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Staying out of sight with Anonym.OS

Jan 18, 20062 mins

An interesting open source “live” CD called Anonym.OS v1.0 has been released by kaos.theory security research. It is interesting because …

… it is intended to provide secure anonymous Internet access for naïve end users. As outlined in the developer’s presentation the techniques used to create Anonym.OS were: 1. Host Hardening 2. Strong Ingress Filtering 3. Strong Egress Filtering 4. Content-Filtering Proxies 5. Anonymizing Proxies 6. Encrypted Protocols Anonym.OS is based on OpenBSD 3.8 and masquerades as a Windows XP SP1 as far as any system it contacts is concerned. It uses a variety of other techniques of which the most interesting is that it is secure from active intrusion because it is locked down and hardened. Each component of Anonym.OS is configured and optimized for maximum anonymity and as a consequence any program that could use automatic update won’t. An otherwise moderately enthusiastic article on Ars Technica criticizes the system for sluggish performance and more roundly, for adopting a “one size fits all” approach and offering no alternate configurations or configurability. Also see Wired’s article on AnonymOS. In theory you can download Anonym.OS from Sourceforge but it seems like the mirrors are yet to get synchronized or they are overloaded. Your best bet is to use BitTorrent and find the Anonym.OS torrent on LinuxTracker.


Mark Gibbs is an author, journalist, and man of mystery. His writing for Network World is widely considered to be vastly underpaid. For more than 30 years, Gibbs has consulted, lectured, and authored numerous articles and books about networking, information technology, and the social and political issues surrounding them. His complete bio can be found at

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