TOR anonymizing proxy servers seized in Germany on child porn charges
Last night, German authorities raided seven data centers in search of child pornography trafficking or evidence thereof, seizing a total of ten servers in the process. This would be a routine incident in the worldwide battle against underage porn distribution, if not for the fact that some of these machines were running TOR anonymyzing proxy servers, and nothing else.
TOR is an "onion routing" system, where a directory server points your traffic to a middleman node that can pass it on to other middlemen or to an exit node. The exit node finally connects to the site you're trying to reach, and the data is sent back through the system of middleman tunnels. Every step of the way is encrypted, except for the final exit node to the content server connection. That makes the exit node show up in server logs as the connecting party, and it's probably why the German police thought that the confiscated servers had been looking at naughty images. TOR anonymizing proxy servers seized in Germany on child porn charges
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