Torpark keeps Web surfers' identities private, can run off a USB stick, and
scrubs tracks from host computers and browsers.

New York, NY (PRWEB) - September 19, 2006  Hacktivismo, an international
group of computer security experts and human rights workers, just released
Torpark, an anonymous, fully portable Web browser based on Mozilla Firefox.
Torpark comes pre-configured, requires no installation, can run off a USB 
memory stick, and leaves no tracks behind in the browser or computer.  Torpark
is a highly modified variant of Portable Firefox, that uses the TOR (The Onion
Router) network to anonymize the connection between the user and the website
that is being visited.

"We live in a time where acquisition technologies are cherry picking and
collating every aspect of our online lives," said Hacktivismo founder Oxblood
Ruffin. "Torpark continues Hacktivismo's commitment to expanding privacy
rights on the Internet.  And the best thing is, it's free.  No one should have
to pay for basic human rights, especially the right of privacy."

Torpark is being released under the GNU General Public License and is
dedicated to the Panchen Lama*.


When a user logs onto the Internet, a unique IP address is assigned to manage
the computer's identity.  Each website the user visits can see and log the 
user's IP address.  Hostile governments and data thieves can easily monitor
this interaction to correlate activity and pinpoint a user's identity.

Torpark causes the IP address seen by the website to change every few minutes
to frustrate eavesdropping and mask the requesting source.  For example, a
user could be surfing the Internet from a home computer in Ghana, and it might
appear to websites that the user was coming from a university computer in
Germany or any other country with servers in the TOR network.

It is important to note that the data passing from the user's computer into
the TOR network is encrypted.  Therefore, the user's Internet Service Provider
(ISP) cannot see the information that is passing through the Torpark browser,
such as the websites visited, or posts the user might have made to a forum.
The ISP can only see an encrypted connection to the TOR network.

However, users must understand that there are limitations to the anonymity.
Torpark anonymizes the user's connection but not the data.  Data traveling
between the client and the TOR network is encrypted, but the data between the
TOR network and websites is unencrypted.  Therefore, the user should not use
his/her username or password on websites that do not offer a secure login and
session (noted by a golden padlock at the bottom of the Torpark browser


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Hacktivismo is a group of international hackers, human rights workers, artists
and others who seek to further the goals of human rights through technology.
They operate under the aegis of the CULT OF THE DEAD COW (cDc).  Hacktivismo
is committed to developing technologies in support of the highest standards of
human rights.


CULT OF THE DEAD COW (cDc) is the most influential hacking group in the world.
The cDc alumni list reads like a Who's Who of hacking and includes a former
U.S. presidential advisor on Internet security, among others.  The group is
further distinguished by publishing the longest running e-zine on the Internet
[est. 1984], stretching the limits of the First Amendment, and fighting anyone
or any government that aspires to limit free speech.


The Panchen Lama is often referred to as the world's youngest political
prisoner.  In May 1995, agents of the Chinese government kidnapped the
six-year-old Panchen Lama and his parents.  They have not been seen or heard
from since, despite repeated calls from the United Nations and international
human rights organizations. Chinese officials claim that the Panchen Lama is
being held in "protective custody".  Six months after the abduction, China
installed its handpicked version of the Panchen Lama.  The boy is forced to
act as a mouthpiece for Chinese policy in Tibet, and is referred to as "the
fake" by Tibetans.