Researchers from Carnegie Mellon are being accused of helping the FBI exploit a vulnerability that allowed investigators to gather information on users of Tor, an online tool that allows individuals around the globe to browse the Internet anonymously.
Tor Project, the not-for-profit group behind the technology, said on Wednesday that academics from Carnegie Mellon University made “at least $1 million” by helping the FBI de-anonymize Tor users earlier this year during the course of a criminal investigation.
“Such action is a violation of our trust and basic guidelines for ethical research. We strongly support independent research on our software and network, but this attack crosses the crucial line between research and endangering innocent users,” Tor said in a statement.
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