The Big Question We’re Currently Asked About, Relates To The Silk Road Website…Yes, The One That Was Just Taken Down By The FBI…So What Exactly Is Tor, And How Did It Work Anonymously?

Posted By on October 4, 2013

Well, Tor seems to be a very deep subject, pun intended…..and in fact we don’t profess to know everything about it, but we’ll try to explain things as best as possible here.

Tor was originally an acronym for The Onion Router (TOR),and is free software for enabling online anonymity. Tor directs Internet traffic through a free, worldwide, volunteer network consisting of more than three thousand relays to conceal a user’s location or usage from anyone conducting network surveillance or traffic analysis. Using Tor makes it more difficult to trace Internet activity, including “visits to Web sites, online posts, instant messages, and other communication forms”, back to the user and is intended to protect the personal privacy of users, as well as their freedom and ability to conduct confidential business by keeping their internet activities from being monitored.

“Onion Routing” refers to the layers of the encryptio used. The original data, including its destination, are encrypted and re-encrypted multiple times, and are sent through a virtual circuit comprising successive, randomly selected Tor relays. Each relay decrypts a “layer” of encryption to reveal only the next relay in the circuit, in order to pass the remaining encrypted data on to it. The final relay decrypts the last layer of encryption and sends the origanal data, without revealing or even knowing its sender, to the destination. This method reduces the chance of the original data being understood in transit and, more notably, conceals the routing of it.

So now you know!

But here are a few more interesting things about TOR.

Tor found its origins under DARPA and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. which had been instrumental in the early development of onion routing….Just so you know, Darpa stands for The (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). It is an agency of the United States Department of Defense responsible for the development of new technologies for use by the military. DARPA has been responsible for funding the development of many technologies which have had a major effect on the world, including computer networking, as well as NLS, and an important precursor to the contemporary ubiquitous graphical user interface. Darpa and IN-Q-TEL have been involved in multitudes of new super high technologies. In-Q-Tel of Arlington, Virginia, is a not-for-profit venture capital firm that invests in high-tech companies (many of which are listed and trade on various stock exchanges) for the purpose of keeping the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and other intelligence agencies equipped with the latest in information technology in support of the United States intelligence capability. You can go to www.iqt.org and see some of the things they are currently working on. 

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Sources…..Wise Dog, www.wikipedia.com

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