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Twelfth issue of Tor Weekly News. Covering what's happening from September 10th, 2013 to September 17th, 2013. To be released on September 18th, 2013.

Editor: harmony

Subject: Tor Weekly News — September, 18th 2013

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Tor Weekly News                                     September 18th, 2013
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Welcome to the twelfth issue of Tor Weekly News, the weekly newsletter that
covers what is happening in the XXX Tor community.

New Release of XXX
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XXX: cite specific release date, numbers, and developers responsible

XXX: details about release

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Official response to QUICK ANT disclosure
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A certain amount of speculation was provoked by a slide leaked as
part of the ongoing Snowden disclosures and featured in an edition of
the Brazilian current-affairs show 'Fantástico' broadcast on September
8th [XXX], which appeared to show a tab in the alleged NSA/GCHQ FLYING
PIG surveillance interface labelled 'Query QUICK ANT - Tor events QFD'.
Users on Reddit [XXX] and Twitter [XXX] began to suggest possible attacks
on Tor that might be managed through such an interface.

Andrew Lewman posted an official response on the Tor Blog [XXX] in which
he reiterated that "it's not clear what the NSA or GCHQ can or cannot do",
and that well-known theoretical attacks against the Tor network are clearly
described on the project's FAQ page [XXX].

He further added that the tool in question was more likely to involve
"some "Tor flow detector" scripts that let them pick Tor flows out of a
set of flows they're looking at" than "anything to do with deanonymizing
Tor users, except insofar as they might have traffic flows from both sides
of the circuit in their database."

Finally, he remarked that rather than engaging in speculation based on
limited evidence, "we'd rather spend our time developing Tor and conducting
research to make a better Tor."

 [XXX] http://www.reddit.com/r/TOR/comments/1m3jum/gchq_tor_events_capture/
 [XXX] https://twitter.com/jonathanmayer/status/377292928718499841
 [XXX] http://g1.globo.com/fantastico/noticia/2013/09/nsa-documents-show-united-states-spied-brazilian-oil-giant.html
 [XXX] https://blog.torproject.org/blog/tor-nsa-gchq-and-quick-ant-speculation
 [XXX] https://www.torproject.org/docs/faq.html.en#AttacksOnOnionRouting

Miscellaneous news
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Item 1 with cited source [XXX].

Item 2 with cited source [XXX].

Item 3 with cited source [XXX].

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Vulnerabilities
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XXX: Reported vulnerabilities [XXX].

 [XXX] vulnerability report source

Upcoming events
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