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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > TOR Recommended to Stay Away from Windows

TOR Recommended to Stay Away from Windows

TOR Recommended to Stay Away from Windows

Added: Saturday, August 17th, 2013
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extrattorrent.com, 2013
TOR is warning Internet users to abandon Windows after it was revealed that American spooks were spreading malware on the popular anonymizing network exploiting Firefox zero-day vulnerability. The latter allowed the FBI to use JavaScript code in order to harvest crucial identifying data on PCs visiting some services using The Onion Router network.


TOR developers suggest users to simply switch away from Windows. The matter is that the malicious Javascript which exploited zero-day vulnerability was created to target Windows PCs running Firefox 17 ESR, a version customized to view websites through TOR.

In the meantime, people using Linux and OS X remained unaffected. Although there’s nothing to stop the spooks writing a version of the code targeting Linux and OS X, it is still less likely to happen. It seems that the fake Javascript was planted on services where the attacker was interested to see who visited. It collected the hostname and MAC address of a user’s PC and sent it to a remote computer. This exploit was targeted specifically to unmask people using Tor Browser Bundle without really installing any backdoors on their host.

The TOR developers also recommended peoples to turn off Javascript by clicking the blue "S" by the green onion within the TOR browser. They explained that disabling JavaScript may reduce users’ vulnerability to other attacks similar to the last one. However, disabling JavaScript would make some online services not work like users expect. A future version of the browser will have an easier interface to allow people to configure their JavaScript settings. Although Mozilla has already patched the hole in Firefox, some users may still be using the earlier versions of the TOR Browser Bundle.

August 17th,2013

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Date:  Saturday, August 17th, 2013

Comments (17) (please add your comment »)

posted by Turtle (2013-08-17 15:20:49)
zacsawyer avatarMicrosoft and Mozilla seem rather complacent in their attitudes toward all this. MS has been in bed with the Feds for nearly 15 years, no surprise there, but Mozilla was touted as the hacker/slacker alternative. I can only hope they've allowed this to happen because of a government threat and didn't just rollover without a fight. MS simply doesn't care about their users and would have been out of business years ago without cooperating with the Feds.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET lover (2013-08-17 15:29:16)
Nan1977asdl avatarhmmm...its not easy to switch to Linux and OS X as I have accustomed with Windows
Feeling wired a little bit.

posted by ET junkie (2013-08-17 18:36:07)
No avatarFor all the genius behind TOR, you have to wonder what they were thinking with this recommendation. switch to linux or apple? if wanted to use them, i'd be using them already.

posted by (2013-08-17 21:41:37)
ShaunGeorge avatar@Nan1977asd You can get some user friendly GNU/Linux Distro's these days made easy for the MickySoft users switching over check out DistroWatch[dot]com - If you go to OSX your simply just swapping one evil for another, but if you want to go BSD I recommend PC-BSD which is also free OpenSource like GNU/Linux.

posted by men (2013-08-17 22:05:35)
ZerlindaX avatarI agree with the above comments.
There's a reason why Windows is the most popular OS
the world over. Switching from Windows to Linux is not
an option for millions of Window's users. Let alone
a maze of bureaucratic and legalistic complexities with
most Linux OS.

posted by ET lovermen (2013-08-17 22:52:13)
brods73 avatarall that and at the end it says the new version has a patch for it!! anyway dont the fbi know that hackers like to use linux and there is probably one written for it already...but saying that sites like silkroad and BMR has not helped tor....

posted by (2013-08-17 23:03:03)
No avatari agree..

posted by (2013-08-17 23:34:26)
ancientwolfgr avatarJeesh people, if its transferable, its imperceptible. If its imperceptible, is savable. If its savable, its open to dissemination. You'd have the cure for cancer and lack of sex if you quit wasting your time trying to hide.

posted by Blocked (2013-08-18 00:31:48)
Ap3x avatarif a person is using tor and allowing javascript, they obviously don't know what they're doing and shouldn't be using tor in the first place

posted by (2013-08-18 11:44:42)
No avatar@8 I had the same opinion at first, but I took a step back and listened to people's real-life views. It then occurred to me that some people are using the internet in Countries whose Governments' would cause serious harm to them if using torrent sites, downloading American movies, reading hostile neighbour's news pages for want of unwinding propaganda created by their own Country. There is so much more that goes on outside of our happy lives that we are not exposed to on a daily basis, that makes a simple criticism easy to portray.

On the other extreme; if said people are paedophiles or connected to any other network in such vain - they deserve being caught by the agencies that are very likely to be the source of such exploits.

posted by (2013-08-18 15:25:09)
love_space avatarThat was a great information thanks a lot

posted by (2013-08-18 17:34:14)
bipolar avatarinteresting read, thanks SaM

posted by (2013-08-18 18:21:20)
cyberjackcyberjack123 avatari use Linux anyway, but it was only a matter of time before this was going to happen. American government likes to have its beedy eye on everything

posted by (2013-08-18 21:17:12)
alchemy316 avatarubuntu etc is pretty user friendly beyond that at least try it in a vm setup before dedicating it to your hdd etc ..
i quad boot into caine, kali and ubuntu and win 7 ult when needed but not everyone can do that so as said use a vm look at some kidmode distros try them out trust me it will intall faster and look somewhat like what ypur used too

here is one that is very windows user friendly zorin-os

posted by Turtle (2013-08-18 23:43:36)
No avatarPuppy Linux is not only user friendly but you can even unplug your hard drive and boot off USB flash drives. No need to install, no fuss, works on older hardware. Most versions are under 150MB, easy to use and install, and are fully featured enough to use for daily use for everything but certain windows programs and games.

Also, if you want privacy, get familiar with linux with something like Puppy Linux, then transition to Liberte linux. (Encrypted, tor, etc)

Furthermore, if you're spoiled to the nastiness that is windows, you can get a heftier distro like Ubuntu etc. You don't need to be a geek to learn to use linux or install it.

I recommend starting with Puppy linux. It's very versatile, easy to use, has a large and active user and developer community, and will work even on a ten year old PC with no hard drive and you can even keep it(and your data) with you on a flash drive EASILY.

posted by (2013-08-19 07:28:10)
The_Ritty avatarok....? (above)

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2013-08-20 01:13:21)
Embolism avatarwhy install a new system at all just get a linux o/s on a cd/or pen drive and run it off the disk rather than install it,Debian and linux do live CD`s and there are plenty of choices.Try a few then install if you like a particular 1.

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