Latest Tor publications

NSA may be linked to hard drive firmware hacking across 12 major manufacturers

Russian security firm Kaspersky has presented strong evidence that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been involved in a globally-organised hacking campaign aimed at the firmware of hard drives. Kaspersky put forward the possibility of ‘tens of thousands of victims’ in over 30 countries, with victims centred in critical fields including aerospace, nuclear research, government,… Read More

Russia readying for attempt to ban Tor, VPNs and other anonymising tools

Russian authorities have made a concerted series of announcements regarding the future of online anonymising software Tor for the country’s 143 million residents, who constitute Tor’s third largest user-base – concluding that it has none. On 5th February Leonid Levin, Chairman of the Duma Committee on Information Policy, Information Technologies and Communications, proposed to consider… Read More

81% of Tor users can be de-anonymised by analysing router information, research indicates

Research undertaken between 2008 and 2014 suggests that more than 81% of Tor clients can be ‘de-anonymised’ – their originating IP addresses revealed – by exploiting the ‘Netflow’ technology that Cisco has built into its router protocols, and similar traffic analysis software running by default in the hardware of other manufacturers. Professor Sambuddho Chakravarty, a former… Read More

‘Operation Onymous’ seizes hundreds of underground drug and weapons cybermarkets

A joint cybercrime initiative, involving 16 European countries and the US, has arrested 17 suspects globally this week, Europol announced today. The European police agency has rounded up cybercriminals linked to the drugs trade and weapons market in an investigation known as ‘Operation Onymous.’ US authorities revealed yesterday that the underground drugs cybermarket site, Silk Road… Read More

UK National Crime Agency chief joins governments’ call for reduced online privacy

In the wake of vocal criticism by the FBI and the U.S. Attorney General of the increased personal security offered by new technologies such as Tor and client-side encryption, the UK’s National Crime Agency chief Keith Bristow has said in an interview to The Guardian that Britons will need to accept reduced digital freedoms in order to continue… Read More