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Attack on Tor Has Likely Stripped Users of Anonymity

futurejournalismproject:

Via Gizmodo:

Tor, the network used specifically for privacy and anonymity, just warned users of an attack meant to deanonymize people on the service. Anyone who used Tor from February 2014 through this July 4 can assume they were impacted.

Who’s behind the attacks? It appears researchers from Carnegie Mellon. Via The Verge:

The Tor team suspects the CERT division of Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute (SEI). Earlier this month, CERT abruptly canceled a Black Hat conference talk called “You Don’t Have to be the NSA to Break Tor: Deanonymizing Users on a Budget.” The NSA has famously attempted to break Tor, to limited success.

So what’s the big deal?: If it was the team from CERT, consider the attack a proof of concept. If they can get in, so to can more malicious actors. According to The Guardian, the CERT talk at the Black Hat conference would explain “how anyone with $3,000 could de-anonymise users of Tor.”

Somewhat related: US Government increases funding for Tor, via The Guardian.

Tor, the internet anonymiser, received more than $1.8m in funding from the US government in 2013, even while the NSA was reportedly trying to destroy the network.

According to the Tor Project’s latest annual financial statements, the organisation received $1,822,907 from the US government in 2013. The bulk of that came in the form of “pass-through” grants, money which ultimately comes from the US government distributed through some independent third-party.

Sorta Somewhat Related, Tinfoil Hat Edition: Back in January, Reuters reported that the NSA funneled $10 million to RSA, a computer security firm whose encryption tools are an industry standard. The Reuters report indicates that the funding helped ensure that a less secure encryption system was used as the default setting in an RSA “software tool called Bsafe that is used to enhance security in personal computers and many other products.”

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"To have to take those kind of steps makes journalists feel like they’re criminals. I don’t think we are."

upworthy:

The Video About Israel-Gaza You Can Share With Your Friends That (Hopefully) Won’t Offend Them

It’s nearly impossible not to be upset about the Israel-Gaza conflict. It’s heartbreaking to watch, and simultaneously, we’re inundated with opinions from every direction telling us whom we should blame. This video, however, does an admirable job explaining the current situation without pointing fingers at one particular side.

This explains the recent events, but doesn’t really get into why the situation is as bad as it is. I understand the history is outside the scope of this video, so I don’t fault the makers for that, but I still think it needs to be noted.

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journolist:

The Palestinian children killed by Israeli military forces - visualized. 

My 5-year-old World Vision sponsored girl, Malak, is in Rafah. I’m waiting to see her name on Al Jazeera’s “Naming the Dead” list. But even if she’s never on there, other children are, so I’m saddened no matter what.

(Source: standwithpalestine)

Jul 4

‘Obama and Holder are not our friends’ | Al Jazeera America

"What astonishes is that a president who campaigned on a promise of ending the extreme secrecy of the George W. Bush administration has become a zealot for secrecy and has fought accountability from the first full day of his administration."

It’s a warning to all journalists that they could one day face a similar trial and conviction simply for carrying out their official duties. This feeds into a wider picture of a politicised judiciary and the use of trials to crack down on all opposition voices

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Mohamed Lotfy, executive director of the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms, responds to the sentencing of three Al-Jazeera staff in Egypt.

Read more: Al-Jazeera journalists jailed for seven years in Egypt | World news | theguardian.com

CNN also has a #FreeAJstaff timeline. 

(via onaissues)

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