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posted by Dopefish on Sunday March 02 2014, @04:00PM   Printer-friendly
from the hide-away dept.

AnonTechie writes "The Tor Foundation is moving forward with a plan to provide its own instant messaging service called the Tor Instant Messaging Bundle". The tool will allow people to communicate in real time while preserving anonymity by using chat servers concealed within Tor's hidden network. In planning since last July as news of the National Security Agency's broad surveillance of instant messaging traffic emerged the Tor Instant Messaging Bundle (TIMB) should be available in experimental builds by the end of March, based on a roadmap published in conjunction with the Tor Project's Winter Dev meeting in Iceland.

TIMB will connect to instant messaging servers configured as Tor "hidden services" as well as to commercial IM services on the open Internet."

 
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  • (Score: 2) by maxwell demon on Sunday March 02 2014, @10:35PM

    by maxwell demon (1608) Subscriber Badge on Sunday March 02 2014, @10:35PM (#9788) Journal

    email? you need gmail, hotmail, ymail?

    Most people don't have their computer running 24/7. But if you're sending mail, then the receiving computer must be running in the next few days, or the mail delivery fails. Therefore there are mail servers: Computers which are running 24/7, and where the sender can sent the mail whenever he wants, and the receiver can download it whenever he wants.

    file storage? you need dropbox?

    Dropbox is not about file storage, but about file distribution. It basically serves the same purpose as a mail server: As a sort of buffer between the sending and the receiving computer. Of course you could also use mail for the same purpose; dropbox just makes it easier.

    Anyway, if you are using Tor, it also goes through a third party. Several of them, indeed.

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by maxwell demon on Sunday March 02 2014, @10:41PM

    by maxwell demon (1608) Subscriber Badge on Sunday March 02 2014, @10:41PM (#9794) Journal

    A slight correction: The "in the next few days" only applies if you use the relay functionality of SMTP, which also needs third-party servers. If you want to really pass the mail directly to the recipient, the recipient's computer must be running at the exact time when the mail is sent.

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    • (Score: 1) by monster on Monday March 03 2014, @09:02AM

      by monster (1260) on Monday March 03 2014, @09:02AM (#9955) Journal

      A slight correction over the correction: Non-instant delivery of SMTP doesn't require third party servers, it just requires both computers to be online at the same time when a retry occurs, not when the mail is sent.