As an anonymity network built using open-source software, Tor has played and continues to play an essential role in the Bitcoin ecosystem. Silk Road, the darknet market that arguably brought Bitcoin to the mainstream, was essentially built on Tor and Bitcoin. Privacy-enhancing services built on Bitcoin like Wasabi Wallet and Samourai Wallet all leverage Tor to reduce information leakage.
This week we will take a brief look into the history of Tor. What started out as a government-funded project has grown to become the backbone of the digital privacy economy.
Tor’s origins can be traced back to 1995. Three military scientists were tasked with creating a cloaking system to protect the online identities of government agents, by the United States Naval Research Laboratory.
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