[or-cvs] add the tracing-users question

arma at seul.org arma at seul.org
Sun Jul 17 21:29:22 UTC 2005

Update of /home2/or/cvsroot/website
In directory moria:/home/arma/work/onion/cvs/website

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add the tracing-users question

Index: faq-abuse.html
RCS file: /home2/or/cvsroot/website/faq-abuse.html,v
retrieving revision 1.16
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diff -u -d -r1.16 -r1.17
--- faq-abuse.html	15 Jul 2005 22:19:37 -0000	1.16
+++ faq-abuse.html	17 Jul 2005 21:29:20 -0000	1.17
@@ -291,6 +291,35 @@
 python script to parse the Tor directory <a
 href="/cvs/tor/contrib/exitlist">here</a>. </p>
+<a id="TracingUsers"></a>
+<h3><a class="anchor" href="#TracingUsers">I have a compelling reason to trace a Tor user. Can you help?</a></h3>
+There is nothing the Tor developers can do to trace Tor users. The same
+protections that keep bad people from breaking Tor's anonymity also
+prevent us from figuring out what's going on.
+Some fans have suggested that we redesign Tor to include a <a
+There are two problems with this idea. First, it technically weakens the
+system too far. Having a central way to link users to their activities
+is a gaping hole for all sorts of attackers; and the policy mechanisms
+needed to ensure correct handling of this responsibility are enormous
+and unsolved. Second, the bad people <a href="#WhatAboutCriminals">aren't
+going to get caught by this anyway</a>, since they will use other means
+to ensure their anonymity (identity theft, compromising computers and
+using them as bounce points, etc).
+But remember that this doesn't mean that Tor is invulnerable. Traditional
+police techniques can still be very effective against Tor, such as
+interviewing suspects, surveillance and keyboard taps, writing style
+analysis, sting operations, and other physical investigations.
 <a id="LegalQuestions"></a>
 <h3><a class="anchor" href="#LegalQuestions">I have legal questions about Tor abuse.</a></h3>

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