Kickstarter Project Suspended After Raising Almost $600K, What Was It?

David Cornell

A Kickstarter project was suspended after raising an incredible amount of money over just a few days. When critics looked into it, however, the project turned out to be a scam.

The Anonabox Tor router was a marvel of internet technology, guaranteed to maintain privacy for users who don't want government agencies snooping in on their activity. In a world where the NSA knows your every move just because you "googled" the wrong combination of phrases and raised some concerns, it seemed like a dream come true.

The way the device supposedly worked was that it took the internet signal and bounced it through a network of over 5,000 relays (known as The Onion Router) to shake off potential watchers. To put it simply, it would make sure that anyone watching your computer from a remote location saw nothing. It seemed ideal for anyone who regularly engaged in internet piracy (which is a crime, punishable by hefty fines and prison time), or wanted to protect their business sources.

The following video was part of the fundraiser.

A few days after $600,000 was raised for the device, the Kickstarter project was suspended. The website sent an email to donors explaining their decision to stop funds.

"We may suspend projects when they demonstrate one or more of the following:

Offering purchased items and claiming to have made them yourself; Presenting someone else's work as your own; Misrepresenting or failing to disclose relevant facts about the project or its creator."

Offering purchased items and claiming to have made them yourself; Presenting someone else's work as your own; Misrepresenting or failing to disclose relevant facts about the project or its creator."

Reddit user "htilonom" pointed out the deception he noticed.

"They lied about the prototypes, saying that they invented the device while the device is bought from Aliexpress [a Chinese online retailer]."

— Mashable (@mashable) October 17, 2014

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