Tor Browser Android Alpha to be Released

The developers recommend using the application together with Orbot before the release of the full version
10 September 2018   423

Tor announced the launch of alpha testing of the official Android application. Installation files are published at Google Play and on the official website. Creators promise multi-layer encryption and anonymity, and with the release of a full version - built-in proxy.

Tor Android
Tor Android

Features

  • BLOCK TRACKERS
    • Tor Browser isolates each website you visit so third-party trackers and ads can’t follow you. Any cookies automatically clear when you’re done browsing.
  • DEFEND AGAINST SURVEILLANCE
    • Prevent someone watching your connection from knowing what websites you visit. All anyone monitoring your browsing habits can see is that you’re using Tor.
  • RESIST FINGERPRINTING
    • Tor aims to make all users look the same, so Tor Browser for Android makes it difficult for you to be fingerprinted based on your browser and device information.
  • MULTI-LAYERED ENCRYPTION
    • When you use Tor Browser for Android, your traffic is relayed and encrypted three times as it passes over the Tor network. The network is comprised of thousands of volunteer-run servers known as Tor relays. 
  • BROWSE FREELY
    • With Tor Browser for Android, you are free to access sites your local internet service provider may have blocked.

The developers recommend using the application together with Orbot before the release of the full version. 

Ethereum VM May Have Vulnerability

The vulnerability is reported by NettaLab Twitter account
12 November 2018   146

On November 9, a statement appeared in Netta Lab’s Twitter account that the organization discovered a vulnerability in the Ethereum virtual machine that allows to execute smart contracts endlessly without paying for gas online. The researchers also allegedly turned to the operator of the American database of vulnerabilities, where they registered the corresponding discovery.

Netta Labs discovered an Ethereum EVM vulnerability, which could be exploited by hackers. The vulnerability can cause smart contracts can be executed indefinitely without gas being paied.
 

Netta Lab's Twitter

At Netta Lab's request, Google demonstrates the site of the netto.io project, which specializes in auditing smart contracts under the Netta Lab brand, but the Twitter accounts of the projects do not match. Note that the profile that reported the vulnerability was registered in November.

Many users expressed doubts about the authenticity of the information that appeared, but then the creator of the NEO project Da Hongwei said that he spoke with the CEO of Netta Labs and asked the researchers to audit the NEO virtual machine.

Nevertheless, Vitalik Buterin wrote on Reddit that this is a vulnerability in the Python-implementation of the virtual machine, which was first reported on GitHub 9 days ago. This means that the main clients (go-ethereum; parity and cpp-ethereum) are not affected.