The Tor Project is the company that owns the Tor anonymity network. Today they released the financial documents for 2017 and 2018.
According to their revenue report, the profit of 2015 and 2016 was around $3.2 million. But now form 2017 to 2018 the profit increased with almost 1 million.
Tor 1st took off as a US government project. In 2015, 85% of the Tor Project’s funding came from US government sources. However, in 2016 that percentage dropped to 76% and last year it went further down to 51%.
The financial report for 2017-2018 is revealing that $600,000 came from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, which is the only non-US government organization that contributed to the project. The other non-government sources of revenue are Mozilla with $522,000, DuckDuckGo that paid $25,000, New Venture Fund contributed with $347,000, and individual donations made up to $425,000 in BTC.
Remember everything can be hacked. In order to stay away from any threats related to the cyber world, we recommend the install of antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac on every device that you own, depending on which OS your device is running. If you are a company, it is also recommended to hire every year a specialized cybersecurity company that will run annual tests on your company’s network. These tests include penetration testing and ethical hacking tests;
Experts are saying that Tor’s budget is still modest considering the number of people involved and the impact we have. And it is practically crushed by the other adversaries budgets that are focused to make the world a more dangerous and less free place.
Tor network may be the only free cyberspace that is still available for real; for example, back in 2015, the US government paid Carnegie Mellon University more than $1 million to find a way to de-anonymize Tor users suspected of conducting criminal activities.
In the same report, The Tor Project is saying that they have 21 employees and 3,000 volunteers. The number of volunteers was roughly the same as in the previous year, but the number of employees increased from 16.
We would continue to monitor the cybersecurity world. Meanwhile, users should keep a keen eye out for any cyber attacks. Remember to use an antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac in every device that you own, depending on which OS your machine is running, If you are a company we recommend to hire every year a specialized cybersecurity company that will run annual tests on your company’s network, tests like this include: penetration testing and ethical hacking.