[ux] Social Engineering Attacks on Government Opponents: Target Perspectives
david at bamsoftware.com
Tue Jul 18 04:38:57 UTC 2017
Bill Marczak and Vern Paxson's paper from PETS 2017 mentions the use of
Tor by activists (Section 3.6).
We examined two computers (both from [Gulf Cooperation Council;
GCC]) that had Tor Browser installed. Both copies of Tor Browser
were out-of-date. Subject S_2 exclusively accessed their email
account through Tor. This subject (using Ubuntu) said their Tor
browser was out-of-date because on one previous occasion,
installing updates had rendered their Tor browser unusable.
Therefore, S_2 was not updating their Tor browser, or their
Ubuntu system (they had 600+ updates pending in Ubuntu).
We helped the subject get their system up to date and ensure
that Tor browser continued to work. The other Tor subject, S_15,
said they used Tor only occasionally for “sensitive” things. One
subject from [GCC] (S_14) and one from [media outlet] (S_26)
said they used Tor rarely or occasionally; we did not find Tor
Browser on the computers of theirs that we examined.
Five subjects claimed to be former Tor users. Subject S_4 from
[media outlet] stated that they had tried it once, but
“sometimes it won’t let you go to certain pages.” Subject S_19
from [media outlet] stated that they “learned about it at the
training...but don’t use it anymore.” Subject S_11 from [media
outlet] stated that “somehow, it crashed 2 or 3 times so I
uninstalled it.” Subject S_21 from [GCC diaspora] stated that
they “used to, but I mean generally, it slows down everything so
I stopped using it a few years ago.” Subject S_7 from [GCC] said
they tried to use Tor, but found it too complex. They said that
solutions like Tor “aren’t catered to part-time activists, only
for hardcore activists that do it all the time.”
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