[tor-talk] IBM says Block Tor

Dave Warren davew at hireahit.com
Sun Aug 30 23:48:17 UTC 2015

On 2015-08-30 11:24, Martijn Grooten wrote:
> On Sun, Aug 30, 2015 at 05:01:53PM +0200, Andreas Krey wrote:
>> >On Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:01:42 +0000, Martijn Grooten wrote:
>> >...
>>> > >But a company that blocks Tor because, as IBM puts it, a lot of
>>> > >malicious actors use Tor is making a sensible security decision.
>> >
>> >But that is not a reason to block torproject.org or even to
>> >forbid using the tor browser. It would be a reason to block
>> >exits on the corporate web servers. And these get pretty
>> >conflated in that article.
> Ouch. I stand corrected. I had missed that bit - I had only skimmed
> through the paper last week - and it does explicitly say that the Tor
> Project website should be blocked. It even suggests "disciplinary
> action" should be taken if people try to access the site. Wow.

Sure, but this is probably just a case of using too blunt an instrument; 
they likely just classified "Tor" (all of it, including websites) as an 
unacceptable product.

Expecting mid-level management to understand the finer points of what 
Tor is, how it works, or the difference between the "website" and "the 
service" and "the protocol" isn't realistic in a world where usually the 
concept of a site, service and protocol are all one and the same.

Dave Warren

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