Anonabox reportedly raised over $600,000, far more than its target of $7,500.
Funding campaign for a tor-enabled, privacy-focused internet router, aimed at anonimising users’ online activity has been pulled from the Kickstarter, following massive online backlash.
During its five days campaign, Anonabox reportedly raised over $600,000, which is far more than its target of $7,500.
Kickstarter said in a statement: "We take the integrity of the Kickstarter system very seriously.
"We only suspend projects when we find strong evidence that they are misrepresenting themselves or otherwise violating the letter or spirit of Kickstarter’s rules.
"As a policy, we do not offer comment on project suspensions beyond what is stated in this message."
Claiming to offer anonymity of online activity, the $45 Anonabox comprises a custom-built router that directs user’s browsing traffic across the Tor network.
Further, the router bounces data around the web, encrypting it at every step, to thwart efforts to trace individuals’ identity.
Soon after the launch of project on Kickstarter, several users claimed that the Anonabox’s router was similar to a device developed by a Chinese electronics firm.
Despite criticisms, Anonabox developer August Germar noted that similar devices displayed on Chinese websites were ‘just generic knockoffs’ and would continue developing the project and sell directly to consumers.
"It doesn’t bother me," he told Ars Technica.
"I just wanted more people to be able to have a device like this."
"You know as much as I do about this. They [Kickstarter] haven’t told me anything. I think there are was a lot of negative press. A lot of people didn’t want the device to exist."