Oct 4, 2013

The NSA Hasn't Hacked Tor... Yet

English: Tor Logo
English: Tor Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In the latest revelation from NSA whitleblower, Edward Snowden, it turns out that the NSA and Britain's GCHQ have been targeting the Tor anonymity network. Why? Because that's where the hackers, and criminals play!

Of course, those of us who value our privacy play there too, but that's neither here nor there...

Anyway, although the NSA and GCHQ have some proof of concepts, they have yet to actually hack it according to Snowden!

Via RT:
According to the Guardian’s James Ball, Bruce Schneier and Glenn Greenwald, the NSA’s “current successes against Tor rely on identifying users and then attacking vulnerable software on their computer.”

While it seems that the NSA has not compromised the core security of the Tor software or network, the documents detail proof-of-concept attacks, including several relying on the large-scale online surveillance systems maintained by the NSA and GCHQ through internet cable taps,” the writers add.

The Guardian has so far published three top-secret government slideshows used to discuss the Tor network and possible vulnerabilities that might compromise users if properly exploited.
So they haven't hacked Tor, but they have found ways to exploit user's computers rather than the Tor network itself. We actually knew that back in August when we learned that there was a vulnerability in the Windows version of the Tor Browser Bundle. Linux and Mac versions were uneffected though.

So be sure to keep using Tor. As of now it is still effective it would seem. Also make sure that you keep your Tor software up-to-date, and make sure to disable javascript, and cookies as that is the primary method they use to compromise you.

Also, don't forget that Tor is built into Bauer-Puntu Linux!
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