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Tor Project says FBI paid Carnegie Mellon $1m to unveil Tor users


In November 2014, a far-flung, multi-nation bust, dubbed Operation Onymous, snared 410+ supposedly hidden services running 27 markets, including Silk Road 2.0, stripping away the concealing layers of the Tor anonymizing service to lay identities bare.

Ever since, the keepers of Tor - the Tor Project - have been trying to puzzle out how the FBI pulled aside the curtain on the Tor network, which is designed to mask users' identity by means of software that routes encrypted browsing traffic through a network of worldwide servers.

Now, the non-profit Tor Project says that the FBI did it by using a technique discovered by Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) researchers, and that the university earned a serious amount of coin in the deal.

In a blog post published Wednesday, Tor Project Director Roger Dingledine said that Tor has been told that CMU received a payment of "at least $1 million."

He didn't identify the informant. Nor did he offer further evidence.

But as it is, there's...(continued)

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