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Old 02-20-2015, 11:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Why is this not already a big deal here?

So I'm watching the latest episode of Morgan Spurlock's Inside Man, on CNN of all places, and I was surprised to learn about "the rest of the story", as far as what the internet is actually comprised of and how it works. TOR (The Onion Router) is freeware that allows people to chat, search, transact business, and generally communicate over the internet's Deep Web, which actually constitutes about 80 odd percent of the web that most of us typically never touch. The really cool part of this is that it allows you to maintain a level of anonymity and layered encryption that even the NSA admits it can't handle.

THIS is where we all need to be. Right now it is estimated that there are about 4 million users world wide, and because of its exclusive use of Bitcoin for mercantile transactions it has been targeted by law enforcement and national security agencies for hacking and monitoring, but so far they have supposedly been pretty much excluded. The FBI has tracked down the Silk Road dude (but I think there's already a Silk Road II) and some kiddy porn servers, but for the most part these people were victims of their own hubris, greed, and the character of the people that they choose to deal with. For normal law abiding citizens, and even those on the fringe, where there is no call for the NSA to attempt breaking into your home to hack your physical terminal, we've nothing to fear (not that there ever is any acceptable reason for the gov't to be conducting warrant-less searches). Personal privacy restored! Halleluiah, NSA's PRISM defeated. At least that's what it looks like from here.

All new news to me, and I am by no means a tech guy, but ya better believe I'm going to run this by everyone that I know for vetting just as soon as I possibly can. The Wiki is interesting in its own right, and the television episode was good as well. Just thought that this was probably old news here, but when I searched here for "TOR" I got bupkiss, much to my surprise.

So what say yee? Take a look and share what ya know and/or think. This looks very interesting.
... and did I mention it's all free?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor_%2...ity_network%29

https://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html

Fuck the government and all of their surveillance shit right in the ass! Spurlock's show was mainly all about Bitcoin, and it included an interview with one of THE fucking dumbest humans on the planet, A Senator from West Virginia named Joe Manchin (yeah, hard to believe right?). The fucking moron actually referred to the Fed as being the authority that should be handling Bitcoin??? AND that people have a hard time getting their mind around such crazy science fiction as a currency like Bitcoin. His inference obviously being that it is fucking nuts for people to risk their life's savings by leaving it in a make believe currency that isn't backed buy anything and that could go bust tomorrow. Maybe not so amazingly, this douchebag had just described the very crap scrip that the Feral Reserve issues in our name. At least there's a cap on how much Bitcoin can ever be issued. Bitcoin has value just as long as people are willing to accept it as such... just like Feral Reserve notes. The difference is that Bitcoins aren't encumbered by tens of trillions of dollars of debt that can never be repaid... so which one is the riskier?

Even if you're not a supporter of the alternative currency movement (I prefer gold and silver myself, but still own some Bitcoin just in case), the TOR Project looks to ooze awesome. Multi-layered encryption that can make the NSA weep? I just got a boner!
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Old 02-20-2015, 08:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm workin' through a bunch of posts and papers on a security forum. So far there is no consensus, but generally TOR is highly regarded. This Electronic Frontier Foundation liked it, and their group itself was started and is run by some pretty cool dudes, especially this John Gilmore dude. Big time pro weed, Libertarian, acid head from my era. Plus he's from York, Pa., which if he's still there is right around the corner from Sage and sorta close to me. Anyway, so far it looks like the trick is to load their TailsOS (which communicates through TOR) onto a USB drive and boot their GNU/Debian?Linux based OS from your computer through a Virtual Machine (a lot simpler than it sounds). Then if you're near any Wifi, other than your own, re-program your MAC address, keep a low profile in the crowd, and the odds of anyone ever noticing you are slim to none. Even if they did, you unplug the USB and they're lookin' for a computer running Linux and your laptop is Windows or Mac?

That plus the encryption that the onion routing provides basically bounces your shit all over the world, between "nodes". Each layer of the encryption only reveals the address of the node preceding and the node ahead, but there is no information contained in the packet that even mentions the point of origin or destination. Short of telling someone what you are doing, the only way that the encrypt can be tied to someone is if the authority involved was actually able to pin down the destination node and be controlling it when the packet rolled out the other end of the tunnel so to speak. I'm still trying to vet this all out, but I'm pretty sure that's the basics of it.

They have all kinds of e-commerce, but Bitcoin is THE only accepted method of payment, and that is fucking sweet because it gives all of those little cunts at the Feral Reserve and Congress a giant anal aneurism... and that makes me smile!

https://tails.boum.org/about/index.en.html

https://act.eff.org/


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This is for running the OS on an alternate drive (USB, etc.).

Using a Portable VirtualBox to run Linux from USB | USB Pen Drive Linux
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