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Feds Are Suspects in New Malware That Attacks Tor Anonymity


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.

“It just sends identifying information to some IP in Reston, Virginia,” says reverse-engineer Vlad Tsyrklevich. “It’s pretty clear that it’s FBI or it’s some other law enforcement agency that’s U.S.-based.”

If Tsrklevich and other researchers are right, the code is likely the first sample captured in the wild of the FBI’s “computer and internet protocol address verifier,” or CIPAV, the law enforcement spyware first reported by WIRED in 2007.

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Comment by Dennis Treybil
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 I got a warning from my anti-virus software about an "I-frame" insert bug on this morning after viewing Buttar's interview on NNN.  I makes me wonder who all is being targeted.  AV software reported many compromised pages on that site.

DC Treybil

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