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New browser halts "hostile governments" 新瀏覽器可防範「敵意政府」

Young men work at computers in an Internet cafe in Beijing.
北京一家網咖內,幾名年輕人正在玩電腦。 (照片:美聯社)

PHOTO: AP

A group calling itself Hacktivismo has launched a Web browser that promises to protect the privacy of Internet surfers from “hostile governments” or “data thieves.”

The Web browser is called Torpark; it's a version of the popular Mozilla Firefox browser, but with a few small changes. The new browser lets computer users to travel the Internet in a way that “leaves no tracks behind,” Hacktivismo said.

Hacktivismo's Web site describes it as an international group of hackers, human rights workers, lawyers and artists. The organization says it has its roots in the renowned Texas-based hacker organization called “Cult of the Dead Cow.”

Torpark changes the unique numbers used by Web sites to identify individual computers online every few minutes. This helps to thwart “hostile governments, data thieves” or other trackers, according to Hacktivismo.

For example, someone could go online using a home computer in Ghana and it might appear to Web sites that they were at a university computer in Germany, according to Hacktivismo.

“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,” founder Oxblood Ruffin said.

Torpark also hides computer users' identities from companies providing the Internet services, according to its creator.(AFP)

一個自稱是Hacktivismo的團體推出一種網路瀏覽器,號稱能保護上網者隱私,不受「敵意政府」和「資料竊賊」侵犯。

Hacktivismo表示,這個稱為Torpark的新網路瀏覽器是廣受歡迎的「火狐」瀏覽器的改良版,它可以讓電腦用戶「不留痕跡」地暢遊網路。

Hacktivismo在自家網頁上宣稱,他們是由一群來自各國的電腦駭客、人權工作者、律師及藝術工作者組成,前身就是美國德州知名的駭客組織「死牛教派」。

據Hacktivismo表示,Torpark每隔幾分鐘就會改變上網電腦的IP位址,這有助於攔阻「敵意政府」、「資料竊賊」與其他駭客的入侵。

Today's Words 今天單字

1. launch v.i. /v.t.

推出 (tui1 chu1) ,發起 (fa1 qi3)

例:The celebrity launched a new line of clothing last April.

(去年四月這位名人推出了新的服裝品牌。)

2. hostile adj.

不友善的 (bu4 you3 shan4 de5) ,懷敵意的 (huai2 di2 yi4 de5)

例: Those two countries don't have great relations, but they aren't hostile to each other.

(那兩國的關係雖不太好,但雙方對彼此都不懷敵意。)

3. renowned adj.

有名的 (you3 ming2 de5)

例: That woman is a renowned scientist; do you really want to question her?

(那位女士是知名的科學家;你當真要問她嗎?)

4. thwart v.t.

阻擾 (zu2 rao3)

例:This rain could thwart our plans for a picnic.

(這場雨可能會阻礙我們野餐的計畫。)


Hacktivismo表示,舉例來說,某人可以在非洲迦納利用家用電腦上網,但Torpark會讓網站認為使用者是從德國某大學的電腦連線的。

Hacktivismo的創辦人奧克斯布拉德.拉芬說:「Torpark會承續Hacktivismo擴張網路隱私權的承諾。而且最棒的是,它是免費的。沒有人該付錢來保護基本人權,尤其是隱私權」。

拉芬表示,Torpark還會向提供網路服務的公司隱瞞電腦用戶的身份。(法新社/翻譯:林倩如)

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