Thursday, May 15, 2014

TechEd: Microsoft says Tor cannot stop PRISM snoops and cyber crooks

HOUSTON: The Tor network can not protect web users from cyber criminals and state hackers, according to a top Microsoft security expert.

Andy Malone, Microsoft most valued professional in enterprise security and founder of the Cyber Crime Security Forum, said that despite the robust nature of the Tor network, its use of third-party add-ons means there are still ways to track, spy and steal data from its users.

"There is no such thing as really being anonymous on the internet. If [hackers and government agencies] want you, they will get you," he said.

"At the moment the Tor network's security has never been broken, but there are flaws around it that can be exploited.

"Tor leaks do occur through third-party apps and add-ons, like Flash. If I was doing forensics on you and thought you were on Tor I wouldn't attack the network I'd attack the weak areas around it."