Tor: Freedom for whom?

Tor is a system designed to anonymise Internet connections for users concerned about their privacy. It's free, it's simple, it's effective and it facilitates troublemaking.

...Tor works by routing a user's Internet connection through a long and wholly undocumented and unlogged list of participating hosts. Theoretically, it is impossible to trace a connection back to its origin through this system. With the lack of logging, the only practical way is to monitor participating hosts and try and figure out who is doing what. The result is that anyone who uses Tor is anonymous to anyone whose services he is using. This provides the Tor user the freedom to privacy, and complete freedom from being identified.

This also takes away service providers' freedom to monitor access, and the freedom from abuse. NewsForge | Tor: Freedom for whom?

Linked by shanmuga Saturday, 24th June 2006 11:11PM