Controversial Tor router Anonabox restart crowdfunding




The Anonabox has reappeared on the IndieGoGo platform. The box is a network device that routes traffic through Tor. Earlier it was removed after the makers quickly fetched more money than the target. After a storm of criticism from Kickstarter

In early October the Anonabox on Kickstarter was placed. The maker promised that the device simply able to operate on the internet. Anonymous states by supporting the Tor network users Although the project was able to achieve nearly $ 600,000, about 483,000 euros, and thus far exceeded its target, there was soon hard criticism of the project.

The Anonabox hardware According to the critics are not original but are bought off the shelf in China that the claim that the design is completely open source could not go on. Would images are also greatly manipulated with Photoshop and critics argued that loopholes can sit in the Anonabox. Decided in response to the criticism remove the Kickstarter Anonabox, because it would have violated the house rules. Investors got their money back.

The makers of the Anonabox however now surfaced on IndieGoGo, a crowdfunding platform that competes with Kickstarter and generally uses less stringent rules. The makers say they have learned from the Kickstarter-rel and now promise with a self-designed circuit board, a new chassis, improved OpenWRT version and Tor software to update itself to come.

The relaunch of the Anonabox seems to work: the creators have picked up in a few days more than $ 16,000, approximately 12,900 euros. A copy of the Anonabox is $ 51, about 41 euros, costs. The creators also promise that a portion of the proceeds will go to the creators of the Tor software and to civil rights movement EFF go. Nevertheless put a security expert is still questioned by claims from August Germar, one of the people behind Anonabox. So he would again wrongly say that he is involved in several projects Tor.


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