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Tor Sued Over Revenge Porn

Posted on July 9th, 2014 at 17:22 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment

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Tor, which offers encrypted software and an open network of protected communications, has been sued in the state of Texas over a revenge porn website that used its free service.

The plaintiff in the case — Shelby Conklin, a criminal justice major at the University of North Texas — is mainly going after a website called Pinkmeth, which lets users upload and publicly share sexually explicit material without consent from the people in the pictures. This kind of service is often used by hackers and ex-partners, and it’s illegal in 11 states (and counting). Texas, however, is still working on its own revenge porn laws.

Conklin alleges Pinkmeth “gained unauthorized access to nude photographs” she owned and posted them to the internet. She also said Tor, which The Economist once called “a dark corner of the web,” was involved in an active “civil conspiracy” with Pinkmeth because the revenge porn website used the anonymous communications service to prevent others from tracking its location.

Conklin is seeking more than $1 million in damages for “mental anguish and loss in earning capacity” as a result of the publication and dissemination of the nude photos.

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