Both Debian And TOR Services Are Now Available Via The .Onion Address
The Debian Project (working for for the development of the Linux-based Debian OS) just announced that it has made available it repositories and services on the Tor network and that their reason for the shift is to enhance the anonymity and security of those who use Debian Linux.
According Peter Palfrader in a blog post,
While onion services can be used to conceal the network location of the machine providing the service, this is not the goal here. Instead, we employ onion services because they provide end-to-end integrity and confidentiality, and they authenticate the onion service end point.
From its inception, Tor’s onion routing method has been praised because it offers a great level of security over highly encrypted connections while concealing the identity of all its users on the network.
The post added that
“As a community, we acknowledge that users should not feel that their every action is trackable or observable by others.”
Debian project has future plans to cover more services with a .onion address. As of now, both the Debian Security and Debian FTP archives are available via the .onion address. On installation of the apt-transport-tor package, the tor-enabled mirrors will replace the existing ones in the apt configuration file.
The Debian repository on Tor can also be accesed via:
deb tor+http://sdscoq7snqtznauu.onion/jessie main
A complete list of all the Debian services the Tor network uses are available for viewing at onion.debian.org.
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