Short Bytes: The Tor project and the Debian project have teamed to provide Debian services and repositories over the Tor network. Debian has announced the existence of few such services in a blog post.
“While onion services can be used to conceal the network location of the machine providing the service, this is not the goal here. Instead, we employ onion services because they provide end-to-end integrity and confidentiality, and they authenticate the onion service end point,” — writes Peter Palfrader in a blog post.
Tor’s onion routing method has been praised since its existence. It offers a great level of security over highly encrypted connections and also conceals the identity of the users on the network.
“As a community, we acknowledge that users should not feel that their every action is trackable or observable by others,” the post added.
Debian project plans to cover more services with a .onion address in the future. Currently, Debian Security and Debian FTP archives are available via .onion address. After installing the apt-transport-tor package, The tor-enabled mirrors will replace the existing ones in the apt configuration file.
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You can also access the Debian repository on Tor via:
deb tor+https://sdscoq7snqtznauu.onion/torproject.org jessie main
You can view all the list of Debian services which the Tor network by visiting onion.debian.org. Various Tor backends will be used to facilitate load-balancing for the services.
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