The CIA’s Newest Website Is Now On Tor

Tor which is short for, “The Onion Router” began its life back in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. The The Onion Router (Tor) network began its life, much like the internet we use today as a U.S. government project. Its design allows journalist and activists access to the internet in a completely secure and anonymous way. Freeing themselves from censorship found in many countries. Recently however, the Tor network has come under major scrutiny due its use of illegal activity where individuals can buy, sell, and trade guns, drugs, purchase your sensitive information, among others.

The Tor network works by bouncing your internet traffic across the internet, through multiple countries, before allowing that connection to complete at a website. Due to Tor’s anonymization, the URLs are also quite different. For instance, Facebook’s URL on the clear web (what is normally used) is www.facebook.com. The Tor network address is quite different as its facebookcorewwwi.onion. Notice the .onion at the end and not .com? This allows the user to know that they are accessing a website on the Tor network, offering complete anonymity. This is just one example as there are many other websites and search engines like DuckDuckGo that also has a Tor network website.

The Central Intelligence Agency (or CIA) has now decided that they too want to provide security and anonymity on the web with a clone of its website on The Onion Router. One can view content, apply for jobs, and submit information in a secret manner while not having to worry about someone eavesdropping on their internet connection. The CIA’s Tor URL is ciadotgov4sjwlzihbbgxnqg3xiyrg7so2r2o3lt5wz5ypk4sxyjstad.onion.

To find more information about Tor and how you can take advantage of its security, head on over to the Tor Project’s website. The Tor browser is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. To have complete security, I would highly recommend the use of Tails which is a distribution that can be loaded from a thumb drive. It is based on Debian with many built in tools for encryption and anonymous web browsing.

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