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posted by janrinok on Monday November 10 2014, @06:14PM   Printer-friendly
from the your-help-is-needed dept.

Little is known about how U.S. and European law enforcement shut down more than 400 websites, including Silk Road 2.0, which used technology that hides their true IP addresses. The websites were set up using a special feature of the Tor network, which is designed to mask people’s Internet use using special software that routes encrypted browsing traffic through a network of worldwide servers.

The Tor Project, is a nonprofit that relies in part on donations. The project “currently doesn’t have funding for improving the security of hidden services,” wrote Andrew Lewman, the project’s executive director, in a blog post on Sunday. ( )

It is possible that a remote-code execution vulnerability has been found in Tor’s software, or that the individual sites had flaws such as SQL injection vulnerabilities. But Lewman wrote The Tor Project had little information on the methods used by law enforcement in the latest action.

“Tor is most interested in understanding how these services were located and if this indicates a security weakness in Tor hidden services that could be exploited by criminals or secret police repressing dissents,” he wrote.


Can anybody help Andrew Lewman understand what happened ?

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  • (Score: 2) by Sir Finkus on Tuesday November 11 2014, @01:37AM

    by Sir Finkus (192) on Tuesday November 11 2014, @01:37AM (#114698) Journal

    There's an interesting thread on the Tor mailing lists where one of the admins of a seized site posted their logs.
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    It looks to me that there are a few possible attacks on the site that could have been law enforcement prodding for weaknesses. In the case of SR 2.0, that just seems like a case of bad opsec by the admins. The site had been compromised by undercovers since May. The head admin was also administrating the site over clearnet, and any of the other admins could see access logs with his real ip. I'd imagine it's pretty easy to pwn a site if you're an admin on it.

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  • (Score: 2) by The Mighty Buzzard on Tuesday November 11 2014, @01:44AM

    FTFY []

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