Court documents show that DoD paid researchers to carry out de-anonymising researchTor, once known only by network nerds, has now become something of a hot topic. This is thanks largely to the anonymous network’s reputation for hosting drug marketplaces like Silk Road, and other unsavoury sites.But what exactly is Tor? What is it good for? Does it have any legitimate uses? And how can those not versed in the finer details of network technologies actually access it?Tor latest news25/02/2016: The US government paid Carnegie Mellon researchers to hack Tor, it has been confirmed.Court documents have revealed that the attack carried out against the Tor network last year by security researchers at Carnegie Mellon University was funded by the US Department of Defence.A request for discovery by the attorneys of Brian Farrell, suspected Silk Road 2.0 lieutenant, led to a response in which the court revealed the source of the University’s funding.