Researchers at the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have been accused by the Tor Project for accepting $1 million from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. According to Tor, the researchers were helping the FBI to deanonymize users of the anonymous browser in order for the FBI to track them. We already published an article about the busts (Silk Road 2 and a child porn case) that were potentially made with the help of the Carnegie Mellon University.
”The Tor Project has learned more about last year’s attack by Carnegie Mellon researchers on the hidden service subsystem. Apparently these researchers were paid by the FBI to attack hidden services users in a broad sweep, and then sift through their data to find people whom they could accuse of crimes.”
”We have been told that the payment to CMU was at least $1 million. There is no indication yet that they had a warrant or any institutional oversight by Carnegie Mellon’s Institutional Review Board. We think it’s unlikely they could have gotten a valid warrant for CMU’s attack as conducted since it was not narrowly tailored to target criminals or criminal activity,