[Freedombox-discuss] Tor .onion domains

Lee Fisher blibbet at gmail.com
Sun May 8 15:15:18 UTC 2011

 > 6) Tor introduces a *different* set of privacy/security risks from
 > traditional ISPs. This relates to 1), in that if you use the Tor network
 > incorrectly (transmit unencrypted data over it) then that data is
 > vulnerable to snooping by the exit-node operators. This is a serious
 > because many common Internet protocols are plain-text by default and
it is
 > far easier to set up a Tor exit node and start snooping traffic than
it is
 > to infiltrate an ISP and start snooping the wires there. Anyone can
do it,
 > and it has been shown in the past that anyone does. This is not a
 > theoretical problem.

If Tor is used on a FB as an Exit Node, that'll increase legal risk for 
that box for confiscation, when a 'terrorist'/criminal uses that node 
for clear-text communication.

Isn't one Eben's main FB premises that data on your home-based 
FreedomBox would be more off-limits than with your data hosted 
elsewhere? If your data is hosted on this exit node, that seems like 
there might be some conflict with this premise.

On the positive side, a non-exit node would be less risky. And if FB is 
setting up some umbrella ISP-like infrastructure, maybe some of the 
Tor/ISP issues can be reduced.


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