With our personal data at risk on a regular basis -- fromto to -- an increasing number of organizations are taking refuge on the anonymous, encrypted Tor network. That now includes the CIA, which on Tuesday announced a new "onion" version of its website for the network.
Tor, short for "The Onion Router," anonymizes Internet traffic by routing it through an international network of relays that mask a user's location and usage. This makes it difficult for individuals, companies and governments to track your activity online. But accessing the Tor network requires tools that aren't as user-friendly as mainstream web browsers such as Chrome, Firefox and Safari.
The CIA's global mission requires that "individuals can access us securely from anywhere," the intelligence agency said in a press release. "Creating an onion site is just one of many ways we're going where people are."
The onion site (Tor address) features secure links for reporting information and applying for a job, and will mirror all of the content currently available at www.cia.gov.
Firefox leader Brendan Eich, has developed . (Brave has incorporated some components of the Tor Project's network identity-hiding technology into its browser.) Firefox is testing a new version of its browser that will . And that hides web traffic on phones., cofounded by former