[tor-talk] Tor Weekly News — October 9th, 2013

Joe Btfsplk joebtfsplk at gmx.com
Wed Oct 9 17:41:04 UTC 2013

On 10/9/2013 10:27 AM, Lunar wrote:
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> Tor Weekly News                                        October 9th, 2013
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> Welcome to the fifteenth issue of Tor Weekly News, the weekly newsletter
> that covers what's happening in the world of Tor — “king of high-secure,
> low-latency anonymity” [1].
>     [1] http://www.theguardian.com/world/interactive/2013/oct/04/tor-high-secure-internet-anonymity
> New tranche of NSA/GCHQ Tor documents released
> ----------------------------------------------
> ... a series of stories were published
> in the Guardian and the Washington Post that detailed alleged attempts
> by NSA, GCHQ, and their allies to defeat or circumvent the protection
> that Tor offers its users. ...
> The documents in question [3] offer,... a summary of
> attacks against Tor users and the network as a whole that they have
> considered or carried out.
I'm sure Tor developers have considered the real possibility that some 
or all of what different agencies release, about their capabilities & 
successes (or lack of) against Tor - or anything else, is 
misinformation, designed to make the Tor Project AND  users more 
comfortable in continuing to use TBB.

Logically, if any agency or adversary divulged they can somewhat 
successfully track users or "infiltrate the system," then most would 
stop using it and a valuable method to gather information or catch 
"criminals" would cease to exist.  Good poker players and gov'ts NEVER 
reveal their hands.

I wouldn't take seriously anything that ANY gov't publicly reveals about 
their technology or intelligence capability (or lack there or).  Over a 
long history, it's been repeatedly shown that advanced gov'ts always 
know more & have more technology capability, than is revealed.  That is, 
often until decades later, when the real truth comes out.  It's no 
different now.

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