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CISA Alert: Defending against Malicious Cyber Activity Originating from Tor

CISA Alert: Defending against Malicious Cyber Activity Originating from Tor

Created: Thursday, July 2, 2020 - 13:30
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Cyber Security

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has published a new alert highlighting risks associated with Tor, along with technical details and recommendations for mitigation. Tor (aka The Onion Router) is software that allows users to browse the web anonymously by encrypting and routing requests through multiple relay layers or nodes. While Tor can be used to promote democracy and free, anonymous use of the internet, it also provides an avenue for malicious actors to conceal their activity because identity and point of origin cannot be determined for a Tor software user. Using the Onion Routing Protocol, Tor software obfuscates a user’s identity from anyone seeking to monitor online activity (e.g., nation states, surveillance organizations, information security tools). This is possible because the online activity of someone using Tor software appears to originate from the Internet Protocol (IP) address of a Tor exit node, as opposed to the IP address of the user’s computer. CISA and the FBI , which contributed to the alert, recommend that organizations assess their individual risk of compromise via Tor and take appropriate mitigations to block or closely monitor inbound and outbound traffic from known Tor nodes. Read the alert at CISA.