It has been a rough couple of months for the folks at the Tor Project.
Tor _ it stands for "The Onion Router" _ camouflages its users' web communications with encryption and by bouncing signals around server nodes in different parts of the world so that it's all-but impossible for either governments or advertisers to track them to their origins. Its fans hail Tor as a vital tool for those who live under repressive governments.
But Tor has suffered a series of public embarrassments _ embarrassments that teach important lessons about the increasingly desperate search for online privacy.
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