Tor Systems Used for Illegal ActivitiesAdded: Tuesday, June 25th, 2013
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According to statistics, many thousands of people access shady sites via Tor every day. While most users say they use the systems because they want to stay anonymous, some exploit the layers of proxies to find drugs.
Originally, the Onion Router has been created by the US Navy a decade ago in order to keep government communications safe from prying eyes. The reports say that Tor had reached about 600.000 users annually. The way it works is quite simple to understand – instead of using one proxy to hide the IP addresses, it uses a whole chain of proxies, hence its name.
A decade ago nobody had this concept of privacy, but now this doesn’t seem so far-fetched anymore. While Tor claims to be used daily for various purposes by the military, journalists, law enforcement officers and activists, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Center is warning that 1/3 of its users are suspected of conducting a wide range of unauthorized activities. Some people confessed they had started using Tor to buy drugs online. This is why some experts now believe that Tor should be blacklisted by governments. As for the United Kingdom, the country’s Prime Minister believes that sites and search engines have to take responsibility for what they offer, particularly when it comes to kids porn. David Cameron believes that Internet companies and search engines should use their extraordinary technical abilities to do more to root out child pornography. As a result, the government keeps convening a round-table of the largest online companies and demands to do more.
In the meanwhile, the backside of the problem is privacy – this is an overgrowing concern in the past several years. The experts admit that because of government collusion with record companies and rights owners to crack down on file-sharing copyrighted content, Internet users had to start using such networks as Tor, which were previously only used by advanced users and people looking for illegal content. So, people targeted by this type of law will do what they can to seek out material.
Among Tor users, there are innocent family people – they use Tor because they just don’t want themselves or family followed around by councils or the police. While the industry experts agree that the problems at hand can’t be ignored, the issue could easily get out of hand, like it happened with P2P.
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Tuesday, June 25th, 2013
|Im calling bull.This is like when they said terrorist were involved with drugs after 911. they. are just looking for excuses to shut the internet down and make it an online mall were all you can do is pay,pay,pay and the pay some more.they want to use fear to take your rights and your money. if you use tor for drugs you are commun nicating with|
|posted by (2013-06-25 13:51:36)|
|@ #1 - I totally agree.|
|(continued from 1) local drug dealers. how else are you getting your drugs?if tor is shut down then drug addicts will go back to talking codes over the phone.A a father i think all child porn should be looked into and shut down. But i also think that spyware and virus shouldnt be just my problem. The government works for the people(supposedly) so why do they champion the corporate causes when the people are being targeted by online criminals all the time.If you wanna police the internet first start with the needs of the people ,then help out the corporations that want you to use just they're ad filled ,non secure forms of communication.|
|Using Tor in the US and/or proxy gets your rights taken away because the IP address you're assigned is usually foreign. So, by default, a so-called foreigner is not protected by due process or privacy. Until the FBI or whoever is able to determine the actual location of the user, they basically have free reign. Any attempt now at privacy is now provoking "enhanced scrutiny". Emailing or calling from or to the US is automatically triggered to be analyzed. I believed until now the government wanted to disrupt communication to prevent dissent. It is so much more now. With this, the Windows NSA back doors, etc. Anyone doing anything, or anyone who's ever done anything, is screwed with a target painted on their back until the government decides to round everyone up. The Internet and personal computing, either by accident or planning, is the rope the Feds gave us to entrap and hang ourselves with.|
|Sometimes its GOOD Sometimes BAD|
|@ zacsawyer I think you need to go read about jurisdiction and citizenship. IP does not determine that in the very least and you are quite naive to even think in that perspective. Jurisdiction is determined by enforcement of it or the ability to defend yourself from an entity from making you part of their jurisdiction.|
|posted by (2013-06-25 17:16:51)|
|dooh ofc its use for Illegal Activities|
|posted by (2013-06-25 17:43:46)|
|we all use tor with silk road and BMR, better shizzle than the street and delivered|
|shut the web down its getting boring and like the guy said its all pay ,pay,pay.its the same old stuff going from one site to another.goverments dont like the web cos they cant control it|
|posted by (2013-06-25 19:34:20)|
|I'm not a part of this world a lot of the time but this|
QUOTE. As for the United Kingdom, the country’s Prime Minister believes that sites and search engines have to take responsibility for what they offer, particularly when it comes to kids porn. UNQUOTE.
Search engines really offer links to child porn? I ain't going to test the idea but I'd be surprised if they do offer links.
@#8 Avatar made me laugh (a rare occurrence).
|Everything is used for illegal activities, just depends on who is using it|
|posted by (2013-06-25 23:52:08)|
|but tor is being used for illegal activities to a larger extent. U get drugs, child por****,etc.... Someone somewhere should moderate it.|
|Hmm there is a problem with moderating content once you stop it on the web you find a prevalence of it in your community,if paedophiles are prevented from getting their jollies off on the web then more kids could be abducted off the street putting their lives in danger and those that score drugs off-line will be out buying off the street making the market bigger for more dealers in the community and allowing for the possibility that some disgruntled tweaker may cause harm or violence to their dealer or anyone else that gets in their way of getting their fix as Newtons law states there is always an equal and opposite reaction.Given that there is a hidden web many times greater than the norm where everything from a hitman to drugs,prostitutes and yes even child pornography can be found is it not best left to those that seek these things as it cannot be controlled or moderated and such futile attempts to do such will only drive it further underground or as in the preface scenario bring it out in the open to our very doorsteps.Such sites are viewed by police agencies and whilst being in the open within the dark web allow for intelligence gathering if moderated the problem will be there still, but will drive them all further underground or even above ground which is more worrying.Many sites like the Silk Road are attacked with some regularity as no doubt are the paedo sites and so showing that they are objected to by a lot of people some of whom are capable of doing something about it.At the end of the day Tor is just an encrypted search engine what is out there is down to the individual to search out and in a real world scenario if a person wants something and you cut off the source they will get it from somewhere else and not be so circumspect as to how they get it.Obviously the NSA and CIA,Obama and Copyright Holders are all on the case,the NSA have since 2000 had a Global Cyber Strategy for controlling the web and it is the control of the WWW by Google,Microsoft ,Yahoo etc that precludes the buying of drugs and access to kiddie porn through the regular search engines at present as well as controlling what media ,books and other information you are allowed to view by the state.I subscribe to the Tim Berners Lee (TimBL)philosophy in respect to the WWW and to have such censorship as is already in place within the WWW is why such as the Dark Web can exist for good or bad,no one person or Government should control the internet and to moderate such is in effect thought policing people and further controlling the masses which stunts innovation and free thinking,hides information that should really be in the public domain as well as propagating all the illegal activities currently on the Dark web today.|
|The remedy is simple Neuter all convicted paedophiles,legalise pot and have a free and transparent WWW.= )|
|@Embolism is does not work,it is an option in FL and those guys end up becoming worse and even move up to murder because it is a mental thing not a simple sexual urge.|
|for those who care torproject dot org|
|@15 If neutering does `nt work there is always the possibility of re-education involving strapping the paedo down in a chair showing them kiddie porn and when they get aroused zapping them in the nutz with a cattle prod,such methods are used on animals with electric dog collars and such can`t think of a worse animal to test it on than a paedo.|
|posted by (2013-06-27 15:23:06)|
|#15-The reason that doesn't work to an extent is because they do the castration with chemicals which puts the option of hiding the dose someway. Now, if you chop those testees off I think you'll have success although the whiner liberals will cry foul and say" those poor pedophiles, you can't do that to them" and then you watch them cold trailing some kid with a smile on their face and a chub in their pants while they laugh at how stupid the courts are. No breaks I say, One crime,SNIP-SNIP, off they go!|
|posted by (2013-06-28 07:11:42)|
|How about we make a law that requires every politician to disclose their bank accounts and balances both domestic and foreign. After all, what have they got to hide? Its the people lives they want to open up like a box of crackers, making every single transaction transparent, so lets all do it together.|
|posted by (2013-06-28 23:14:31)|
|i use TOR so does that mean im a criminal then? ....don't think so as for the man (and i use that term lightly!) they our prime minister david (not in touch with reality) cameron sticking his 2 pennies into the internet illegal activities debate makes me sick,this is the man who single handed is destroying the U.K the internet should be used more to unite people against this imbicile this man in one fail swoop could if he wanted to given the resources the U.K government has at its desposal track down every freak that uses the internet to engage in sick avtivities with children but he chooses not to because of their so called human rights & their right to privacy David Cameron & this usesless coalition government are nothing more than enablers for these freaks thats just my opinion & my 2 pennies worth|
|Tor is just a public road. If people are doing illegal and bad stuff on the road do u take the road away or the people. If you take the road another road is gonna pop up. No , u educate the people about the good the bad and the ugly out there. Let them decide the path they wanna take. agree with embolism|
|@ 18 they do have them removed, it does not work, in fact it turns into a more serious mental problem|
|Think way to deal with the kiddie fiddlers is once they've been caught, they never get the opportunity to go near a child again.|
As in life sentence without any possible chance of release.
As for the likes of the Silk Road, its an individuals choice, its their bodies, do as you please as long as you don't harm others. The war on drugs is lost, why is billions a year blown on it?
As for Tor, the Road description was a good analogy.
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