/// Why the NSA Hates Tor, the Network That Protects Internet Anonymity

October 4, 2013  |  All Things Digital


If you know anything about it, then it probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise that the National Security Agency really dislikes Tor, a.k.a. The Onion Router. As I described yesterday, Tor is an open-source network that provides people connected to it a pretty strong, though not perfect, method for browsing the Internet anonymously. You have to be using it in order to access the so-called “Dark Web ,” which is where Silk Road, the online bazaar of illicit drugs and other things, existed until its operator was arrested in San Francisco on Wednesday . The case has cast new attention on both the Dark Web and on Tor itself. Given its roots as a project born at the U.S. Naval Academy, it’s a tad ironic that the NSA dislikes it so much, but it’s pretty clear from a slide deck on the subject leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and published by The Guardian today that its opinion is clear. The title of the deck is “Tor Stinks.” The presentation shows that the agency struggled to defeat the anonymity that Tor provides. As of the time of the presentation, which is dated June of 2012, it hadn’t had much luck

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Why the NSA Hates Tor, the Network That Protects Internet Anonymity

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