TOR Network Accused of Protecting CriminalsAdded: Monday, July 21st, 2014
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It looks like the legal system in Texas is going to charge the TOR network for helping criminals. The network has been sued in the state of Texas over aiding a revenge porn website by providing its free service.
Indeed, a criminal justice major at the University of North Texas has launched a lawsuit against the website called Pinkmeth, which allows users to upload and publicly share sexually explicit content without permission from the people in the pictures. Apparently, the website is often used by hackers and ex-partners, and it is deemed illegal in eleven states.
However, the service remains legal in Texas – a state where you can’t own more than 6 dildos or flirt in a public place. The criminal justice major alleges that Pinkmeth obtained illegal access to nude photographs she owned and posted them to the Internet. She believes that TOR was involved in this active civil conspiracy with the service due to the fact that the revenge porn site used its anonymous communications service in order to prevent others from tracking its location. Now the victim wants a million dollars in damages for mental anguish and loss in earning capacity, which resulted from the publication and dissemination of her nude pictures.
Her case stated that a Texas state court has jurisdiction over TOR network, because the latter advertises and offers the services referenced above in the state of Texas and to Texas residents. The network also knowingly assists such services as Pinkmeth in committing torts against residents of Texas. However, to win her case, she needs to prove that Pinkmeth actually communicated with the anonymizing network.
TOR is widely used all over the world, mostly to avoid being tracked and pursued for using file-sharing services. Many industry observers recognized it as the most reliable way to anonymize the online presence, but the recent seizure of the black marketplace Silk Road, which also used TOR in its operation, revealed that the authorities somehow managed to trace the service. In the meantime, legal experts admit that the court might dismiss TOR as a defendant in the case, because its conduct could be protected by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, stating that no provider or user of an interactive service shall be treated as the publisher of data provided by another content provider.
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Monday, July 21st, 2014
|How would that work? I mean Tor is funded by the US government and I thinks its something big, like 50% of their funding but I could be wrong. Silk Road was shut but it wasn't because anyone cracked Tor, it was some fairly stupid mistakes by Ross that got him caught, he put his gmail address in one post, as far as O know its still as safe as it was in the past and I use some forums there a lot.|
|Texas – a state where you can’t own more than 6 dildos or flirt in a public place.....Seriously? I don't believe that. Although I have stayed away from that stupid state, It's not even possible to enforce such laws.|
|posted by (2014-07-21 22:02:46)|
|Might be the minimal percent online traffic of be legal for run illegal from same place of verdicts of the justice and criminals doing schedules as well. far from social can avoid...or freedom of speech.|
|posted by (2014-07-21 22:12:10)|
|@ cggc, seriously man, you need to get a better grip of the English language.|
|@cggc, seek help if you need it mate... i don't mean to be nasty or anything but none of what you said actually made any sense...|
|I believe Google Translate completely and utterly failed cggc|
|posted by (2014-07-22 06:03:45)|
|Texas does have some good laws, though: If you catch someone making off with your property after dark you're allowed to use deadly force, and if you catch your spouse in flagrante delicto you're allowed one shot - and if you're using a .50 cal. Desert Eagle & the bullet carries completely through one and into the other, killing them both, more power to ya!|
|posted by (2014-07-22 07:12:55)|
|@ cggc, Wow! English as a second language stat!|
|posted by (2014-07-22 07:56:31)|
|Might be better to explore further before going off on a tangent people.|
|posted by (2014-07-22 13:21:56)|
|Hmm, Texas, gotta love it. Death Penalty used loosely and it is illegal to drive a pickem up truck without a filled gun rack.|
|Another example of revenge postings,TOR is a protocol(the Onion Router)it is not responsible for what is sent ,received or posted by such transport and as previously stated it was created by the US and is funded in part by such since it is a protocol used by people in oppressive regimes to enable free untraceable communications,now America is the home of Litigous claims as we know but the creators of the protocol are no more responsible for it`s illicit users than say Arms manufacturers for the millions of deaths caused by firearms,for those who had their pictures displayed there in whatever compromising circumstances I would say next time watch what lewdness you get up to and with whom since your sins may come back to haunt you and no one is to blame bar yourselves for the creation of said pictures in the 1st place,go whinge about it to someone who cares and no you will not get 1 million dollars from the developers for your own mistakes,grow up.|
|It might be of interest to find out who posted said pictures since the persons in said pictures must have been present at their creation and therefore know who is responsible for the posting and distribution of same,they then can sue the ass off them,but the protocol is just a transport and does not differentiate what is sent via it.|
|posted by (2014-07-22 23:30:36)|
|The University of Texas law school should be ashamed that this is the level of law student they are putting out.Duhhhh!!!! Oh and way to draw MASSIVE amounts of attention to the site and x-rated media of you,that no one knew about prior to your lawsuit.....duhhhhh!!!! Had you not filed a lawsuit,no potential employers or average person would even know this "embarassing stuff" existed.....but thanks to your lawsuit,EVERYONE knows now and will seek it out....good job stupid.|
|posted by (2014-07-23 00:06:43)|
|I used Tor for mask my IP address long time ago and now free cyberghost5 a couple times bud while surfing online Microsoft give me update for European update to be safety and what it all about around too for I don't get it how people did websites with more best ways to get websites anonymously from TX's.|
|Ah yes, "TOR Network Accused of Protecting Criminals". Tor was created for the USA military juggernaut. So if your talking about Bush, Chaney, Rice and all the others that concocted the Iraq war, then your right it is protecting the criminals. But I think were back to making something that works somewhat for privacy as being evil. "which allows users to upload and publicly share sexually explicit content without permission from the people in the pictures". Is this under the same name as " But we have to think of the children" to scare people into giving up their privacy. I put this under the same idiot reasoning as, a few drunks drive cars that kill people, so lets get rid of cars.||
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