Carnegie Mellon University has been accused of helping the FBI to uncover the identities of criminals who used the Tor network.
The Tor Project, through its director Roger Dingledine, accused Carnegie Mellon of providing its Tor-breaking research in secret to the FBI in exchange for a payment of “at least $1 million”.
However, the university denied this. It said there have been a number of inaccurate media reports in recent days regarding its Software Engineering Institute’s work in cybersecurity.
The Institute is a federally-funded research and development centre that focuses on software-related security and engineering issues.
“One of the missions of the SEI’s CERT division is to research and identify vulnerabilities in software and computing networks so that they may be corrected,” the university said.
“In the course of its work, the university from time to time is served with subpoenas requesting information about research it has performed.”
The university said it abides by the rule of law, complies with lawfully-issued subpoenas, and receives no funding for its compliance.