Federal authorities have arrested eight men accused of distributing more than $1 million worth of LSD, ecstasy, and other narcotics with an online storefront that used the TOR anonymity service to mask their Internet addresses.Read more »
Iran blocked Tor handshakes using Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) in January 2011 and September 2011. Bluecoat tested out a Tor handshake filter in Syria in June 2011. China has been harvesting and blocking IP addresses for both public Tor relays and private Tor bridges for years.
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Jacob Appelbaum, Roger Dingledine: How governments have tried to block TorRead more »
Senator Charles Schumer is asking federal authorities to shut down a secretive narcotics market operated online with anonymous sales and untraceable currency. The website uses a complex Internet configuration that allows the users to remain anonymous and untraceable by downloading the program TOR. To make sure the money exchanged can't be traced, the site uses a new digital currency called Bitcoins.Read more »
I have a feeling that with recent events in places like Iran, and current events in Egypt, a decentralized Internet is going to be in huge demand. Especially if the government of bigger countries, like the U.S., get their ‘off-switch.’
There are 3 projects in the works to make this dream a reality -- one of which was directly inspired by events in Egypt, and seems to be a well-funded undertaking.Read more »
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