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Professor shows how easy it is to identify Tor network users

Users try out Tor without properly configuring it, thinking they are secure, but aren't really secure at all, computer science professor shows
By Michael Hatamoto from Nov 17, 2014 @ 14:33 CST

It has become apparent that Tor isn't so secure after all, with government snooping and privacy experts showing the network can be easily compromised. Using Cisco Netflow, 81 percent of Tor users were de-anonymized by computer science professor Sambuddho Chakravarty - the end-user's IP address could be seen, along with a physical mailing address.




Silk Road - and additional Dark Net offerings - tried to use Tor to help keep organizers and users secure, but federal agencies were able to de-anonymize users.


"End users don't know how to properly configure it - they think it's a silver bullet," said Jayson Street, Infosec Ranger at the Pwnie Express security assessment company. "They think once they use this tool, they don't have to take other precautions. It's another reminder to users that nothing is 100 percent secure. If you're trying to stay protected online, you have to layer your defenses."


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