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[liberationtech] Twitter email to Algerian activists

Jacob Appelbaum jacob at appelbaum.net
Sat Feb 12 16:36:19 PST 2011


On 02/12/2011 04:19 PM, Yosem Companys wrote:
> Someone sent this to Algerian activists over Twitter.  Is it legit?
>  Shouldn't they just use TOR proxy?
> 
>

There are already some people in Algeria using Tor:
http://metrics.torproject.org/users.html?graph=direct-users&start=&end=&country=dz&dpi=72#direct-users

They should absolutely be using Tor. Censorship (perhaps only DNS
poisoning) is a telltale sign of infrastructure you can't trust. If
they're blocking, they're probably also logging. Using the IP of twitter
is not going to help with much. It will also probably complicate a few
of the useful security properties offered by Twitter. As an example
SSL/TLS certs will have errors for mismatched names, etc.

Suggest to people in Algeria that they should use Tor:
https://www.torproject.org/download/download.html
https://www.torproject.org/download/download.html.en#warning

Probably if they're on Windows, it's reasonable to suggest Tor Browser
Bundle:
https://www.torproject.org/dist/torbrowser/tor-im-browser-1.3.17_en-US.exe
https://www.torproject.org/dist/torbrowser/tor-im-browser-1.3.17_en-US.exe.asc

All the best,
Jacob



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