THE WILDLY SUCCESSFUL Anonabox Tor router project at Kickstarter has stirred up some controversy at Reddit.
We covered the Anonabox earlier this week, and since then it's far surpassed its initial goal of raising $7,500 on Kickstarter, having attracted over 8,000 backers and pledges of more than $525,000 at the time of writing.
However, the project's rapid success has also attracted sceptical criticism, both at Kickstarter and in several threads on Reddit.
What seems clear so far is that Anonabox creator August Germar is sincerely enthusiastic about the tiny firewall and WiFi hotspot router he put together, but that he might also have naively mischaracterised somewhat the development and nature of what he has created and promoted on Kickstarter.
The hardware box appears to be a variant of a commercially available, Chinese-built WiFi router, while the claims made about the firewall and Tor software apparently have yet to be validated, and that is likely to require technical research.
If nothing else, the Anonabox project has revealed that intense, broadly based interest exists for using approaches like Tor and virtual private networks to defeat government surveillance by the US National Security Agency, GCHQ and similar intelligence agencies throughout the world.
At the moment, the Anonabox project is still online at Kickstarter, and this story is still developing. It will be quite interesting to see where this goes in the next few days and weeks. µ
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