Lizard Squad Targets Anonymity Network Tor


Lizard squad, the infamous group of hackers responsible for the Xbox live and Playstation Network outage in christmas eve, has announced a new target "Tor".

Tor is free software for enabling online anonymity and resisting censorship. It is designed to make it possible for users to surf the Internet anonymously, so their activities and location cannot be discovered by government agencies, corporations, or anyone else.
The hacker group attempting to take control over Tor's relays to compromise anonymity in the Tor network. Reports says that the group owns over 3000 relays, nearly half of the total number.


Computer programmer Nadim Kobeissi tweeted this morning, "There's a total of ~8,000 Tor relays - @LizardMafia now owns almost half of them. Big implications on Tor anonymity."

Tor project released a statement about the attack:

"This looks like a regular attempt at a Sybil attack: the attackers have signed up many new relays in hopes of becoming a large fraction of the network. But even though they are running thousands of new relays, their relays currently make up less than 1% of the Tor network by capacity. We are working now to remove these relays from the network before they become a threat, and we don't expect any anonymity or performance effects based on what we've seen so far."

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