Public Service Announcement:
If you’ve been relying on Firefox and The Onion Router (Tor) for online anonymity/security, it may be time to reconsider …
Security researchers tonight are poring over a piece of malicious software that takes advantage of a Firefox security vulnerability to identify some users of the privacy-protecting Tor anonymity network.
The malware showed up Sunday morning on multiple websites hosted by the anonymous hosting company Freedom Hosting. That would normally be considered a blatantly criminal “drive-by” hack attack, but nobody’s calling in the FBI this time. The FBI is the prime suspect.
Things change. Sometimes they change fast. And although the forces of freedom usually have an edge tech-wise, sometimes the state scores. Beware.
Update: A comment via email from William Gillis seems worth reproducing in its entirety: