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MBA Leadership Series – DARKWEB

February 22, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am


Darkweb is the term used to describe the encrypted network of websites and services that can only be accessed using a TOR browser, which shields a user’s internet activities from traffic analysis. Using the TOR browser, users can connect to news sites, instant messaging services and blogs without fear of being observed, even when these are blocked by the internet service provider. In addition, TOR’s hidden services allow users to publish web sites without revealing their hosted location.

First developed by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory to provide privacy and anonymity to U.S. personnel abroad, the source code for TOR was made available to the public in 2004. Since then it has gained considerable notoriety as a tool for criminal activities, terrorist networks, hackers, whistle-blowers and the like. Despite the ongoing challenges this poses for law enforcement, the TOR project continues to be supported by the U.S. State Department, DARPA, the National Science Foundation and others. In this presentation, Don Heath will discuss the features of the TOR network and describe how it leverages primary key encryption to conceal the activities and locations of users. He will install the TOR bundle and demonstrate how it can be used to access content unavailable using a normal browser.

Presenter: Donald Heath, assistant professor, Information Systems

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UWO Appleton Executive Education Center
2323 E. Capitol Drive
Appleton, WI 54911 United States
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Tera Larson
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