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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Japan Asks ISPs to Switch off Tor

Japan Asks ISPs to Switch off Tor

Japan Asks ISPs to Switch off Tor

Added: Friday, May 3rd, 2013
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extratorrent.com
Japanese authorities are asking Internet service providers to switch off the Tor network – for example, the National Police Agency claims that Tor stops them from identifying cyber criminals.

In the meantime, hackers are making Japanese coppers a laughing stock – a year ago, some hacker named Demon Killer obtained remote control of systems all over the country and posted death threats on public message boards. The authorities believed it would be very easy to arrest people knowing the IP addresses from which the messages were sent, and one of the defendants even confessed, but after the arrests the death threats continued. As a result, the police had to apologize to the users they locked up.

In the end, the police managed to catch Yusuke Katayama and investigated his computers. This is where they found out that he used Tor in order to anonymize his online activities. As a result, the National Police Agency has compiled a special report to claim that Tor is dangerous as it is being used by criminals for financial fraud, leaks of confidential police data and even child abuses.

At the moment, the police haven’t quite worked out what to do about Tor – they don't seem to have a problem with the network that can be used by people living in oppressive regimes to carry out activism on the Internet. Some believe that the only way for the authorities to stop abuse of the Tor network is to close it down completely. Nevertheless, if it was that easy, some regimes could have done the same a long time ago.

Industry experts explain that Tor directs online traffic through a worldwide volunteer network of servers in order to conceal someone’s location, which makes it a nightmare to trace and nobody knows how getting a service provider to block it is possible.

May 3rd,2013

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Date:  Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Comments (19) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2013-05-03 22:39:08)
skreamer avatarAhh is it possible to configure utorrent to connect over/with Tor?

posted by (2013-05-04 00:08:34)
No avatarI find this tor download impossible to understand and to download?

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2013-05-04 00:18:11)
Embolism avatar@1 ask [email protected]
@2 go to the bundle and choose an operating system,watch video for installation and then install.

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2013-05-04 00:24:56)
Embolism avatarThere have been some comments in regard to Tor being a slower transport in relation to normal traffic no doubt having to redirect your info through their network across the globe and latency.I will give it more consideration as the jack boots of big brother start to echo down the high street though.

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2013-05-04 00:32:01)
Embolism avatarbefore considering using Tor for torrents some reading on the vulnerabilities it may open up from its usage may be prudent so please check this link before deciding on using it add http to link: /en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor_%28anonymity_network%29#Weaknesses

posted by (2013-05-04 03:52:40)
Solcis avatarHmmm... what if Tor had existed back in the early 1940's in America? Maybe the Japanese internment camps would have never been used. And what about Japan back then? Maybe the Empire would have crumbled before it had a chance to start a war, before getting nuked a couple of times.

As for using Tor to download torrents, take my advice: DON'T. Not only is it painfully slow, that's not what Tor was designed to do. Tor is meant to transfer small bits of information anonymously. I repeat, SMALL bits of data. Anonymity is obviously important right now for torrenting, but Tor ain't the solution.

So what is? Logless VPN providers that accept Bitcoin, such as AirVPN and Private Internet Access. You can also try out I2P, which is like Tor- only it's MEANT for transferring large blocks of data. So get to it, boys. And go Tor

posted by (2013-05-04 04:48:54)
cggc avatarvolunteers minds org no profit like maybe firefox what same like this comments site I read from some long time ago can have fraud & leak for money funds for don't have who support for them what I didn't believe but I don't know why I don't use firefox until....Ubuntu won over MS? why I am gone far?

posted by (2013-05-04 05:52:53)
No avatar@Solcis LOL, internment camps is all you can think about? Japan had it easy while they where slaughtering Chinese by the millions in Nanjing and beheading and even eating Allied POWs for sport. Got your blinders on a bit too tight there. Yes, maybe with free communication like TOR available this might not have happened, but I doubt it. China easily blocked TOR years ago.

posted by (2013-05-04 12:05:45)
Solcis avatarSeksor, you're a funny guy! I mention Japan's parallel's from then to now and you bring up China. So let's examine that.

Marching ***CIVILIAN, AMERICAN CITIZENS*** into internment camps during WWII was one of the most shameful and disgraceful acts that the US ever committed. Somehow relating this to Japan's actions of today is absolutely insane!!! John J. McCloy, the architect of the plan, was Henry Kissinger's mentor. Is he yours as well?

And yes, you're right about the Great Firewall of China blocking Tor. There's a good presentation on Usenix about that. I never said otherwise.

But what are you saying, exactly? That China's the model for internet control and censorship? That Japan should follow its lead and ban Tor, too? That would be consistent with what you've written here, especially how you appear to be such a fan of China. Funny, considering how that kind of system would have long banned this very site that you're perusing and enjoying right now.

posted by (2013-05-04 13:59:22)
LitInf avatarI love TOR!

posted by ET loverSuperman (2013-05-04 20:59:05)
tonymengela avatarPeople DO NOT use TOR for torrent downloads or uploads as they become UNSECURE as they pass through the nodes and allows tracking of you ISP through the torrent seed itself. Not only that but it is slow. Freenet may be your best bet but only if you have a friend network, but then it is only as secure as your friends, TOR was established by the US Navy for secure information transfer by using many servers that spread spectrum the information across many servers and then you get the pieces a little at a time, similar to bit torrents, But remember your entrance and exit points ARE NOT secure, so although they may not know what you transmitted and received they do know you were in the TOR system, so that does put a target on your ISP that may not have been there before, then as some of you know they employ hacking measures to see what you have and then you better make sure your clean.

posted by ET loverSuperman (2013-05-04 21:49:46)
tonymengela avatarSorry I did not mean to say ISP I meant IP

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2013-05-05 02:13:10)
Embolism avatar@12 very true at least someone reads the links I post(end to end correlation)such weakness has been known for sometime,although internoding in principle does anonymize efficiently since as the data is sent from one node to the next the node behind closes and prevents tracking,such was the precept in one of the first torrent programs Ants P2P.It was ridiculously slow for large amounts of data and useless with only a few peers but some of the security aspects intrigued me back in 2004 when everyone and their dog was screaming for decentralised torrents.I had a discussion with <PARG> Paul Graham and the Italian developer of Ants at the time and <Parg> wrote the DHT plugin for Azureus which has now been adopted by most good torrent programs of today.<Parg> also maintains the I2P anonymous network plugin for Azureus which I forsee as being one of the future options for posting of a torrent board(for links) in the advent of global site closures and a further call for decentralisation.

posted by (2013-05-05 02:17:09)

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2013-05-05 02:37:22)
Embolism avatarfor torrents I would say to use a secure VPN that does not log you or a socks proxy both work well in Azureus,also ensure you add the blocklist or lists (if you wish to add all 4 available lists just create a text doc and copy and paste all the ip`s and ranges to it and load it into azureus safepeer plugin),transports like Other proxys for browsing can be found for free with plug ins like anonymox for firefox and anonymous mail for emails,there are better but cost bucks,
all are relevant to cost.

posted by (2013-05-05 05:07:14)
Solcis avatarI'll make it real simple for ya:

Logless VPN * Bitcoin + Anon. HTTPS Proxy = Pure Gold

posted by (2013-05-06 06:50:36)
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posted by (2013-05-07 03:46:53)
No avatarDon't the Japanese have the largest underground and above ground bootleg record industry?

posted by (2013-05-07 09:58:26)
No avatarOh Sony...you've become soooo powerful...but really?! tired of getting hacked?! Oh Sony...

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