Christmas Day gamers ran into problems connecting their Xbox or Playstation to the internet thanks to a denial of service attack, and the hackers that have claimed credit are now naming a new target: online anonymity software Tor.
A group operating under the name “Lizard Squad” posted a series of tweets today about a planned zero-day attack, which target unnoticed weaknesses. In this case, that appears to be taking over the majority of Tor’s nodes: a series of points through which data sent over the Tor network travels. Tor protects users’ identities with these nodes, which obscure the origin of any data. Lizard Squad’s thought is if it controls enough of the nodes, information will no longer be anonymized.
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