Leaky login page and not NSA’s Tor-cracking expertise led agency to SR server
The infamous Silk Road Tor-based website was on quite a high (pun intended), having established itself as the internet’s largest illegal drug marketplace, when the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) shut it down in October, 2013. The agency also arrested a San Francisco-based man named Ross Ulbricht for masterminding the whole operation under the nom de guerre Dread Pirate Roberts. That man is now trying to have the court rule inadmissible all of the government’s evidence against him.
For privacy-minded types and people in repressed parts of the world, Tor is a valuable tool. The anonymity-enabling onion routing service does have a few drawbacks, however, including its sometimes sub-optimal connection speeds. Tor's browsing speeds have gotten noticeably better over recent months and years, and the poor connections may disappear completely if a proposal that's currently under consideration is adopted: actually paying people and organizations with fast connections to act as a Tor exit relay.
Irony, your name is Anonymous. The hacktivist group tosses DDoS bombs around with callous ease in an apparently never-ending quest against government and corporate “tyranny,” all behind the smiling, blank Guy Fawkes mask featured at the end of “V for Vendetta.” Sure, a silent crowd full of masked Anons can be creepy, but here’s the funny part: each Guy Fawkes mask bought by an Anon member puts cash into megacorporation Time Warner’s pockets.
Google's horrible new policy on using real names in Google+ effectively means that the service is now a danger to real people. You have to ask yourself why a company that pledged to not be evil would do this.