Linked by maccouch on Mon 31st Dec 2012 13:27 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes "Whonix is an anonymous general purpose operating system based on Virtual Box, Debian GNU/Linux and Tor. By Whonix design, IP and DNS leaks are impossible. Not even malware with root rights can find out the user's real IP/location. This is because Whonix consists of two (virtual) machines. One machine solely runs Tor and acts as a gateway, which we call Whonix-Gateway. The other machine, which we call Whonix-Workstation, is on a completely isolated network. Only connections through Tor are possible."
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A bit awkward feelings
by Zbigniew on Mon 31st Dec 2012 17:50 UTC
Zbigniew
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2008-08-28

On one hand: they assure, that "not even malware with root rights can find out the user's real IP/location". But on the other hand: if someone wants to hide his identity so much, should be aware, that it'll still remain known to... "anonymizing network" admins.

It can be used as kind of "honeypot".

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RE: A bit awkward feelings
by WorknMan on Mon 31st Dec 2012 18:07 in reply to "A bit awkward feelings"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Yeah, I think that's how they busted one of the dudes in Lulzsec, when his VPN provider ratted him out.

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RE[2]: A bit awkward feelings
by f0dder on Thu 3rd Jan 2013 18:39 in reply to "RE: A bit awkward feelings"
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2009-08-05

They should have read and followed this: http://www.slideshare.net/grugq/opsec-for-hackers :-)

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RE: A bit awkward feelings
by umccullough on Mon 31st Dec 2012 18:17 in reply to "A bit awkward feelings"
umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

that it'll still remain known to... "anonymizing network" admins.


But in this case, that's Tor...

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RE[2]: A bit awkward feelings
by Zbigniew on Mon 31st Dec 2012 18:26 in reply to "RE: A bit awkward feelings"
Zbigniew Member since:
2008-08-28

Yes, my comment was of general nature rather. Not too specifically about Whonix itself.

What I meant, was: such "anonymyzing networks" can be established especially for tracking down the individuals, wanting to hide their identity. Instead of tracking entire Internet - it's easier to create TOR-like network, bid welcome to all those wanting to remain anonymous - and just read the logs. Police, or some other secret services can establish such "TOR"-s exactly as honeypots.

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RE: A bit awkward feelings
by Alfman on Tue 1st Jan 2013 00:53 in reply to "A bit awkward feelings"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

The wikipedia page covers some weaknesses of tor.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor_%28anonymity_network%29#We...

One is getting the client to hand out some identifying information, such tor's encryption is irrelevant. But whonix looks like it should be fairly well protected from this particular problem.

Another issue is that tor is susceptible to statistical analysis by trojan peers in the tor network. The tor protocol itself cannot guarantee any anonymity if the peers are ratting out statistical details.

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