Being accused of having hacked the Tor project in exchange for receiving payment from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Carnegie Melon denies accepting payment from the FBI for the attacks.
The Tor network is a volunteer group focused on providing their clients with increased internet security and anonymity. They employ proxy servers in order to hide their users, and also helps them reach sites otherwise unavailable to them because of various restrictions.
The website was hacked last year by a group based at the Carnegie Melon University, and not much was published on the matter
Last week, having found themselves in possession of new evidence, Tor put forward to the public their claim that the University was paid by the FBI for the attack.
The group insisted that the Federal Bureau paid Carnegie Melon to do a sweep of their servers so that they could detect anyone guilty of crimes and put them under arrest.
Yesterday, however, the University issued a statement in which they denied having received any money for their attack, much less the 1 million dollars that Tor claims they did.
The statement was carefully conceived, denying the payment, but not the attack. It also suggested that they might have been forced to take part, and the findings lawfully requisitioned.
According to Carnegie Melon, their Software Engineering Institute focuses on research and development and is federally funded. They specialize in software engineering and security issues. One of their main responsibilities is to find vulnerabilities in networks and software, so that the developers can fix them and make their products more secure.
The statement continues, claiming that occasionally the University is subpoenaed, and data is requested by the government regarding the research they’ve been doing. It also insists that all the information that is given away is done so under lawful subpoenas, that it abides by the law, and that they receive no money for their assistance.
This can lead to some pretty interesting developments over the course of the next couple of days, as it suggests that the FBI is taking advantage of its position of power, requesting private data to use in their investigations.
Even though it is legal, the morality of the issue is debatable. It can easily tie in to a much larger problem, brought to light ever since the Edward Snowden incident.
Should the government be allowed to know everything about its citizens? What do you think?
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