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[liberationtech] An Arabic Linux distro that corrects "multiple Tor bugs"

Frank Corrigan email at
Thu Apr 19 01:40:27 PDT 2012

Does it offer much the same as TAILS?

It seems to imply a relationship to the Institute for War and Peace

With the domain appearing to be registered by Susanne


----- Original message -----
From: KheOps <kheops at>
To: Liberation Technologies <liberationtech at>
Subject: [liberationtech] An Arabic Linux distro that corrects "multiple
Tor    bugs"
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2012 09:36:36 +0200

Hello everyone,

A Syrian activist came a few hours ago on Telecomix's OpSyria and
pointed us to what seems to be a new Linux live distro based on Ubuntu,
apparently designed to provide tools to increase anonymity and privacy:

Among others, its creators state that their distro, Virtus, "uses a
modified version of TOR software. The modified version fixes multiple
bugs found in the original software by Virtus developers when it was
used in Syria."

I don't think anybody has reviewed it yet, but it seems the distro is
already spreading a bit, which is why I felt useful to post a warning
here, espescially towards Jacob who might be interested in having a look
at what can be these "bug fixes".

Virtus has been designed by what looks like to be a new group called
"Cyber Arabs" ( They have a Twitter account
(@Cyber_Arabs), with which they already promoted the use of OTR, SSH
proxies in YouTube videos and linked to several EFF articles regarding
RAT malware used in Syria. I tend to think that their intentions are
rather good, although their knowledge may appear - for now - a bit

I'd be glad to get any advice/feedback on this :)


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