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News, Security - Wednesday, May 29, 2013 16:49 - 23 Comments
news One of the top public servants involved in advising on national Australian cyber-security policy has admitted the division she helps lead was “not familiar” with the decade-old Tor software frequently used by activists and those seeking secure communications to protect their anonymity when using the Internet.
Tor is a package of free software and an associated network on the Internet which routes Internet traffic through a large set of complex network nodes online, encrypting and decrypting the communicated data along the way multiple times. The process, reminiscent of the layers of an onion for which the Tor project (‘The Onion Router’) was named, is complex and has the net effect of blocking the communicated Internet data from being eavesdropped on by law enforcement or other organisations. It was first developed in 2002 and has become popular in the decade since.
In May Greens Communications Spokesperson, Senator Scott Ludlam, filed a Freedom of Information request with the Department of Foreign Affairs and trade, seeking any documents pertaining to the Tor Project, which oversees development of the Tor system, and two individuals associated with the project — developer Jacob Appelbaum and project founder Roger Dingledine.
Ludlam’s interest in any documents associated with the Tor Project and the pair stems from the fact that both have recently visited Australia — Appelbaum most recently in January 2012, and Dingledine in May 2010.
In a letter to Ludlam on 28 May, DFAT wrote that it had failed to identify any documents relevant to Ludlam’s Freedom of Information Request. However, it did highlight a previously released cable in January 2012 from Australia’s Embassy in Washington to the department in Canberra that noted that the US Department of Justice had subpoenaed social networking site Twitter for information relating to Appelbaum, as part of a wider search relating to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and suspected Wikileaks leaker Bradley Manning. Continue…
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