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ProxyHam: A 2.5-Mile Leap for Web Anonymity

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At DEF CON 23 this summer, an information security consultant plans to unveil ProxyHam, a hardware device that bears much promise for the future of web anonymity.Benjamin Caudill, who is founder and Principal Consultant for Rhino Security Labs, developed the product in response to the growing threats against web privacy, particularly those arising from national security surveillance-based programs.“From the US to China and beyond, anonymity on the internet is under fire – particularly for whistleblowers,” the description of Caudill’s DEF CON presentation reads. “National interests are pushing for greater control and monitoring of internet content, often invoking harsh punishments for informers and journalists, if caught. While a range of technologies (such as ToR) can provide some level of anonymity, a fundamental flaw still exists: a direct relationship between IP address and physical location. If your true IP is ever uncovered, it’s game over – a significant threat...(continued)

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