‘You Are Not Anonymous on Tor’ – Study Shows Privacy Network Offers Superficial Anonymity

‘You Are Not Anonymous on Tor’ – Study Shows Privacy Network Offers Superficial Anonymity


Privacy advocates are growing leery of the Tor network these days, as recently published research has shown a great number of network’s exit relays are compromised. Furthermore, on September 15, the Hacker Factor Blog published a new Tor report that shows IP addresses being uncovered. The paper called “Tor 0-day” says that it is an open secret among the internet service community: “You are not anonymous on Tor.”

For years now, a great number of digital currency proponents have utilized Tor and virtual private networks (VPNs) to stay anonymous while sending bitcoin transactions. The Tor Project was released 17 years ago in 2002, and it has always claimed to obfuscate internet traffic for the end-user.

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Essentially, the software written in C and Python leverages a volunteer overlay network consisting of thousands of different relayers. The very basics of this network are meant to conceal a user’s activity on the internet and allow

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