Matt Edman is a cybersecurity expert who worked part time at The Tor Project almost 10 years ago. Since then, he developed a potent malware used by law enforcement to unmask Tor users. It’s already been used in multiple investigations by federal law enforcement and U.S. intelligence agencies in several high profile cases.
“It has come to our attention that Matt Edman, who worked with the Tor Project until 2009, subsequently was employed by a defense contractor working for the FBI to develop anti-Tor malware,” Tor confirmed in a statement after being contacted by the Daily Dot.
In 2008, Edman joined the Tor Project as a developer to work on Vidalia, a piece of software meant to make Tor easier for normal users by implementing a simple user interface. A graduate student then, pursuing a Ph.D. in computer science that he would obtain in 2011 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
The Baylor University graduate became part of the close knit pro privacy community, attending the developer meeting and contributing to Vidalia development. He wrote and contributed to research papers with the creators of Tor and helped