http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-1 ... -did-.html
Last month, we learned that the anonymity protocols that are Tor’s reason for existence had been hacked, apparently by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which was investigating an alleged purveyor of child pornography. Then, last week, we were reminded that some 60 percent of the budget of the Tor Project comes from the federal government, including a whopping 40 percent from the Department of Defense. (Tor responded in an e-mail published in the Washington Post that these are research grants, and the U.S. does not control its research or software.)
Now, most unkindly of all, Technology Review is piling on. This week, the popular technology site reported a study by the same researchers at the University of Luxembourg who earlier in the year found a major security flaw at Tor. (They informed Tor of the problem, and it has been repaired.) In their new study, the researchers have unpeeled a few layers of Tor’s celebrated onion of anonymity, releasing a tabulation of the most popular among Tor’s “hidden services” -- that is, sites that can be accessed only via Tor itself.
The news wasn’t good.
For a site whose glory has long been the image of the courageous freedom fighter in, say, Syria bravely sending messages to the world, the results were depressing: “Of the top twenty most popular Tor addresses, eleven are command and control centres for botnets, including all of the top five. Of the rest, five carry adult content, one is for Bitcoin mining and one is the Silk Road marketplace. Two could not be classified.” It gets even worse: “The FreedomHosting address is only the 27th most popular address,” according to Technology Review.
Zie ook: http://www.nu.nl/internet/3593890/nsa-g ... poren.html