FBI Can Obtain A Warrant If You Run Tor Come December

Plenty of Bitcoin users use Tor to access the Internet and the deep web. Up until now there was nothing particularly wrong with that, but a new ruling may change that scenario altogether. If this ruling is to be approved, any federal magistrate judge can issue a search and seizure warrant for anyone who uses Tor or similar software to remain anonymous on the Internet.

Using Tor Might Become “Illegal.”

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Many consumers will argue that someone who has nothing to hide would have no need for anonymous software solutions such as Tor. However, given the limited number of privacy-centric options to browse the World Wide Web, Tor and consorts are becoming more and more popular every month.

Unfortunately that success has not gone by unnoticed, as the US Supreme Court has approved a rule change that will shake things up like never before. By granting every federal magistrate judge the right to issue a warrant for anyone using Tor, anonymity on the Internet may become a serious offense. Moreover, if the US Congress does not undertake action to fight this ruling, it will go into effect as soon as December 2016.

As a result, the FBI can then legally search computers running Tor remotely, even if they have no idea where the machine is located or what it is being used for. Simply having anonymity software installed on a computer would be reason enough for the FBI to investigate that user to “combat cyber crime.”

This ruling approval comes on the heels of media headlines detailing how over 1 million consumers use Tor to access Facebook. For every single illegal use case for anonymity software, there are hundreds, if not thousands legal ones. If this ruling gets approved, many innocent users will be spied upon by the FBI for no reason whatsoever.

Moreover, this would allow the FBI to spy on Bitcoin users all over the world if they use Tor software to anonymize their wallets as well. Ever since the shutdown of Silk Road, law enforcement agencies have been looking at ways to track Bitcoin users’ identities on the dark web. While nothing has been set in stone yet, this ruling is a grave concern for privacy in the US and beyond.

Source: The Last American Vagabond

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  • Cyberdexter

    Ridiculous. Part of “the war on cyber crime” bullshit they are trying to feed us.

    • Steven Saxton

      Right. More like a war on God given rights and privacy!

      • tigers are awesome

        Like you would know… Bernie supporter.

        • dgaf

          What does that even mean. He would know because he’s a bernie supporter.

          • tigers are awesome

            Because bernie supporters disregard rights and property rights like they are nothing. That’s why I said that.

    • Smells like rabbiT pellets, a close relative to BS only less smelly.

  • F0x

    This is a prime example of clickbaity and lackadaisical journalism. Obviously the author has not taken more than 5 minutes out of his/her time to even read the officially -proposed- amendments. Tor is not illegal, nor will it be illegal in the U.S.

    • Daniel S. Thompson

      The author nowhere states that Tor “illegal.”

      • Niq Digler

        That’s correct. It only says it is PROBABLE cause for a warrant to be issued.

        • Fu Manchu

          Which is a bit like saying someone who shuts the blinds in their home is now suspected of committing a crime…

          • secret societies

            i have heard cocks i mean cops say if you have nothing to hide then you won’t mind us searching you. next time i am going to say “you have nothing to hide but i still need to look through your underwear drawer”. the police are the dumbest fucking people on the planet that have way too much authority than their little minds can fathom.

        • secret societies

          the same probable cause that results in people getting shot numerous times for twitching let alone
          actually doing something. the NWO doesn’t want to be left out of the loop on anything and this Tor has to be a big thorn in their ass. Good

        • HairyHerry

          Then Probable Cause becomes Reasonable Suspicion after these goons get well-trained.

    • flickerKuu

      He didn’t say it was illegal. It’s an instant warrant ok, maybe you should read the article.

  • David McClintock

    Where are the civil liberties lawyers fighting this? Oh that’s right. There are none…

    • HairyHerry

      They’re fighting for the illegals and LBGT’ers. Even some minorities are getting left behind.

      • srpcel7

        No kidding. They’re with the justice department mysteriously finding racism in every case they look into. Racism = bad. Discrimination = bad. However, losing all our freedoms to what have become the 3 branches of dictatorial leadership (legislative, executive, judicial) = much, much worse. Can’t we maybe create a small task force or two to address racism and discrimination against LGBT, and many other groups and focus the majority of resources on protecting the rights of everyone. Classic case of throwing the baby out with the bathwater!

        • David McClintock

          How much are you getting paid per hour as a disinformation agent?

  • flickerKuu

    “Many consumers will argue that someone who has nothing to hide would have no need for anonymous software solutions”

    Many consumers are idiots who seem to trust Target with their credit card.

    • Jeremy

      The Soccer Mom Bloc; the most influential group of voters there is and the reason the country is heading down the toilet because all you have to do is say something like “think of the children!” and they’ll eat up any propaganda you feed them.

  • Acid OveRider


  • Chad Morgan

    We are allowed our freedom. WE are not subject to illegal search and seizures for no cause. Kind of against the bill of rights. This country is ran by fucking idiots that need to be put out to pasture.

  • RAM

    This will be very bad for U.S. public relations, as the FBI will be knowingly spying on citizens of other countries. Things may get pretty heated. Hope nobody starts a war over this.

  • d0x360

    And what is the name of this 5th amendment breaking bill? I find this story incredibly hard to believe

  • PendragonUK

    As someone that lives outside the USA what of my civil liberties? I’m a citizen of a EU country, I can’t imagine the Brussels government being overly happy about US agencies infringing the civil liberties of its citizens. What you guys get up to in your own country really is your own business and nothing to do with me. However the way your lawmakers talk and behave, they have no respect for international boards and the whole concept of national jurisdiction.

    • srpcel7

      You’re right, no doubt. The US government is chock full of hypocrites and idiots. But, look at the UK…they can be arrested for being racist. Last I checked, that’s not really cause for arrest. If you were to actually act out on your racist beliefs and hurt or discriminate against someone because of their race, then you should be held accountable. But, just for being rude? That’s not enough in my book. (I’m specifically referring to the case of the racist gesture of one Chelsea fan at Stamford Bridge in Dec 2012. They tracked that guy down and arrested him (no charges were filed, but still). Just for being stupid.)

  • m-p{3}

    This is why projects like TAILS are important.

  • Jennifer Swanson

    Everyone run tor. Tell your family friends relatives.. If you can get millions and millions we will crash their system

    • TVMan

      You do it and after a few months check back in and tell how it went. If looks like fun we’ll join in.

  • Mike

    Just another step towards Communism !!!

  • Swapster_com

    Why im an anarchist. Unaccountable thugs are what we have as government. And not for nothing, but they are the very same people that create the terrorists with their actions and policy. Humans should outlaw large centralized governments and outlaw all acts of war.

    • DuckMaster180

      Because outlawing all acts of war is surely a guaranteed way to stop anyone from doing it.

  • Niko Slavik

    Looks like its time to move cross seas

    • James Van Damme

      The St. Lawrence River oughta do it. Only 100 miles for me.

  • miguel thecreditor

    time to sue as a flesh and blood man to the U.S. corp for monetary as civil and emotional damages clog they system and they will back down, if you do not exercise your rights you have none!

  • srpcel7

    It’s a carte blanche license for the FBI to look into anyone. Using Tor will just be the tipping point, to get the judge over the line and issue the warrant…no matter what actual charges the FBI is interested in filing. That’s dangerous.

  • Imagine if the FBI DID one day have control of every single piece of technology ever made. What if some hacker were to hack the system? They could shut every single goddamn thing that uses electricity, they’d probably seize control of the FBI themselves, and they’d control us like mindless puppets.

    THIS is why this no-privacy bullshit needs to stop.

  • BitcoinTeo

    Fu fbi why dont you go after the real criminals like #clinton #killery and her bloodthirsty pals in #pizzagate… #fbifail again…

  • Muni_Corp_Citizen

    Nothing to hide? Than why shut your window blinds at night?
    Look at these bureaucrats trying to turn the West into China. They will lose this game of whack-a-mole.