The CIA has introduced its personal web site on Tor, promising an nameless path to tipping off the federal government on the identical platform many folks use to cover from it – and leaving the web asking if Tor itself is a spy software.
Privacy-minded netizens use nameless searching instruments like Tor for quite a lot of causes, together with (however not restricted to) soothing surveillance-induced paranoia, buying medication, maintaining their info protected from the federal government – and now, apparently, giving info to the federal government.
“Secure, anonymous, untraceable—traits ever-present in CIA’s intelligence collection mission— and the same is true for our onion site, which is now available over the Tor network,” the federal government company wrote on Twitter, asserting the “latest layer” of their operations.
TOR (‘The Onion Router) basically protects customers by encrypting Internet site visitors and bouncing it via a sequence of relays or “onion layers” that masks their precise location. The software will assist folks to ship in “truly anonymous” suggestions, whether or not they need to browse the CIA truth guide or flip informant on their authorities.
“Our international mission calls for that people can entry us securely from wherever. Creating an onion website is only one of some ways we’re going the place individuals are,” stated the CIA’s Director of Public Affairs Brittany Bramell.
While “going where people are” is perhaps a pleasant sentiment for a supply service, it rings barely extra threatening when provided by an company tasked with spying on residents and overthrowing overseas governments.
Quite a couple of folks on Twitter replied to the CIA’s beneficiant providing, though not precisely with the type of useful info the company may need been anticipating.