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Title    Tor Project Mulls How Feds Took Down Hidden Websites
Date    Monday November 10 2014, @06:14PM
Author    janrinok
Topic   
from the your-help-is-needed dept.
https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=14/11/10/1510242

AnonTechie writes that the Tor Project is asking the same question that we did on Saturday:

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. ( https://blog.torproject.org/blog/thoughts-and-concerns-about-operation-onymous )

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.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2845352/tor-project-mulls-how-feds-took-down-hidden-websites.html

[Related]: https://blog.torproject.org/blog/hidden-services-need-some-love

Can anybody help Andrew Lewman understand what happened ?

Links

  1. "AnonTechie" - https://soylentnews.org/~AnonTechie/
  2. " same question" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=14/11/08/154250&tid=15

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