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Study finds that more than 80% web traffic in Tor is related to child-porn

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Tor is one of the most invaluable anonymity tools out there today, something that even the NSA will admit to. Often times this tool is used to access questionable or even illegal content and services. While various drug forums and contraband markets make up the majority of the websites accessed through Tor, websites that facilitate the sexual abuse of children make up the vast majority of the traffic through Tor.

The mysterious corner of the Internet known as the Dark Web is designed to defy all attempts to identify its inhabitants. But one group of researchers has attempted to shed new light on what those users are doing under the cover of anonymity. Their findings indicate that an overwhelming majority of their traffic is driven by the Dark Web’s darkest activity: the sexual abuse of children. At the Chaos Computer Congress in Hamburg, Germany today, University of Portsmouth computer science researcher Gareth Owen will present the results of a six-month probe of the web’s collection of Tor hidden services, which include the stealthy websites that make up the largest chunk of the Dark Web. The study paints an ugly portrait of that Internet underground: drug forums and contraband markets are the largest single category of sites hidden under Tor’s protection, but traffic to them is dwarfed by visits to child abuse sites.

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