el reg fondled by cats-paw 'study'
"if Tor's reputation for being rife with bad actors grows ..."
It just did.
People who access the internet through the anonymizing Tor network are much more likely to be up to no good than are typical internet users, according to a study by online reputation–tracking firm Iovation. The company announced on Tuesday that 30.2 per cent of the transactions it logged as coming from the Tor network during …
Not so sure!... More than two thirds of the traffic routed over an anonymising networking is legit! I found that surprising.
"bad actors" : honest people who want the NSA & friends to keep the fuck out of their business
Looks like an essential public service for the moral majority to me.
So one third of the specific type of traffic was proved to be illegitimate compared with 'normal' traffic which was 1% i.e. a ratio 33:1 'bad actors'. Quite what the remaining 2/3rds of TOR comprised is not clear, there may even have been to 'legitimate' users, perhaps, maybe.
Maybe they even share copies of films, 'music', etc.things that are too crap to purchase.
So correcting your errors,
"bad actors" : dishonest people who want someone else's bank to pay for their purchases [then delete this rabid irrelevant claptrap "the NSA & friends to keep the fuck out of their business"]
Looks like undesirable anti-public service for the immoral minority to me.
There, now that's a bit better.
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> Will not be long before ISP's are forced to ban its use.......
Heroic security researchers have discovered that evil terrorist software called Tor is being accidentally used by the dear children to circumvent your benevolent government "porn" protection filter and expose themselves to grooming by predators... ISPs have begun disincentivising its use for your protection and to protect the children.
What sort of fraud are they talking about here?
Like if I sign up through on some website for lawful purposes but give the name John Doe, would that be fraud? Because, duh, obviously people who use Tor care about their privacy and would do that kind of thing all the time.
Or are we talking about like credit card fraud, spamming, or some such that actually hurts the business in question and/or other people?
Of course its kind of vague, its FUD glorious FUD. Where is the study, the link on their website is another "Poster Piece" for selling their wares. No data, no references and even if you believe that they have 1.5 billion machines listening for "non specific" fraudulent traffic, that means that their estimate is based on seeing almost 1/2 the internet, which is better than the NSA.
4 Billion address, i can see 1.5 billion of them, Pah!
Where is Radio 4's more or less when you need them?
Why don't these "studies" ever seem to focus on the real cause of problems.
If people want to use porn : Ask yourself WHY.
If people want to use drugs : Ask yourself WHY.
If people want to buy guns : Ask yourself WHY.
Maybe just maybe, there are a lot of very unhappy people on this planet. Seriously ask yourself why and then go about finding solutions to help the poor buggers. Telling them that Bill gates now has 72 Billion in the bank, oe that Abramovich has the worlds 3 largest yachts is not a solution.
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