This is an interesting development. Ever since the Silk Road got busted and the feds refused to admit how they found the servers, everyone on the deep web has been leery of TOR. It’s widely suspected that there was a vulnerability in TOR that the feds were able to exploit, effectively nullifying the anonymous nature of the router.
So MIT researchers have answered the call with a TOR replacement called Riffle. It looks promising, but it bears the one disadvantage of all anonymizing resources: if you’re using it, the government knows you have something to hide.
Believe it or not, that’s the reason TOR was originally released to the public. It was designed as top secret Navy encryption, but if the only people using it were DOD types, then that makes the job of a spy pretty easy. They released TOR to the public so they could hide in plain sight.