In what must surely be the best advert for Tor yet, the elusive electronic music maestro Aphex Twin has announced his new album Syro — his first in 13 years — through a webpage that can only be viewed through the anonymizing network. Those who haven’t downloaded the Tor Browser can still view a similar page in a boring old non-anonymizing browser, but all they’ll get is the information about their ISP and IP address, not the track-listing nor album title. The Tor-only .onion page is part of the “Deep Web”, a below-the-surface scene of hidden services that can’t be crawled by normal search engines.
After it identified a group of malicious relays that ran for over 5 months this year, Tor has issued a security advisory warning those running hidden services on its network to change up their locations, and those running Tor relays to make sure their software is up-to-date.
Multiple so-called “hidden service addresses” have disappeared, possibly due to an FBI-linked takedown of an Irish host that carried child porn images. Whatever happened, it seems a flaw in the private Tor browser was exploited.
What a week in tech – the new iPad Mini and Microsoft Surface. And more is yet to come. Perhaps that is why you need a dose of non-tech refresh this weekend, so here are some pieces about Euro car crisis, Rio and Frank Sintara.