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Tor Torches Online Tracking

January 28th, 2007

Kim Zetter

Privacy tools can sometimes create strange bedfellows.

That’s what has happened with an anonymizer system that was originally developed and funded by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory to help government employees shield their identity online. It is now being co-funded and promoted by the civil liberties group Electronic Frontier Foundation.

The system, called Tor, allows users to surf the internet, chat and send instant messages anonymously. It works by transferring traffic three times through random servers, or nodes, on its way from sender to recipient to make it difficult for anyone to trace the data back to its source.

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