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By Duncan Graham-Rowe The electronic equivalent of the false nose and beard has been developed for Web users wishing to conceal their identities while surfing the internet. The fake ID system, called Triangle Boy, was developed by SafeWeb, in Oakland, California, as a way of helping people living under oppressive regimes to get uncensored access to the web. For most net users there are a multitude of anonymiser websites that will cover your tracks as you surf and make it difficult for anyone trying to find out who you are and what you have viewed. But people in countries like China and Saudi Arabia are less fortunate, says Stephen Hsu, president of SafeWeb. Here the authorities are quick to spot anonymiser sites as the are published and, seeing them as a threat to censorship, simply block access to them. Triangle Boy gets around this by disguising SafeWeb’s anonymiser so it appears to be an innocuous website with a plausible, but made-up, name. To operate, it requires benevolent volunteers prepared to help their fellow internet users for no reward. The volunteers run the Triangle Boy software on their computers, says Hsu: “This turns your PC into a router,” which bounces incoming data packets from a user straight to the SafeWeb site. SafeWeb then sends all the anonymous packets requested directly back to the user, hence the “triangle”. Sending the data directly to the user avoids clogging up the volunteer’s computer. The Safeweb site also spoofs information in the packets so they appear to be coming from the volunteer host, not the anonymiser site. Since all transmissions are strongly encrypted, as far as any snoopers can tell information is simply flowing from the user to the volunteer host. If there were only a small number of volunteers then it might in theory be possible for a censor to spot them and block access to them too. But, says Hsu, because many of those running Triangle Boy will have dynamically generated IP addresses, each time they connect to the web they are likely to have a completely different IP address. If there are many volunteers then spotting them will be like trying to spot a needle in a haystack. SafeWeb already has more than a million users and Hsu expects a large number of people to volunteer when the product is launched at the end of the February. But the system has also attracted the attention of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Langley, Virginia. They want to use a customised version to help their overseas operatives communicate home and browse without blowing their cover. Hsu admits that it is somewhat ironic that technology designed to help democratise the internet is also allowing the spooks to spy. Moreover the volunteers that altruistically offer run Triangle Boy to help their fellow netizens will also be unwittingly helping agents conceal their identities. But because the transmissions are encrypted these benevolent people will never know what or who is making use of their services. “All they’ll know is ‘I’m helping some guy’,” says Hsu. More at: