Security researchers studying malware that exploits a hole in the Firefox browser’s security to unmask users of the privacy-protecting Tor anonymity network suspect that the author of the malicious code is…wait for it…the U.S. government. Journalists and human rights activists depend on Tor and services like it to evade surveillance or protect users’ privacy. But the hidden services have found themselves in U.S. law enforcement’s crosshairs because they cloak the activities of criminals such as Eric Eoin Marques, who was recently described by an FBI special agent as “the largest facilitator of child porn on the planet.” A Sunday attack on several websites hosted by Freedom Hosting originated at “some IP in Reston, Virginia,” security engineer Vlad Tsyrklevich told Wired. “It’s pretty clear that it’s FBI or it’s some other law enforcement agency that’s U.S.-based.” So much for China being the … [Read more...] about This Week in Cybercrime: Is there Anonymity on Anonymity Networks?
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Coders have developed a Firefox variant, Torpark, that allows users to go online without worrying about the government, Internet service providers (ISPs) or others tracking their Internet activity.Released by a self-described group of computer security experts and human rights workers that calls itself Hacktivismo, Torpark is an anonymous, portable Web browser that is based on Mozilla's Firefox and is available for free under the GNU General Public License (GPL).The browser, which is pre-configured and requires no installation, can run from a USB memory stick and is aimed at cloaking online activity from both the browser and user's computer, the group said."We live in a time [in which] acquisition technologies are cherry-picking and collating every aspect of our online lives," said Hacktivismo founder Oxblood Ruffin. "Torpark continues Hacktivismo's commitment to expanding privacy rights on the Internet."The issue of online privacy has become more significant in recent years because … [Read more...] about Free Torpark App Enables Anonymous Browsing
The latest edition of Simplicity Linux, version 15.4, recently became available for download. Simplicity Linux delivers just what its name suggests: It is a simpler way to run a fully powered Linux desktop on any computer you touch.Simplicity lets you carry your entire desktop, favorite installed applications, and complete collection of documents and files in your pocket everywhere you go. Other Linux distros let you do much the same thing -- but solutions like Puppy Linux, Porteus, Knoppix and such take a bit more technical prowess to set up and configure.Simplicity Linux does all of the heavy lifting, well, more simply. If you already know Puppy Linux, consider Simplicity Linux a close family cousin that will bring new life to your computing.One compelling reason for using Simplicity Linux is its desktop improvement. Simplicity Linux uses the LXDE desktop environment rather than Openbox. This choice by the distro's lone developer, David Purse, is critical. It puts a more contemporary … [Read more...] about LINUX PICKS AND PANS Simplicity Linux Makes Good on Its Easy-Peasy Promise
It's been difficult to hear ourselves think here in the Linux blogosphere lately, what with all the distractions that have been thrown our way.We've had the NSA casting aspersions on Linux users; we've had the IRS looking askance at FOSS. We've even had the well-respected Tor Project sucked into a lawsuit over revenge porn, of all things.Ready for the latest? None other than this: "Is Firefox dying a slow death?"That, indeed, was the headline over at ITworld, and variations on the theme could be heard elsewhere in the blogosphere as well."Firefox web browser popularity wanes" was the version over at ZDNet; "the popularity of Firefox is definitely waning!" was the opinion of another blogger.Numerous anxious discussions soon popped up throughout the Linux blogosphere -- including two (here and here) on LXer alone -- so Linux Girl knew it was time to learn more. "The numbers tell the story here," offered Google+ blogger Kevin O'Brien. "Firefox is losing market share, and it is losing it … [Read more...] about LINUX BLOG SAFARI Is Firefox in a Fix?