BBC puts its news on the dark web with the Tor browser

The broadcasting corporation has made its site available on the Tor browser to evade censorship

Tor on smartphone

The BBC has made its global new website available on the Tor network to evade censorship, the broadcasting corporation has announced.

Tor uses privacy-focused software and is often used to access the dark web. One of the reasons for its use is that countries such as China, Iran and Vietnam have tried to block access to certain sites and services, including the BBC's website and programmes in the past. As such the organisation is looking to get around that through the use of the encrypted browser.

Due to its multiple levels of encryption Tor browser users can avoid government surveillance and censorship, which is a controversial subject in certain parts of Asia.

"The BBC World Service's news content is now available on the Tor network to audiences who live in countries where BBC News is being blocked or restricted," the BBC said in a statement. "This is in line with the BBC World Service mission to provide trusted news around the world."

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

As such, the corporation is advising international users to visit the new bbcnewsv2vjypsuy.onion web address. Here the international edition of its news will be available outside of the UK and will include foreign language services such as BBC Russia and BBC Arabic.

Tor, explained

Tor is an acronym for "The Onion Router", which was its original name before becoming The Tor Project. It's free and open-source software that enables anonymous communications by relaying your traffic and encrypting it three times as it passes over the network, essentially creating onion-like and thereby earning its moniker.

According to Tor, its mission is: "To advance human rights and freedoms by creating and deploying free and open-source anonymity and privacy technologies, supporting their unrestricted availability and use, and furthering their scientific and popular understanding."

However, it's a well-known route to the dark web and has been a facilitator of criminal activities around the world. Drug dealers use it to sell banned substances and it also allows access to child abuse images, which do not show up in normal search engines.

But it is also a trusted tool for military, law enforcement and even journalists, looking to avoid detection and retain privacy online.

Featured Resources

The IT Pro guide to Windows 10 migration

Everything you need to know for a successful transition

Download now

Managing security risk and compliance in a challenging landscape

How key technology partners grow with your organisation

Download now

Software-defined storage for dummies

Control storage costs, eliminate storage bottlenecks and solve storage management challenges

Download now

6 best practices for escaping ransomware

A complete guide to tackling ransomware attacks

Download now
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/operating-systems/microsoft-windows/354297/this-exploit-could-give-users-free-windows-7-updates
Microsoft Windows

This exploit could give users free Windows 7 updates beyond 2020

9 Dec 2019
Visit/business/business-strategy/354304/ex-apple-cpu-architect-accuses-the-firm-of-invading-privacy
Business strategy

Ex-Apple CPU architect accuses the firm of invading privacy

10 Dec 2019
Visit/security/vulnerability/354309/patch-issued-for-critical-windows-bug
vulnerability

Patch issued for critical Windows bug

11 Dec 2019
Visit/cloud/microsoft-azure/354230/microsoft-not-amazon-is-going-to-win-the-cloud-wars
Microsoft Azure

Microsoft, not Amazon, is going to win the cloud wars

30 Nov 2019