U.S. Federal authorities arrested Ross William Ulbricht–the alleged leader behind the Silk Road criminal marketplace–in San Francisco yesterday, reported multiple news outlets.
Authorities have also seized the Silk Road domain, which is estimated to have done $1.2 billion in illegal sales.
You might have already heard that last month’s traffic within the Tor network saw a significant increase. Over 1.2 million users during the month of August to be exact–that’s more than twice the amount of average traffic going through their network.
Tor, sometimes referred to as the “onion-routing” network, exists as a volunteer effort to conceal the identity of its users.
Conversely, Tor has also been used by criminals to peddle wares and offer illegal services. Continue reading
An Exploit for Mozilla’s Firefox version 17 is making headlines, not simply because it is a zero-day but mainly because it appears to be part of an operation to uncover the identity of people using the Tor Browser to view child pornography.
Last Saturday, it was reported that the FBI wanted to extradite who they called the ‘largest child-porn dealer on the planet’. The next day, several services offered by the Tor network ceased to exist, prompting many to look into the issue.
It wasn’t too long before malicious code that had been injected in a large number of hidden websites was uncovered. The code was not just your run-of-the-mill exploit, but a Zero-Day that affected a specific version of Firefox, one that happened to be bundled in the Tor Browser.
Security Level: Light
Purpose: To hide who you are while performing research through your browser.
- Hide your IP
- Easy to set up
- Can be run off of a USB stick
- Drive-by attacks can still lead to the infection of your host system.
- Can only hide traffic going out of HTTP port(s).
- Not meant for malware analysis.
- There are slight possibilities that your location might be discovered.
What you’ll need: