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No, Department of Justice, 80 Percent of Tor Traffic Is Not Child Porn


At the State of the Net conference in Washington on Tuesday, US assistant attorney general Leslie Caldwell discussed what she described as the dangers of encryption and cryptographic anonymity tools like Tor, and how those tools can hamper law enforcement. Her statements are the latest in a growing drumbeat of federal criticism of tech companies and software projects that provide privacy and anonymity at the expense of surveillance. And as an example of the grave risks presented by that privacy, she cited a study she said claimed an overwhelming majority of Tor's anonymous traffic relates to pedophilia.

"Tor obviously was created with good intentions, but it's a huge problem for law enforcement," Caldwell said in comments reported by Motherboard and confirmed to me by others who attended the conference. "We understand 80 percent of traffic on the Tor network involves child pornography."

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Comment by Lola Flores
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Considering that Tor was created by the USG spooks for their sole purpose and entertainment, it is quite possible that they themselves are using it for child pornography...and much more than 80% of the time too.

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