To protect Tor users from FBI hacking tools that include all sorts of Firefox zero-days, the Tor Project started working on a sandboxed version of the Tor Browser in September. Over the weekend, the Tor Project released the first alpha version of the sandboxed Tor Browser. “Currently, this version is in an early alpha stage, and only available for Linux,” reports BleepingComputer. “There are also no binaries available, and users must compile it themselves from the source code, which they can grab from here.”
In recent years, the FBI has developed and deployed Tor exploits in order to identify and catch crooks hiding their identity using Tor. While the FBI’s intentions appear to be good, the Tor Project knows that these types of exploits can be used for other actions besides catching pedophiles and drug dealers. An exploit that unmasks Tor users can be very easily used to identify political dissidents or journalists investigating cases of corrupt politicians. As such, protecting the Tor Browser against exploits and vulnerabilities that can expose the identity of its users is crucial.
Once developed by the FBI, the same exploits undoubtedly soon fall into the hands of repressive governments (China, Russia, the Arab nations) and civilian computer hackers around the world alike.
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