NSA has had little success in cracking Tor network, documents reveal

By Shawn Knight · 9 replies
Oct 5, 2013
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  1. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has released classified documents that reveal the government agency, along with its British counterpart GCHQ, have had little success in trying to crack the Tor anonymizing protocol. It’s all a bit ironic when you consider Tor...

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  2. John Carter

    John Carter TS Rookie

    Of course the benefit for spying is to not let the enemy know you know ... the recent arrest of the Silk Road guy could be an example of why this premise is either not true or not entirely true whether or not it might have been true at one point. My risk analysis of the situation says it is smarter to obey the law. ;)
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  3. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,719   +3,697

    I was thinking along those lines to. I'm almost positive they wouldn't tell whether or not they could.
  4. FF222

    FF222 TS Booster Posts: 93   +33

    Riiiight... NSA "leak" exposes that the U.S government can't penetrate the Tor network and identify users on it. Never mind, that there have been many indepent studies that confirmed that it's indeed possible to identify users, or that it was the U.S. government (DARPA) who actually created and built the Tor network in the first place. Just jump on it people! You can the trust the U.S. when they say they are unable to track you there. Can't you?
  5. Tor be or not Tor be...that is the question.
  6. Oh, come one, even if they can't spy the terrorist they can still check your porn.
  7. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    Its called FALSE INFORMATION for a reason. See taking down the silk road is a major accomplishment. If they could take the silk road down, then it stands to reason that they can take ANYONE down. Now many people will say that this view is a conspiracy theorist POV. I say quite the opposite. They took a MAJOR player down. When that happends the smaller fish tend to scatter. By putting this information out there that they couldnt crack TOR, is just another method of causing all those little fish to group back up, or start useing the TOR network again. Given the general arrogance of the standard consumer, they will ASSUME that this information is correct and continue their illegal activites online.
    What this article basically tells me is that they want to get all those smaller fish back to nibbling. While they have access and a way to target TOR users BEFORE a patch or upgrade is put out to close off that avenue.
  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,983   +2,527

    You know what, all this amounts to since Richard Snowden is, the NSA now has to keep two set of documents. One for the people they're sure they can trust, and another as bait for would be leakers.
  9. avoidz

    avoidz TS Guru Posts: 460   +56

    Sure... And I've got some primo swampland you might be interested in.
  10. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    So the guy who leaked information that has us all talking about the NSA is now no longer credible? Some of his leaks are to be believed but others aren't? They told you what they can do and can't do, this article doesn't say that TOR is completely safe, just somewhat.

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