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Tor users increasingly treated like second-class Web citizens

Websites often cut off access to Tor users because of abuse concerns


The Internet is becoming harder to browse for users of Tor, the anonymity network that provides greater privacy, according to a new study.

The blame can be placed largely on those who use Tor, short for The Onion Router, for spamming or cyberattacks. But the fallout means that those who want to benefit from the system's privacy protections are sometimes locked out.

Researchers scanned the entire IPv4 address space and found that 1.3 million websites will not allow a connection coming from a known Tor exit node. 

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