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Tor unveils improved Onion services

The Tor Blog[1] has detailed the next generation of onion services. “We’ve been working on this project non-stop for the past 4 years and we officially launched it two weeks ago by publishing our first alpha releases,” stated the report. It stated that the legacy onion system has been around for over 10 years, and it has “started to show”.

Improvements to the service include:

  • Cryptography – cutting-edge crypto algorithms and improved authentication schemes.
  • New protocol – a redesigned directory system to defend against info leaks and reduce the overall attack surface.
  • Bigger onions – new onions are “bigger and tastier” and they now look like this: “7fa6xlti5joarlmkuhjaifa47ukgcwz6tfndgax45ocyn4rixm632jid.onion”.

“The new system is a well-needed improvement that fixes many shortcomings of the old design, and builds a solid foundation for future onion work.”

Now read: Why Google blocked access to users’ files[2]

References

  1. ^ Tor Blog (blog.torproject.org)
  2. ^ Why Google blocked access to users’ files (mybroadband.co.za)

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