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Tor Is Building an Anonymous Instant Messenger 109

An anonymous reader writes in with news about a new anonymous instant messenger client on the way from Tor. "Forget the $16 billion romance between Facebook and WhatsApp. There's a new messaging tool worth watching. Tor, the team behind the world's leading online anonymity service, is developing a new anonymous instant messenger client, according to documents produced at the Tor 2014 Winter Developers Meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland."
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Tor Is Building an Anonymous Instant Messenger

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  • Joy of joys! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by msauve ( 701917 ) on Thursday February 27, 2014 @08:43PM (#46364189)
    Now I'll be able to communicate with some random, anonymous Internet person.

    Slashdot is doomed.
  • Re:OTR (Score:5, Insightful)

    by stoborrobots ( 577882 ) on Thursday February 27, 2014 @08:55PM (#46364275)

    That hides the content of your communication, but it still shows that you're communicating, and with whom. So the "metadata" that the NSA and/or FB are interested in is still available...

    Ostensibly using TOR hides the fact that you're the one communicating, and who you're communicating with... (Whether that's still true in practice is another question...)

  • Re:Joy of joys! (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 27, 2014 @09:09PM (#46364365)
    I'm having a hard time understanding how a first post can be modded "redundant."
  • Re:Tor? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by FriendlyLurker ( 50431 ) on Friday February 28, 2014 @04:45AM (#46365905)

    yep that's the one. I wouldn't trust Tor network as an anonymity service for anything, let alone something I really wanted to keep secret.

    Tor is solid, are you and the GP trying to deceive, or have you been decieved?

    Would you like to know more? "How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations" []

  • Re:Tor? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by fulldecent ( 598482 ) on Friday February 28, 2014 @09:55AM (#46366855) Homepage

    >> Additionally the NSA's own documents released by Edward Snowden showed that the NSA can't break current TOR releases.

    That was 2007.

    Other things you couldn't do in 2007:
      * Use an iPhone
      * Use a Samsung Galaxy
      * Use What's App
      * Read anything except "this housing boom will go on forever!" in the news

    In other words, that was forever ago.

    Where is a more recent credible assessment of adversary capabilities specifically to the TOR network?

Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later. -- F. Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"