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Re: cbc news article: Website wants to take whistleblowing online

On Thu, Jan 11, 2007 at 03:18:00PM -0500, James Muir wrote:
> http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2007/01/11/wikileaks-whistle.html
> quoting from the article:
> >Wikileaks uses an anonymous protocol known as The Onion Router, or
> >Tor, which encodes routing information in a set of encrypted layers
> >to hide its path. One expert told the New Scientist magazine that the
> >encryption the site uses may not be enough to protect whistleblowers.

Hey, Wikileaks people.  Your FAQ says that you're using "modified
versions of FreeNet, Tor, PGP and software of our own design."  This
is a perfect time to share your modifications to Tor with the rest of
us; if they're good, we'd like to include them in the main
distribution.  If they're bad, we'd like to be able to warn you before
some poor dissident gets thrown in jail.

Generally, keeping your design and source code secret before public is
not a good idea; at least two Tor-related projects I can think of that
have done this have had significant flaws exposed after their initial

Nick Mathewson

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