When Tor started in September 2002, it was supposed to be made for civilians to browse the internet privately.
But what you do not know is the dark secret behind Tor and how involved the government truly was.
You will see that the government at any time, can ask Tor for information about their users.
The government has been funding Tor since its inception.
In July 2014, a hacker obtained top secret documents belonging to the NSA.
They also found a source code showing that the NSA had targeted and possibly compromised Tor – a major threat to all Tor users.
Tor says it can protect you and keep you anonymous on the web, but the NSA can now record your online activities on Tor without your knowledge.
Many groups like WikiLeaks said this violates the concept of privacy and the US Constitution.
In its early stages after moving from the government to private sector, a quarter of a million dollars from the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) and under $100,000 from Internews, totaling around $500,000 of funding in 2007.
In 2009, approximately $900,000 funding was received.
Year over year, the number of sponsors and funding for Tor has increased.
To show how unsafe Tor is with the government involved following its privatization, we can view a rather humorous example.
A man named Eldo Kim, a student at Harvard University who wanted to miss an exam, sent a fake bomb threat using Tor.
When the FBI was tracing Kim online, Tor made the FBI take a little longer – but it was not impossible.
There are other cases of this with authorities, including the FBI, shutting down major Tor sites like Silk Road and Freedom Hosting through exploits.
While some may consider that Tor provided assistance to law enforcement, it is unlikely based on their current direction and that independent hacker have found the exploit by running a Tor node with them being in a position to see unencrypted traffic.
While it is the best software out there at the moment, this also adds to Tor’s instability and lack of top-end security.
Many Tor supporters show us that the NSA leaked documents point that they hate Tor and that there powerless against Tor.
The truth is, however, if the government wanted to then they can compromise Tor – they’ve done it before, and they’ll continue to do it in the future.
What people seem to not get is that Tor is not an end-all be-all solution.
It was made for surfing the web privately, not to facilitate illicit communities and actions.
That is why so many illegal activities done by those who do not cover up their traces get caught.
The tiniest oversights can lead you into some serious trouble if you are not careful.
If you want more information on this topic, read about VPNs and internet safety.
Even without the government having to compromise Tor’s data, they can usually see your other online activities through Chrome, Firefox, and other browsers.
They most likely will never have to compromise Tor users unless they are dealing with extremely illicit material, though.
If something legitimately threatening to the US appears on the dark web, the USmay dedicate serious resources to anti-Tor measures and use the data they find to track the adversaries.
This would be crippling to all who use Tor as their rights and privacy are stripped.
This would go against the first amendment of the Constitution which states “abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press” is unconstitutional.The government has circumvented the Constitution in the name of national security, though, so users would need to be cautious with their activities.
With Tor being connected to the government we can see how Tor is not and never was inherently safe.
But a question to ask is how far the government will go in the current surveillance state, even if it evades Americans’ privacy and rights?