Wednesday, 17 July 2013

What you didn't know about Tor.

Are you under the impression that you're completely secure and well protected under your little Tor Browser?
There are skeletons in this wicked browser's closet you have probably never even heard of.
To anyone who doesn't know what Tor is:
Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security known as traffic analysis.

Most of the novice users who spend time on the Deep Web probably already knew that.
Here's something you did not know though.
Tor was originally designed, implemented, and deployed as a third-generation onion routing project of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. It was originally developed with the U.S. Navy in mind, for the primary purpose of protecting government communications. Today, it is used every day for a wide variety of purposes by normal people, the military, journalists, law enforcement officers, activists, and many others.  
( Source: )

Now, we all know that the servers hosting the Tor Network are volunteers. Everyone can participate in keeping the network up.
What if the 90% of the servers are hosted by the government for the sole purpose of spying on users who use the Tor Browser?
If that is indeed the case, you don't need much cracking skills as when the packets reach the end nodes, they are unencrypted and easy for the end nodes to analyze before being sent to the destination.
This raises an even bigger question, why hasn't the government taken down websites with childporn and drug trafficking since they are all accessible through Tor?

I'll leave you with your thoughts.




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