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Anonymity

Postby ed » Fri Sep 09, 2016 11:50 am

I was thinking about this, here in the bunker.

Can you be anonymous on the net? Even if you use an anonymous proxy you still have to communicate with it thru nodes or whatever they are called. Is being anonymous a fantasy?
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Re: Anonymity

Postby Anaxagoras » Fri Sep 09, 2016 11:57 am

Well I've heard that the Tor browser makes it possible. But I'm not an expert so I don't know. I know it isn't foolproof though. People still get caught. I was reading the other day about an FBI sting on a child porn site. They took over the site and then used it to infect the users' computers with malware, and the malware snitched on them.

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Re: Anonymity

Postby ed » Fri Sep 09, 2016 1:58 pm

Tor isn't secure. I think it's impossible.

Unless, naturally, you are Hillary
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Re: Anonymity

Postby Anaxagoras » Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:59 am

ed wrote:I was thinking about this, here in the bunker.

Can you be anonymous on the net? Even if you use an anonymous proxy you still have to communicate with it thru nodes or whatever they are called. Is being anonymous a fantasy?


Apparently helping people stay anonymous may be a crime:

The FBI Busts Phantom Secure CEO for Allegedly Selling Encrypted Phones to Gangs, Drug Cartels

The FBI has arrested the owner of Phantom Secure, one of a number of phone companies that it claims sells customized BlackBerry and Android devices for use in international criminal organizations.

Per Motherboard, court records and interviews with anonymous sources indicate that the FBI, along with Canadian and Australian police, targeted Phantom Secure for deliberately selling drug cartels phones designed for criminal activity. According to the report, the FBI says that the company and CEO Vincent Ramos knew full well that their devices were being used in violent crime:

A complaint filed in the Southern District of California on Thursday charges Vincent Ramos, the founder and CEO of Canada-based Phantom, with racketeering conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs, as well as conspiracy to distribute narcotics, and aiding and abetting. Authorities arrested Ramos on Thursday, according to the court docket. Crucially, the complaint alleges that Ramos and Phantom were not simply incidental to a crime, like Apple might be when a criminal uses an iPhone, but that the company was specifically created to facilitate criminal activity.

The phones in question had cameras, microphones, and standard connectivity functions disabled and a version of Pretty Good Privacy that routes messages overseas added, with FBI alleging the company allowed customers to remotely wipe data.

For people allegedly in the business of helping gangs like the Sinaloa Cartel and Hells Angels operate under the radar of the authorities, Phantom staff were remarkably indiscreet. Motherboard reported that some of the company’s customers used email addresses like ““Leadslinger,” “trigger-happy,” “knee_capper9,” and—come on—“the.cartel”. Undercover Canadian police also reported that when asked if the phones were good for “sending MDMA to Montreal,” Phantom staff replied that would be “totally fine.”

“We made it—we made it specifically for this [drug trafficking] too,” Ramos allegedly told undercover police.

The FBI (as well as other US law enforcement organs like the Department of Justice) has been waging a war on encryption technology for a while, claiming that criminals equipped with impregnable mobile devices are interfering with its ability to conduct investigations. It’s also tried to force companies like Apple to build surveillance backdoors into their devices, which could potentially weaken the security features available to normal users with no intent of breaking the law.
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Re: Anonymity

Postby Abdul Alhazred » Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:24 am

I think rather in terms of quasi-anonymity.

Enough to deter random harassment? Sure. Easy in fact.

But not enough to prevent the government or a determined enemy.
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Re: Anonymity

Postby Witness » Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:08 am

I've read an article which said, roughly from memory, "Cruising the Web with Tor is donning a Christmas tree costume."

But there are so many "expert" opinions… :mrgreen:

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Re: Anonymity

Postby sparks » Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:34 am

You can lead them to knowledge, but you can't make them think.

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Re: Anonymity

Postby Witness » Thu Mar 15, 2018 5:40 am

And it's not only the Internet, just add a tad of facial recognition:

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