Japanese police recommends blocking digital

The National Police Agency (NPA), the coordinating agency of the Japanese police, wants Internet service providers block access to the TOR (The Onion Router) anonymous

This decentralized transits Internet connections through servers of volunteers spread across the world in order to anonymize.

The willingness of the authorities arose from a failure in the hunt for a user at the end of last year, reports The Mainichi quoted by Wired UK.

A pirate named has sent death threats on forums using four connection addresses (IP addresses) different. Police first arrested the four people whose addresses were used and obtained false "confessions" ... before seeing that messages were always sent. Earlier this year, police arrested the alleged threats. Inspecting its computers, investigators discovered that he used regularly to anonymize its digital connection.


The NPA has formed a panel to look into the ways to fight against crimes "abusing" the digital system. In its report submitted Thursday, April 18, the panel explained that the anonymization tool was used in recent years for sending death threats on forums, theft of money by hacking into websites of banks, sending messages on "dating sites" between men and children or publication of information security of the Tokyo police.

To fight against these abuses, the panel recommends blocking the connection to the user when accessing a site by an officially listed as one of a discrete server IP address. "There are about 3400 nodes and digital listed" identifiable and potentially lockable says, a volunteer who maintains a node. But there are about a thousand other nodes not listed, the "bridges", whose addresses are not known publicly, says the volunteer.

The TOR, it is here exploited for illegal activities, is also an essential tool for some political struggles, so that Reporters Without Borders recommends in its digital survival kit. "TOR is used by those who want to keep a minimum of anonymity and privacy and those who want to keep their anonymous servers with domain names. Onion [only accessible through this], which allows you to publish unmolested, "said, which evokes particular WikiLeaks dissidents or bloggers in some countries.