In November 2014, Mozilla announced that they will support the Tor project. For those of you who don't know, Tor is a project for resisting online censorship. By connecting to the Tor network and relaying all traffic through their servers, you can access the internet anonymously. Let's read what Mozilla has done to support the Tor project.
Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security. You can get the software and learn more here:
Mozilla has started supporting Tor and launched 12 high-speed Tor relays or nodes. All connection points inside these relays are powered by three HP ProLiant SL170z G6 servers with the following configuration:
- 48 GB RAM
- 2 x Xeon L5640 CPUs
- 21 Gbps NIC
Also, they are using Juniper EX4200 network switches.
Mozilla has provided additional 10 Gb/s channels for this infrastructure and installed it separately from their own network infrastructure. This will secure Mozilla services from potential issues in Tor.
In the near future, Mozilla is going to improve Firefox to make it more "friendly" for the Tor network. Mozilla developers will use parts of the Tor infrastructure in future versions of the Firefox browser to make it more private and protect the end user from being tracked.
The Tor project is very interesting not only for Mozilla, but also for many other companies which are developing web apps and services.
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