Guardian launches Tor onion service (also: BBC & NYTimes)

"The Guardian website is now available to Tor users as an “onion service”, at the address:


The Tor network helps conceal its users’ locations, which makes tracking their internet activity much more difficult. Tor also makes it harder for internet service providers to identify what their users are accessing. This means users can bypass censorship in parts of the world where access to independent news might be difficult or if certain websites and services are banned.

Guardian readers have always been able to access using tools such as Tor Browser. These browsers route their communications over the Tor network – thereby concealing the reader’s location. But the browsers’ communications have to exit the Tor network for the final leg of the journey in order to get to the site on the normal world wide web.

The introduction of a Guardian onion service means that the entire communication pathway between a reader and the Guardian takes place within the Tor network, thereby avoiding potential risks with the “hop” between the Tor network and the world wide web service. An example of such a risk could be that the “exit node” - the gateway between the normal web and the Tor network – could contain malicious software or be located somewhere that is subject to censorship."

Article: Guardian launches Tor onion service | Technology | The Guardian

– Two other large news sites of note also have .onion addresses:


Deutsche Welle: https://www.dwnewsgngmhlplxy6o2twtfgjnrnjxbegbwqx6wnotdhkzt562tszfid.onion


Protonmail https://protonmailrmez3lotccipshtkleegetolb73fuirgj7r4o4vfu7ozyd.onion/
ProPublica http://p53lf57qovyuvwsc6xnrppyply3vtqm7l6pcobkmyqsiofyeznfu5uqd.onion

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It’s funny that, when reading the introduction article through their onion service, the article confusingly states:

Guardian readers have always been able to access https://www.guardian2zotagl6tmjucg3lrhxdk4dw3lhbqnkvvkywawy3oqfoprid.onion using tools such as Tor Browser.

Of course it happens because the onion site automatically swaps ‘’ links with the url of the onion site, but it took me some seconds to understand what was happening. :stuck_out_tongue: