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Japanese Feds urge ISPs to support Tor ban plan
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2013 00:53:47 -0500 (CDT)


By Phil Muncaster
The Register
22nd April 2013

Japan’s technology-illiterate police have put themselves in the firing line once again after recommending what amounts to a blanket ban on the use of the Tor anonymiser network in the country.

The FBI-like National Police Agency is set to request ISPs to voluntarily block communications if the customer is found to have “abused” the service online, according to The Mainichi.

Given that there’s no way of actually checking what Tor is being used for in a particular instance, as it anonymises traffic, the implication is that if someone is using it they must be up to no good.

The recommendations were made at the end of last week by an NPA panel set up to work out how best to tackle cyber crimes using Tor.


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