Tor-provided web anonymity not PRISM-proof – Microsoft security guru


CYBER INTELLIGENCE CENTER

The Tor anonymity network cannot provide internet users shelter from government hackers and cyber criminals, a top Microsoft security expert has revealed.

“There is no such thing as really being anonymous on the internet. If [hackers and government agencies] want you, they will get you,” Andy Malone, of Microsoft Enterprise Security and founder of the Cyber Crime Security Forum, said at the Microsoft TechEd North America 2014.

While The Onion Router (Tor) remains more resilient than alternatives such as virtual private networks, cyber criminals are able to exploit weaknesses in the system.

“At the moment the Tor network’s security has never been broken, but there are flaws around it that can be exploited,” Malone said.

One such example is the fact that Tor still uses third-party add-ons, allowing snoops to track, monitor and steal data from its users.

“Tor leaks do occur through third-party apps and add-ons, like Flash. If…

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