Thats your tax dollars at work in America, the NSA working overtime. Hopefully the operators can figure out how they breached the service. Probably much more difficult than spying on your emails or Facebook. Looks like they threw the US Constitution out the window. Americans have no right to privacy anymore.
I would bet that some of the logins or inquiries to TOR were done on a smartphone which the NSA and FBI etc etc have full access to and since it is an open connection that way they can just trace everything. Of course I would also bet that at least half of the desktop or laptop usage was done by people who were not the most deeply computer and or network literate individuals either heck I checked it out personally when I heard about it several months back and I was looking over some information about mining bitcoins and what had been happening with some well known server hacks etc (thats where I found out about it) and I wondered as from the description it sounded like an under the radar bitcoin ebay type concept. Then when I got on there about all I saw was drugs all of which or at least the greater part depending on the state you live in illegal. So my first thought was wow a lot of people who have no clue what there doing are going to enter this through unsecure connections and completely wide open and get busted for inquiring on here. Sounds like thats exactly what happened.
Starwhite; you are correct ,there is no freedom or right to privacy, it is all an illusion. We are nothing more than sheep, a commodity used to fuel the economy, we are all hooked up to a virtual machine like in the Matrix where we live these lives we think are ours but the whole time it is the government using us as fuel. No one cares about us anymore, least of all he government.
billions of tax payer dollars... enough information?
hidden trace route that's all you got ?