Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Are you really anonymous on the TOR network? Federal Cybersecurity Director Found Guilty on Child Porn Charges

Federal Cybersecurity Director Found Guilty on Child Porn Charges

BY KIM ZETTER WIRED MAGAINZE.

"Tor is free software that lets users surf the web anonymously. Using the Tor browser, the traffic of users is encrypted and bounced through a network of computers hosted by volunteers around the world before it arrives at its destination, thus masking the IP address from which the visitor originates. "

"As the acting cybersecurity chief of a federal agency, Timothy DeFoggi should have been well versed in the digital footprints users leave behind online when they visit web sites and download images.

But DeFoggi—convicted today in Maryland on three child porn charges including conspiracy to solicit and distribute child porn—must have believed his use of the Tor anonymizing network shielded him from federal investigators.
He’s the sixth suspect to make this mistake in Operation Torpedo, an FBI operation that targeted three Tor-based child porn sites and that used controversial methods to unmask anonymized users."

Link to the full article.

What's the takeaway?  Never believe you are completely secure in your dealings with any method of communication.