Questions tagged [deanonymization]

De-anonymization (also spelt as deanonymization) is a strategy in data mining in which anonymous data is cross-referenced with other sources of data to re-identify the anonymous data source.

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Can a USB drive's serial number or unique hardware be used to identify me?

When using a technology like tails, For privacy concerns, should I concern myself with whether a USB drive, and my purchase of it, can be used to trace me while running tails?
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Can I permanently blow my anonimity on Tor?

I am new to Tor. I'm not using it for anything illegal or suspicious, I'm just trying to protect my privacy as best as I can from my ISP, NSA, etc. (primarily my IP address, and anything that could ...
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Knowing all differences between Tor browser and normal Firefox to foil Tor detection techniques

Tor beside anonymizing our location also make us unique as very few users actually use it on each webservice. question is in what ways destination sites can detect Tor browser? for instance canvas ...
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Is browsing with Tor safe against non government entities?

I apologize in advance for my lack of understanding. I am planning on starting an adult content website which I plan on running 100% legally and in compliance with all rules and regulations. However, ...
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ip-check.info - Unknown IP, possibly your own, uncovered by FTP

I checked with http://ip-check.info and I got this warning. When I did tested with that site, this never occurred until now. I didn't install any other addons or plugins in Tor Browser Bundle. I only ...
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Why guard and exit nodes are allowed to be from same country?

If one's connection is corrupted when your guard and exit node is the same person (that can then analyze your traffic and based on that figure out your IP), why does Tor allow them to be from the same ...
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How this website see Real location?

The website xvideos.com see your real location ( in left top side the icon of your real locations it's showed ) even with Safest Security Level Why ?
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Clearing the client side DNS cache provides privacy improvement?

Context. In my quest on figuring out if I must use NEWNYM signal or stream isolation is enough for me I dig into the code and narrowed down the possible privacy improvements that NEWNYM can bring over ...
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Double connection to Tor from one IP

Is there any security issues or deanonymise techniques when a user use Tor from his tablet and from his Notebook at same moment ? Same question "Is there any security issues or deanonymise ...
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Can I prevent Tor from building single-hop circuits?

Despite the manual's declared defaults [below], Onion Circuits shows single hop circuits being "Built" by Tor. So I have edited my torrc to specifically include ExcludeSingleHopRelays 1 and ...
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How do we find out the identities of online scammer(s) who used TOR?

A TOR node http://85.93.218.204/ was used for an online scam and more than 20 falilies were involved. How can we uncover identifiable information (such as IP addresses, devices and etc) of these ...
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TOR traffic correlation: how quickly can you be de-anonymized?

I know that statistical analysis of the data entering and leaving the TOR network can be used to de-anonymise users given enough time. http://www.ohmygodel.com/publications/usersrouted-ccs13.pdf How ...
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Can partially predictable behavior deanonymize a Tor user?

Let's say a Tor user has a history of routinely accessing websites A, B, and C, and that this history is established before he began using Tor. Let's say some adversary, like his ISP or a government ...
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Can the relay I connect to expose me?

The way I understand Tor is that the "client" (say me) connects to a relay, and that relay is the only computer they connect to from then on. If that is the case, why can't a hostile relay simply run ...
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Flash Player usage

Just started with Tor yesterday. I understand downloading and using Tor means no longer having Flash Player and the reasons why, BUT...when using online sites like PicMonkey (which I use for my work) ...
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Is it possible to link different uses of Tor by using normal changes to the browser (such as bookmarks)?

Is it possible to link different Tor identies (uses of Tor at different times) by using the Bookmarks, settings of various components of the browser, or cosmetic alterations to the toolbars? It has ...
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How vulnerable would Tor users be if a single entity controlled a large number of nodes?

There 4626 relays online. What is stopping a single entity from adding, say, 9000 relays to the network around the world so they can occasionally watch bits of the network? If the cost of this is ...
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JUMPSHOT/AVAST and TOR

I guess that by now some of you have seen Vice's article on AVAST and how they are basically mining everything going on in your browsers. If not you can read and be afraid here: https://www.vice.com/...
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Increasing number of middle relays weakens the anonymity?

Tor nodes build encrypted TLS sessions between neighbors to multiplex circuits of users. Multiplexing helps to anonymize users (?). With an increasing number of middle relays multiplexing becomes ...
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Does deanonymization only affect the current session?

Say I'm using Tor, and I make an error by, for example, logging into an account on a website. Will this deanonymization only affect my current session, since I can just restart my browser and get a ...
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How dangerous is to allow Google javascript?

I know it's dangerous to allow javascript on some website. But very often if you want to register on a website you need to type captcha. If you want to see captcha you need to allow javascript from ...
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Why people advice to use Riseup.net and SecurityKISS VPN? [closed]

As I see here people always advice to use Riseup.net VPN or SecurityKISS. I just want to ask why people here advice soo much to use that 2 vpns and what are their pros compared to other VPN's. As I ...
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Clarification of Risks to Anonymity [closed]

My goal is to get a clear sense of what is required to maintain anonymity. In a sense I'm mapping the flow of traffic in my head and trying to understand how certain traffic might interact in ways ...
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Using bridges don't hide using TOR, is it okay? [closed]

Good day, Using bridges don't hide using TOR, is it okay? If the question is stupid, sorry) To check it - whoer helped. If it's normal situation, please, advise smth. that can hide it absolutely, ...
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What blog services work well on Tor

I´ve tried to create blog accounts using Tor. They always fail at some point. For example: Wordpress: the confirmation mail doesn't include the link necessary to confirm. Ghost: I registered ...
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IP in DDG is not known VPN/TOR [closed]

Today I upgraded to Tor 6.0, I use Tor with a vpn with psuedo random exit countries habitually. While having 5.5 I noticed when I entered IP into DuckDuckGo while using vpn/tor it was Your IP address ...
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Can Tails Leak My IP? [closed]

I know that by default all traffic is routed trough TOR, but can my IP leak when using Tails? What i mean is, for example, my machine gets hacked while using Tails and somebody who hacked me wants to ...
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Can Firefox & Tor (on the same machine) be *seen* as the same machine? [duplicate]

Assuming a standard Win7 machine with Firefox and Tor, all auto-updated. Firefox has VLC, Silverlight, Acrobat, and OpenH264 plugins, but also locked down a tiny-bit with NoScript, HTTPS everywhere, ...
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Can high network usage be detected and prevented in Tor?

I was wondering if there is any way for Tor to detect high network usage in the context of transferring large files using a hidden service. If so, what are the default prevention steps?
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Using your Tor relay as a client for Torbrowser and other regular Tor traffic: Is this helpful or hurtful to your anonymity? [duplicate]

I run a relay off of my desktop computer, and currently have Torbrowser and Tox configured to use it as a client as well. I seem to remember hearing long ago that a client that also acts as a relay ...
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Reason behind “clearnet warning” when posting URL links on onion websites

When browsing onion websites e.g. discussion forums, quite regularly I will encounter links to clearnet http/https addresses along with an explicit Clearnet Warning along with the URL. What is ...
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Does Adding or Removing Search Engines in TB's Search Bar Affect Annonymity?

Suppose I add or remove a search engine from Tor Browser's search bar; will my anonymity be compromised? I've tried to research this by running Panopticlick before and after installing a search ...
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Tor time-size attack

What makes it impossible for spying agencies to track whom the user is communicating to by guessing to which packet coming in corresponds a packet going out, based on the very small difference in time ...
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Do vulnerabilities exist in Tor Browser Bundle

This site: http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/do-donts-tor-network/ claims that Tor Browser Bundle should not be used to protect one’s online privacy and security. FBI’s recent takedown of Freedom ...
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Do other apps use tor when the browser bundle is running?

For example if I run curl from the command line does this go through tor? what about spottify, or other browsers? If so, is this a risk, can I access the internet from other apps while i'm using the ...
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Is tor browser and anon surf both the same?

I am very new to using proxy chains, and since I was worried about messing up while setting up a proper proxy chain I have been using tor browser. Is using tor browser same as using proxy chain using ...
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Protect against pseudonymous identity activity on a forum and traffic correlation?

I use Tor when I need to use a pseudonymous account on a forum. A observer can see when I connect to Tor and correlate with activity of the account from the forum How I can protect against this ?
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Why do bridges hide that I am using Tor?

I read that using bridges lets you access websites that (soft)block Tor (e.g. Google) and it really does, but the bridge is the first node in your circuit so why don't website block based on the exit ...
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Download large files over tor?

If I download a large (3GB) file using torsocks like so: torsocks wget http://website.com/largefile.txt Will tor change the Exit IP every x minutes for the duration of the download or will it ...
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Tracking users via google APIs?

if i open website1.com in one tab and it uses some google analytics or google fonts api, then open website2.org in another tab which also uses google products... do the google domains see different ...
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Was I attacked or my identity found out?

I am new to TOR and not very tech savvy. While using TOR to set up an email account, I found that I had to constantly to solve puzzles for verification. Sometimes websites would not allow me access, ...
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What do you make of the news that researchers had found at least 110 Tor nodes that were spying in on network traffic or were honeypots?

URLS for news www.zdnet.com/article/over-100-spying-malicious-tor-nodes-discovered/ www.scmagazineuk.com/security-researchers-discover-over-100-suspicious-tor-nodes-snooping-on-traffic/article/...
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Can a website read out my MAC address using JavaScript even though I use Tor?

If I use a Tor to visit a site with enabled JavaScript, can this website find out my MAC address, monitor serial number, the serial number of the processor etc?
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Can JavaScript get my real IP?

Can JavaScript get my real IP even if I'm using Tor Browser? I thought Tor Browser deactivated JS by default, but I think it's not the case. Thanks.
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Tor Networking Anonimity

Tor Project:FAQ claims the Tor network "will only know the destination". I don't understand this. At layer 3, the IP Src, and IP Dst are always shown in the IP Header. So why couldn't one of the Tor ...
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Increase max allowable delay

1 attack is timing correlation attack. How can I increase the max allowable delay for requests between my computer, guard nodes, exit nodes, website?
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Can legit antivirus spying on user when ''accessibility-services'' in Tor are turned off and onion routing using?

I use one of the most popular antivirus program for Windows for months and some days ago I just noticed that it at least uses firewall and ''internet security and protection'' settings turned on and ...
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Can global adversaries 'de-anonymize' any TOR user in a day?

https://security.stackexchange.com/questions/48502/tor-traffic-correlation-attacks-by-global-adversaries I know what traffic correlation attack is but I find it hard to understand this article or how ...
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Is it safe to allow html5 canvas in Tor in an anonymous OS?

I know that html5 canvas can be used to fingerprint my browser. But sometimes I have to allow canvas, for example, when uploading a image to twitter. If so, is an anonymous OS like Whonix helpful for ...
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How can deanonymize me? vpn tor vpn

I want to use connection vpn1 - tor - vpn2, where vpn1 and vpn2 I will buy with openvpn connection more likely, entry node of tor will be on my raspberry pi (in my home) with disabled logs, I'm going ...