Tech at Night: TOR hacked. Bradley Manning could get 90 years. Christopher Poole profiting from sick behavior.

Tech at Night

For months I’ve been dreaming of the day that NSA could crack TOR. Well, it turns out, they did it. That child pornographer in Ireland I mentioned previously? It sounds like that’s how they got him.


TOR, aka The Onion Router, is a distributed network designed to let people do things online without their actions being traceable back to their locations. It failed.

In more good news, convicted spy Bradley Manning is facing 90 years in prison for working with fugitive rapist Julian Assange and his Wikileaks gang.

This is so disgusting: Users of Christopher Poole’s site 4chan are willfully tormenting the family of a dead teenager. Poole, aka ‘moot’, needs to do something about the sick community on his site. I hold him responsible for his continued failure to act. His site is a hub for criminal and anti-social activity. He does nothing to stop it, instead choosing to profit from it.

The President’s continued modesty on cybersecurity continues. It seems to me that in this climate he thinks he has no chance of a power grab, so more voluntary, incentive-based cybersecurity measures are being pushed from the Barack Obama White House. I have no problem with this.

The IP Revolution is coming, FCC needs to get out of the way and let innovation happen, as Commissioner Ajit Pai has previously written at RedState.

I disagree that a breakdown of negotiations between CBS and Time Warner should lead to new regulations. If people are “losing access” to programming, it’s because CBS is choosing it to be so. Note that CBS’s Internet actions against Time Warner violate Net Neutrality, but since those regulations don’t apply to edge service providers, it’s not illegal if they do it. Remember when I said Net Neutrality was about picking sides? Yeah. Time to deregulate and let the people decide in the marketplace.


I’ve complained for a long while in this space about the criminalization of copyright. Barack Obama wants to enhance that, by making illegal streaming a felony. Remember all those digital libertarians who voted for Obama? Let’s point and laugh at their stupidity.

When it comes to internet access, we constantly need reminded that Americans have choice. There’s no monopoly. There’s no duopoly. Both despite, not because of, government regulatory efforts.


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