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Msg#: 4690275 posted 7:28 am on Jul 24, 2014 (gmt 0)

The co-creator of a system designed to make internet users unidentifiable says he is tackling a "bug" that threatened to undermine the facility.

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Msg#: 4690275 posted 8:52 am on Jul 24, 2014 (gmt 0)

Is anything 100% anonymous! I doubt it.

Finding a bug must have surprised the developers. Those that rely on it will have to reconsider how important their security and privacy is until the bug is fixed.

It's still a great system and affords a good level of privacy.

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Msg#: 4690275 posted 10:49 am on Jul 24, 2014 (gmt 0)

It's still a great system and affords a good level of privacy.


What privacy?

I think the technology could be fixed, but it's hardly foolproof from what I can tell.

Any site that requires cookies and/or a login can easily track all of the TOR IPs being used in relation to that single user.

Additionally, if they aren't using a fully anonymizing proxy to filter out all of your browser date, which some don't, you're still vulnerable to device fingerprinting.

I won't go into the details of how you backtrack the user from what I've described above, but it's doable. Just not easily doable.

What works in stopping traditional tracking is that IPs come from all over the world and you need more than one of the TOR IPs to verify the source, and the jurisdiction issues is where that false sense of security comes from IMO.

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