Just a couple years ago, Tor was something known only by tech-geeks. However, since leaks about the surveillance strategies of US and UK spies have arisen, Tor has become a target of criticism, accusations of promoting a “dark web” of pedophiles, drug dealers, and arms traders.
What is Tor?
The Tor project is a non-profit association that allowed users to browse the internet anonymously. It is intended to stop individuals – including government organizations and partnerships – from knowing of your location or learning about your browsing traditions.
The Tor network conceals your identity by moving your traffic across various Tor servers while encrypting the traffic. This makes it almost impossible for anybody to recognize the source of the data or region of the web client.
Tor’s software package, the Tor browser bundle can be downloaded easily and does not require any setup procedure. Although, you’ll experience a much slower internet than usual due to the number of relays your data goes through.
Who created Tor?
It was originally developed by the US Navy and received 60% of its funding from the State Departments and Department of Defense, along with several other backing bodies.
When it was initially launched in 2002, the project’s main focus was on securing every internet users’ privacy from corporations over governments.
Related: How to use Tor browser on iPhone
Who uses Tor?
Tor users fall into four main groups:
- Normal users looking to just keep their browsing activities concealed from websites and advertisers
- Cyber-spying concerned users that do not want their personal information to be tracked by any corporation.
- Journalists and activists in countries with restrictions on the internet.
- Whistleblowers can leak information to journalists while maintaining their privacy and having the freedom to express their true opinions.
The dark side
Regardless of all its perks, everything has its drawbacks as well. It is important to be fully aware of what you click on while browsing with Tor. While many sites are socially acceptable or legal for that matter, others are known for having disturbing content. Stumbling upon such a web page showcasing criminal behavior or anything of that sort could land you in serious trouble.
Additionally, along with cloaking your identity Tor is also able to host websites, which means these sites are only accessible by people on the Tor network. These are known as criminal sites or in more obvious words “the dark web”. The FBI and NSA have tracked down many of such sites, promoting disturbing content, drug purchases, illegal arms trading and much more.
We’re in an era of free-flowing data available to us with just a click of a button. Moreover, the internet is expanding on a daily basis and its depths are still unknown. With Tor becoming more widely used by internet users, the FBI and NSA have become more persistent in attempting to crack the network. In the end, it all depends on the user and for what activities they use Tor.
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According to Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, William Galvin, Bitcoin is dangerous for investors because it’s subject to manipulation. He issued a warning against the cryptocurrency in December for Massachusetts state just like the one that his office issued in the 80’s against Apple.
Mr Galvin said that Bitcoin is a subject to manipulation because none of us can explain it. Neither any of us can explain precisely when and from where these profits are coming and going. According to Mr Galvin, there’s no question about it, as it’s clearly a bubble. People are investing in it because they believe that they’re going to make lots of money by just investing in this.
He also warned that he has seen many bubbles for centuries but this one certainly succeeds. He thinks that by simply adding the word Blockchain to your name, a company entirely dissimilar could go up so it’s clear that’s it’s a wide mania and a bubble.
Bitcoin’s highest price was last seen just before the Christmas at $19,000. During the Christmas holidays, the cryptocurrency fell down below $13,000 for four days constantly. Although its value changed back to $16,000 after Christmas, but it has since decreased once again. According to Coindesk, on December 29, bitcoin is now valued at $14,211.86.
35-year-old Michael Richo of Wallingford, Connecticut, finally confessed to stealing $365,000 in Bitcoin in Hartford Federal Court on Tuesday. According to a release from the US Department of Justice, through a phishing scheme, he posted malicious links programmed to appear as a replica of very popular dark market websites.
Richo accepted that he stole more than 10,000 usernames and passwords and used this data to supervise the bitcoin balance and accounts of victims. He then sold his victims’ assets on Bitcoin exchange platforms for US dollars.
He was previously arrested last October on charges of wire fraud, identity theft, and computer fraud. Eventually, he gave in and was pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced in September.
The charges are meant to carry a maximum sentence of 30 years of imprisonment.
News credit: coindesk.com
22 April 2017, Berlin, the first European blockchain conference for healthcare targets c-level executives. Where the conference organizers under the patronage of German federal ministry and will schedule from 31 may 2017. Therefore, Conference’s main focus will be on healthcare and health insurance. Let’s have a look at blockchain first. Afterward, we will discuss the different aspects of this conference.
Blockchain And Healthcare:
Blockchain technology was anonymously introduced in 2009, without a need for central authority.
Worldwide acceptance of blockchain creates its history. As a result, Health industry notices the advantages in adopting blockchain. Not all the participants but current insurers partnering up with blockchain -linked system.
Basically, this is the start of blockchain in the healthcare industry.
Health Coverage Through Better Management:
As blockchain maintain secure transactions between its participants. Which provide the high transparency as compare to the current paradigm of the insurance world. Middlemen have a dominant role in our lives, especially in the insurance world. But with blockchain technology applications, things get quite different. For example, if a person needs a doctor, a psychologist. He/ She can easily apply to a blockchain-developed program. Similarly, same with health insurance.
Dr. Eberhard Scheuer, CEO eHealth Consulting and organizer of the summit states, “The conference provides an interactive platform for professionals in healthcare and associated industries to gain insights from blockchain experts and startups into the latest developments in this fast-growing industry.”
Reto Gradient, Founder B. ACADEMY and co-organizer of the event states, “The financial industry has had its blockchain wake-up call in 2015. Today they are working on solutions already. Now it’s up to the traditional players in the healthcare industry, to understand the disruptive power of this new technology”.
Registration of the blockchain healthcare starts now. Companies are interesting to join this event.