Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Another Way Around Tor

Tor works well as an anonymizer but shouldn't be relied upon for encryption, according to a security researcher who collected e-mails from the Russian and Indian embassies. Both used Tor for handling their diplomatic e-mail but didn't encrypt the traffic when it entered or left Tor.

The Swedish researcher, Dan Egerstad, got into Tor by setting up his node on a peer-to-peer network used by the embassies. Egerstad was able to grab user names and passwords for around 100 embassies in August.

I've reported on Tor security issues in previous posts.

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