INTERNET ANTI-SURVEILLANCE PROJECT The Onion Router (TOR) has asked Amazon to add bandwidth to its service via its cloud.
Amazon's cloud service Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) offers virtual computer capacity, and developers at Tor are calling on people to sign up to the Amazon service and run a bridge.
Tor developers said in a blog post, "The Tor Cloud project gives you a user-friendly way of deploying bridges to help users access an uncensored Internet. By setting up a bridge, you donate bandwidth to the Tor network and help improve the safety and speed at which users can access the internet."
It added, "Setting up a Tor bridge on Amazon EC2 is simple and will only take you a couple of minutes."
To help new customers get started in the cloud, Amazon is introducing a free usage tier, the blog noted. The Tor Cloud images are all micro instances, and new customers will be able to run a free micro instance for a year.
The Tor Project allows people to route their online communications anonymously and is used by activists as well as others seeking anonymity. It has been used in countries with oppressive political regimes.
Experts believe that cloud services will allow Tor users to hide even more effectively.
Some have also criticised the project for giving users a channel to distribute copyrighted content.
Sadly, it doesn't stop there and Tor is also used by people wanting to share images of child abuse.
Operation Darknet, launched by hacktivist group Anonymous, targets such groups through the network. µ