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The Inside Story of Tor, the Best Internet Anonymity Tool the Government Ever Built

The Inside Story of Tor, the Best Internet Anonymity Tool the Government Ever Built

By Dune Lawrence January 23, 2014

Last year, Edward Snowden turned over to the Guardian, a British newspaper, some 58,000 classified U.S. government documents. Just a fraction of the files have been made public, but they outline the National Security Agency’s massive information-collection system. They’ve thrown light onto the methods of an arm of the government used to working in the shadows and started an intense debate over national security and personal liberty. One of the earliest and most explosive revelations was the existence of Prism, a top-secret program giving the NSA direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, and other U.S. Internet companies.

Snowden himself remains something of a mystery even as the U.S. government attempts to obtain his return from Russia, where he’s in hiding, and very possibly jail him for the rest of his life. As an infrastructure analyst for the NSA, he came to understand at a high level how information moves around the Internet. Snowden almost certainly relied on one very specific and powerful tool to cover his tracks. In photographs he’s often with his laptop, and on the cover of his computer, a sticker shows a purple and white onion: the “o” in the word “Tor.”

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If big brother can identify and control the networks where the exit/entry nodes exist, then TOR won't help you stay anonymous.

The story that snowden used ToR is probably a myth, anyway.

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Tor World Headquarters are not far from the Daily Paul's!

This sentence caught my eye:

Tor’s world headquarters occupies one room of a YWCA in Cambridge, Mass.

Cambridge is not far from Somerville. I know exactly where this is. Who knew?

Thanks for posting E

He's the man.

you should go visit

And blog about it :)

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” — Albert Camus

Michael Nystrom's picture

Man o man.

I wish I could. That is what I thought also, when I was reading the article. Then I just settled for reading the article, lol.

I wish I could copy/paste myself 1000 times, and be doing everything I wanted to be doing simultaneously.

Or be like Samantha, in the movie Her. Samantha is the OS that Joquian Phoenix falls in love with. Have you seen that? It was pretty mind blowing. jrd recommended it.


He's the man.

This is a great article!

Thanks for posting! I was just about to post it myself.

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