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Traffic secrecy in rendezvous points

In the Tor hidden service design Alice and Bob communicate via a rendezvous point that they agree to at one of the hidden service's introduction point. Can either of these nodes observe traffic ...
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ISP, WiFi, Tracking [duplicate]

I run Tor on my laptop and my phone. I have Verizon Wireless for a service provider. My laptop Internet connection is tethered through my cell phone. So I just run Tor on my laptop. Can Verizon or any ...
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When talking about a hidden service, what does it mean to have an encrypted descriptor? [closed]

What is an "encrypted descriptor?" What are the pros and cons of using one? In what version of Tor did they first become available? Are they automatically used (i.e. default)? If not, how do you ...
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Should we expect to see Tor Hidden Services get load balancing (similar to I2P's and multi-homing feature) in the next several years?

I realize this question would be highly subject to unknown variables, but I have to presume a few devs are at least partially interested in onion features and someone might have an idea where load ...
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Is a hidden service's onion address shared with any third parties while hosted?

If I run a hidden service would my onion address get published or become available to anyone without me telling them the actual address? Or, if not, when would my onion address' existence become ...
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Which kinds of relaying Tor servers are available as “rendezvous points” and “introduction points” for hidden services?

There appears to be several kinds of nodes (Tor instances acting as servers relaying traffic for others): Clients with Relaying disabled (Included in this list only for completion, as their IPs are ...
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Google indexing Onion hidden sites?

So I was searching to see what happened to Dread Pirate Roberts, the creator of underground marketplace Silkroad, and I came across something very strange; onion websites URLs being crawled by Google (...
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Would anoNet-style darknets of Tor hidden services be workable?

Reading user329's question about running a secure email network using SMTP over Tor, I was wondering how standard email transport could be implemented among hidden services. And then I remembered ...
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How to programmatically detect a hidden service

Is there some magical way which I can programmatically detect whether a hidden service exists, is up, or is dead, other than trying to connect to it through the Tor socks protocol? I can connect ...
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Can hidden services accept multiple simultanous connections?

When a webserver runs behind a hidden service, can it serve multiple HTTP requests at the same time, or will it only be able to handle one request at a time?
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What does “[warn] Query '[scrubbed]' didn't have valid rend desc in cache. Failing.” mean?

I am transferring files over Tor and I am seeing the following message in my Tor log file. Can someone explain what it means? [warn] Query '[scrubbed]' didn't have valid rend desc in cache. Failing.
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Why is the private key of hidden service stored in the public accessible directory, but /var/lib/tor?

Is Tor by default redirect request to Hidden Service from http://sha256domain.onion/private_key to 403 Forbidden? Why the private key is stored in the public accessible directory, but /var/lib/tor?
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What is the best way to reset a .onion address?

I have no particular interest in finding a specific, non-random URL (How do Hidden Services get .onion domains that aren't random?), but would like to reset an onion address for a given hidden ...
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Is this possible and if so would it be useful to cracking some hidden services? [closed]

I found this on StackOverflow and I found it interesting... If this is possible wouldn't this be so useful to the feds? It asks can you get the server ip address from a mysql database for a login ...
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Tor hidden service on Raspberry Pi

I want to set up a Tor hidden service on a Raspberry Pi. What is a good way to do that? Maybe start with Occidentalis v0.2 by Adafruit? Is there a special tutorial for the Raspberry PI?
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How are Hidden Service Locations Protected From Exit Nodes?

What is to prevent exit nodes from seeing the location of servers hosting Tor hidden services?
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How do entry guards protect against a service location attack?

The paper Locating Hidden Servers mentions three attacks that can reveal the location of hidden servers. Among those is the service location attack. The paper states that the Tor network's use of ...
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Could I run the hidden service software(e.g webserver) in a different system than the one Tor is running?

Running a hidden service in a secure way can be a really complicated matter. Ideally the system where the hidden service software (e.g. a web server) lives should not have a publicly routable IP ...
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What events led to Freedom Hosting going down? [closed]

Freedom Hosting was one of the largest .onion website hosts until it suddenly started serving malicious code, and eventually went offline (presumably permanently). What was the sequence of events ...
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What are the threat differences to accessing hidden services compared to the regular internet over Tor?

I understand many of the possible attacks against a user visiting a regular website over Tor but I am wondering, what are the potential attacks to identify a connection between a user and a hidden ...
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What are the implications of a Relay hosting a Hidden Service?

Are there any implications if whilst running a non-exit relay, I also use the same machine to host a Hidden Service? Specifically: How will this affect the anonymity of the Hidden Service (in terms ...