Question: If you owned a shopping mall and one of the stores was selling say bath salts, should you as the mall owner be responsible or should the people selling the bath salts? Well the FBI seems to think the mall owner is responsible.
Eric Marques is a 28 year old man who hasn't lived in the US since he was 5 years old and has dual citizenship with Ireland. Eric is the virtual equivalent of the mall owner, he provides web hosting, or Hidden Services as they are called on Tor. Whistleblowers and journalists use hidden services to exchange information in a secure and anonymous way and publish critical information in a way that is not easily traced back to them. The New Yorker's Strongbox is one public example.
Eric's company was named Freedom Hosting because on Tor you don't ask questions and above all you don't censor. The FBI has shut down Freedom Hosting and ordered the extradition of Eric from Ireland because one of his hosting clients was the biggest child porn site on the dark web, but it wasn't his only client. TorMail was also one of Freedom Host's clients.
Over the last year or so the people at the Tor Network decided to try and make the network more user friendly in hopes of attracting a larger user base. The more people using the network theoretically the stronger it becomes. Originally the software was offered in distinct packages that required a level of expertise that was beyond the average web user. That all changed when they started offering an all in one bundle with a preconfigured version of Firefox. And that's where the problem, or bug comes from.