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BBC: Russia offers $110,000 in a contest to get ID's of Tor users; Tor founder explains potential compromise

People here are interested in anonymity while surfing and transferring data. So, I thought that this would be of interest. Like jr has explained before, Tor is the leading free anonymity service for Internet use.

The BBC story was one thing then I received an email from Roger Dingledine, Tor developer, that there was a possibly successful attempt to compromise users' anonymity. It was his blog post from early today, July 30, 2014.

That's the headline. This caught my eye.

"The DoD sent $830,000 (489,000) to the group through SRI International, which describes itself as an independent non-profit research centre, last year. Other parts of the US government contributed a further $1m."

This looks like an annual donation.

The irony here is unbelievable. According to Snowden the NSA is trying to crack the Tor network, while other agencies including, DOD, are funding it.

???

created by paulhem on Jul 30, 2014 at 11:45:08 am     Technology     Comments: 1

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Secrecy is a double edged sword - governments and intelligence agencies want it and need it to operate correctly but don't want anyone else to have it. I imagine it is pretty useful in countries like China and Russia with strict internet controls.

posted by taliesin52 on Jul 30, 2014 at 03:14:55 pm     #