At the moment there is a popular narrative surrounding the arrest and prosecution of the Silk Road's operator Ross Ulbricht that begins with sloppy OpSec and ends with lulzy High School murder for hire drama. between him and Federal Agents. I've covered the Silk Road Closing before.
Today in the Guardian Bruce Schneier has an article on how thoroughly the NSA has the Tor network owned. It goes all of the way to the Tor Foundation's "Official Browser Bundle."1 When put together with the reports from August that the DEA will coordinate with other law enforcement agencies to recreate investigations with the appearance of legal legitimacy using intelligence collected by the NSA and other agencies in the name of "National Security."
It looks like Ulbricht's biggest operational security mistake was in trusting the Tor network to work as advertised. As always kids, remember to secure your message as the channel it is travelling through is probably hostile.
- Not linked because I try not to link to malware [↩]