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If you use this one 'secure' browser, assume hackers have your info

If you use this one 'secure' browser, assume hackers have your info
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An attack on the anonymous network Tor just got a public reveal.

Not sure what Tor is? Click here to learn all about how it keeps (or used to keep) its users anonymous.

Tor representatives believe the network was attacked by researchers at Carnegie Mellon's Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT). Anyone who used the site from February through July 4 of this year can expect that they were part of the hack and are no longer anonymous users.

The attack wasn't a malicious one. CERT was planning on giving a lecture on the possibility of revealing Tor users at the Black Hat Conference. The group has since canceled the talk, which leads to speculation that they've accomplished their feat.

Tor isn't yet sure about what data was taken and the extent of the hack, however, it's somewhat of a relief that it came from CERT.

"If this attack was in fact related to the research done by CERT/CMU for Black Hat, then - judging by the abstract the researchers wrote for their presentation - the attack did successfully deanonymize users and hidden services," advocate for the Tor Project Runa Sandvik told [Gizmodo].

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Source: Gizmodo
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