The Tor Project has flagged a server in Russia after a security researcher found it slipped in malware when users were downloading files.
Tor is short for The Onion Router, which is software that offers users a greater degree of privacy when browsing the Internet by routing traffic through a network of worldwide servers. The system is widely used by people who want to conceal their real IP address and mask their web browsing.
The suspicious server was an “exit node” for Tor, which is the last server in the winding chain used to direct web browsing traffic to its destination.
Roger Dingledine, Tor Project’s project leader and director, wrote the Russian server has been labeled a bad exit node, which should mean Tor clients will avoid using the server.
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