The anonymous web network Tor is getting tips, questions, and bug fixes from anonymous sources. The network suspects that these tips could be from an authentic secret agent. This has been evident from the efforts and length to which the anonymous tipster had gone to understand the bugs and read Tor’s codes.
Executive Director Andrew Lewman suspects that the tipster is a secret agent who could be could be from National Security Agency (NSA) and its UK counterpart, Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). Tor staff members have been receiving vulnerability alerts. The alert also details the flaws as well as more serious security issues which needs bigger decisions. Bug fixes have also been suggested in great details.
Executive Director Andrew Lewman also claims that these alerts are being received on a regular basis, once every month. Since the tips point out to subtle bugs and security flaws in the network, Andrew feels that the persons behind all these could be people who are into the intelligence business. The main purpose for this anonymous exercise could be to prevent co-intelligence workers from other agencies and companies from exploiting these loopholes.
Lewman further adds, “You have to think, ‘who are the type of people who’d be able to do this and have the expertise and the time to basically read Tor source code from scratch for hours, for weeks, for months and elucidate these super subtle bugs or other things that you probably don’t see in commercial software. We always have a grain of salt there where we think – ‘are they trying to figure out a bug to exploit or are they actually trying to leak to us,'”
Andrew Lewman is a part of software engineers who are responsible for Tor. Lewman had made these revelations in an interview to the BBC. Tor is often regarded as a dark web which is designed to prevent a user’s internet activity from being traced. There are reports that Tor is being utilized by pedophiles to share images of child abuse. Online drug marketplaces also use the network for conducting their business.