Tor Anonymity Network Spreads Around the World


Screen-Shot-2015-09-14-at-10.39.32-AM-932x506 Image: LUKE MILLANTA


„As the anonymity software Tor approaches its tenth year online, it’s grown into a powerful, deeply-rooted privacy network.

Despite Tor’s origins as a research project at the US Navy and later at MIT, privacy-loving Germany has overtaken the US in total nodes, with France, the Netherlands, and Russia coming close behind.

And a new real-time map of that network illustrates just how widespread and global that network has become.

On Friday, freelance Sydney-based coder Luke Millanta launched Onionview, a web-based project that counts and tracks the geographic location of Tor nodes, the volunteer computers that bounce encrypted traffic around the web to offer Tor users anonymity. His goal, in part, was to show the network’s scale and how much it’s grown. “People think that Tor is 10 people running computers in their basements,” Millanta says. “When people see the map, they say ‘Holy shit. That’s what…

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