If Tor keeps users of the "secret internet" hidden, how could the FBI have tracked them down? Yes, it is difficult, but anyone who is going up against world governments should be prepared to lose. Our resident techhead explains.
If you ask a reasonably informed techhead how you can hide yourself from the comprehensive surveillance by the US National Security Agency (NSA), chances are they'll recommend using Tor, a system for concealing your location on the internet, and therefore your identity. But you'd be a fool to imagine using Tor alone provides a magic cloak of invisibility, as alleged child p-rnographer Eric Eoin Marques recently discovered
The Tor anonymity network
started life as The Onion Router, a project funded by the US Naval Research Laboratory intended to help secure naval communications. Now it's run by the Tor Project
, a US-based non-profit with a diverse funding base including the US and Swedish governments, the US National Science Foundation and myriad small donors.
What the hell is it?
Images from Tor Project