secure “next-generation hidden services protocol” (aka v3 onion services). Tor Project President Roger Dingledine said that next generation hidden (onion) services fix security and design flaws found in the original or legacy hidden services. He explained that mistakes he had made in the 2004 onion service protocol ... Read More »

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Government Contractor Offers Million Dollar Bounty for Tor 0-Days

A cybersecurity company has offered bounties of up to 1 million US dollars for Tor Browser 0-day vulnerabilities. Zerodium’s Tor 0-day bounty program is open until November 30th at 6pm Eastern, or until Zerodium terminates the program after having issued 1 million dollars for Tor 0-days. The company has stated that it plans to sell these zero day exploits to ... Read More »

Decentralized Darknet Markets Have Arrived: OpenBazaar 2.0 Beta Launches with Support for Tor

  OpenBazaar recently launched the beta version of OpenBazaar 2.0, finally allowing people to anonymously buy and sell products with cryptocurrency. In January of this year a Developer Release of version 2.0 of the OpenBazaar software was released, followed by the alpha version. The previous releases of OpenBazaar 2.0 used a testnet, but now with the beta version of the ... Read More »

Czechs Turning to Tor as Privacy Concerns Increase

According to the Czech News Agency (ČTK), citing Pravo, the number of Czechs using Tor for access to the darknet is steadily increasing. They are not using it for “drugs, arms, or child porn,” for the most part, Pravo published in a late August edition. Czechs are using Tor out of a growing concern for their privacy and internet footprints. ... Read More »