Feb 072016
 
 February 7, 2016  Court, Online, Surveillance

Joshua Kopstein writes:

The judge who authorized the FBI to hack 1,300 dark web users under a single warrant seems to be pretty confused about how the anonymity software Tor works. Newly unsealed documents suggest that the confusion stems from the US Department of Justice’s own arguments.

In the documents, the DOJ argues that Tor users have no reasonable expectation of privacy when it comes to their IP address. This is the same argument that the judge used to justify the FBI implanting malware onto a dark web site in order to grab user IP addresses. It’s also a counterintuitive point to make given that masking a computer’s IP address is the whole point of using Tor.

Read more on Motherboard.

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