Tor Shuts Down Anonymous Cloud Project
Tor is shutting down its Cloud Project, a service that allows users to browse the web anonymously.
According to a new blog post made on its official site, the closure is going to be effective today and comes due to the company’s inability to find enough help to properly maintain its operations. This has led to a poor handling of the system, due to which parts of the service have been made unusable.
“The main reason for discontinuing Tor Cloud is the fact that software requires maintenance, and Tor Cloud is no exception. There is at least one major bug in the Tor Cloud image that makes it completely dysfunctional (meaning that users could not use this particular service to access the Internet), and there are over a dozen other bugs, at least one of them of highest priority.”
The company noted that these bugs are probably one of the major reasons the number of Tor Cloud bridges has steadily declined since early 2014. Note, though, that today’s shut down of the Tor Cloud Project will not effect existing Tor Cloud instances.
According to Tor, whenever an instance is started, a template of the operating system and settings gets copied, and eliminating the template has no effect on copies.
Founded in 2011, Tor routes Internet traffic through a network maintained by volunteers. The Cloud Project lets people construct bridges from Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud to allow for a more secure browsing through the Tor network.