[tor-talk] Possible upcoming attempts to disable the Tor network
mirimir at riseup.net
Mon Dec 22 21:03:04 UTC 2014
On 12/19/2014 03:19 PM, Roger Dingledine wrote:
> The Tor Project has learned that there may be an attempt to incapacitate
> our network in the next few days through the seizure of specialized
> servers in the network called directory authorities. (Directory
> authorities help Tor clients learn the list of relays that make up the
> Tor network.) We are taking steps now to ensure the safety of our users,
> and our system is already built to be redundant so that users maintain
> anonymity even if the network is attacked. Tor remains safe to use.
In light of recent posts from Thomas White and some node operators, I'm
wondering whether "seizure" might be looking more like "compromise".
There might be a range of attacks, from DDoSing to rooting, and perhaps
even the covert installation of malicious hardware. Or is that too alarmist?
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