Unprotected Wi-Fi, obvious root password hampers Anonabox security efforts
The Anonabox, the controversial privacy-minded Internet router, has suffered another blow as more security issues have been uncovered. Though the device does protect users by pushing traffic through the Tor network, it has been discovered the $100 routers themselves have security flaws that can allow outside sources to control the device, as well as being able to monitor Internet use.
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.
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.
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.
Malware collects data about Tor users, forwards to FBI contractor
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.
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.