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Crowdfunding Critic: Anonabox Tor hardware router

10/14, 1:26pm

Kickstarter campaign for Anonabox vastly exceeds target in first day

Welcome to another edition of Crowdfunding Critic, an article series where the staff of MacNN and Electronista will highlight a new crowdfunded project from sites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo, with this edition focusing on the popular Anonabox. As always, we are not endorsing a project or warning of any potential funding risks associated with crowdfunded projects, so it is advisable to do your own research before investing.

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Tor compromised earlier in year, relay attack to 'deanonymize' users

07/30, 3:42pm

Tor network attacks allowed for users to be revealed

The Tor Project announced on its blog today that the service suffered two different types of attacks in an attempt to uncover information that could remove the anonymity of sources accessing hidden services. Tor states that the attackers are so far unknown, but it says that anyone that accessed any hidden services from the beginning of February through July 4 should assume they've been affected by the attack.

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The Pirate Bay celebrates 10th anniversary by launching web browser

08/10, 8:38pm

PirateBrowser to use Tor for circumventing connection blocks

The Pirate Bay has launched its own web browser, as part of its tenth-anniversary celebrations. The browser, dubbed "PirateBrowser," is a combination of Firefox 23 and a Tor client, which the BitTorrent site hopes will allow users to be able to access the site, which is currently blocked from view by a considerable number of Internet service providers.

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Child porn bust takes down half of Tor network; fed malware spotted

08/05, 10:49pm

Malware collects data about Tor users, forwards to FBI contractor

Following the arrest of a Freedom Hosting service provider supervisor in Ireland, whom law enforcement has referred to as "the largest facilitator of child porn on the planet," some reports have surfaced of a JavaScript exploit of vulnerabilities in the anonymizing Tor Browser bundle. The exploit compromises Firefox, and forces the browser to send the computer's regular IP address to a Verizon IP address along with information on Tor sites visited to a data farm located in Reston, Virginia that is associated with US law enforcement.

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Book publisher Tor to remove DRM from e-books in July

04/24, 7:20pm

Future Tor Books to be DRM-free

Tor Books, the fantasy and sci-fi publisher, plans to remove DRM from its entire library of e-books by July. This move makes Tor one of the largest book publishers to have shied away from DRM protection.

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T-Mobile USA's optional censorship blocks clean, legal sites

03/25, 6:20pm

T-Mobile USA Web Guard seen overreaching

An optional web censoring filter used by T-Mobile's US division, Web Guard has been found stretching too far in a new study by the Open Observatory of Network Interference. As implemented so far, it not only blocks the intended 'adult' sites but a number of clean sites, such as Cosmopolitan magazine, the Internet Archive, French TV guide Programme, and many others that have no reason to be blocked. In a degree of irony, it blocks the page for the censorship circumvention of the Tor Project, religious site Kath, and a redirect page that results from Italy's own national filter.

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