Tor (software)

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Tor
Tor-logo-2011-flat.svg
Developer(s) Roger Dingledine and Nick Mathewson
Initial release ?
Stable release 0.2.4.22 / May 16, 2014
Written in C
Operating system Cross-platform
Available in ?
Type Onion routing / Anonymity
License BSD license
Website www.torproject.org

The Onion Router or Tor is a server that keeps users anonymous on the Internet. It works by moving data across many Tor servers, called "hops". The role of each server is to only move that data to another server. With the final hop moving data to the end site. As a result, information transmitted in this way is hard to trace.

Operation[change | change source]

Tor is used to hide Internet users. People who run the Tor network run a network of onion routers. This makes the location of the user secret. Services can also be hosted from "secret" locations using the Tor "Hidden services" feature.

Unlawful use[change | change source]

The Tor network can be used for purposes that are against the law in some places. This can be criticizing leaders of state, P2P sharing of copyrighted files, moving child pornography.[1][2][3], or buying and selling illegal drugs.

References[change | change source]

  1. Cleaning up Tor on broadband.com
  2. Anders Bylund (September 11, 2006). "TOR anonymizing proxy servers seized during German child porn investigation". http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060911-7709.html.
  3. Jones, Robert (2005). Internet forensics. O'Reilly. pp. P133. ISBN 059610006X .

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