[tor-talk] staggeringly unhelpful
biolizard89 at gmail.com
Fri Dec 25 00:34:23 UTC 2015
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On 12/24/2015 11:07 PM, Akater wrote:
> After all, the message is staggeringly unhelpful.
> 1) It doesn't try at all to inform what actuatlly happened; 2)
> Twitter didn't sign it so at the moment anyone who wishes, for some
> reason, to get on @qbi's list can pretend they got it; 3) switching
> to Tor would probably lock the user from Twitter's web interface,
> and from who knows what else, and yet Twitter recommends to take a
> look at Tor Project, and it does so to users who've been connecting
> through Tor (via various clients) already, and had already
> experienced problems, and had already tweeted about that.
> In the end, the message induces some mildly unnerving atmosphere
> and accomplishes pretty much nothing else. I can't even be sure
> what state they're talking about.
Yep, it certainly was a bit unnerving when I got the message. I can't
entirely blame Twitter though. It's plausible that Twitter is using
methods of detecting state-sponsored attacks that would become
unreliable if Twitter gave full details to affected users.
To add a data point, I had been using Twitter exclusively over Tor for
a few months before I got that message. I have not ever been locked
out of my Twitter account, possibly because I have 2FA enabled.
The message I received from Twitter was signed via DKIM. I'm not
familiar enough with DKIM to know if the DKIM signature is sufficient
to prove that I received such an email.
- -Jeremy Rand
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