Just over a month after reports of a malware attack on the anonymous Tor network, the FBI told an Irish court that it was behind the shenanigans. But don’t worry, it was for a good cause.
The Tor hack was supposed to target associates of the Freedom Hosting’s operator Eric Eoin Marques who’s currently being detained in Dublin, Ireland for his involvement in a massive child pornography operation. Freedom Hosting has indeed been under suspicion of allowing kiddie porn on its servers for some time now, but the investigation took a turn for the technical when the Feds exploited a loophole in the version of Firefox that forms the basis for the Tor Browser Bundle.
The fun thing about this case — as with all of the NSA hacking business — is that the Feds’ actions appear to be totally legal. It’s just another case of a spying agency doing what it was designed to do: spy. And any of the innocent Tor users who were exposed along the way, well, too bad for them. Americans have a right to privacy. Except for when the government says they don’t. [Wired]