I\u2019m not a fan of fundraising campaigns that promise privacy, but when the funding goal is not reached, then the campaign keeps all the funds with no product delivered. Yet not everyone trying to raise money for a project will succeed, not all failed projects keep the funds, and you can\u2019t please everyone all the time. The insanely popular Anonabox router has raised a crazy amount of money, but some Redditers are not pleased about Anonabox claims that the hardware was custom-designed and open source.Basically, it\u2019s plug-n-play flavored privacy via a tiny router that encrypts and routes all the users\u2019 web traffic via the Tor anonymizing network.The Kickstarter campaign starts off with: \u201cThe anonabox is an open source embedded networking device designed specifically to run Tor. It's 100% Open Source.\u201d The developers claim to have been working on Anonabox for four years with examples of the four prototypes pictured on Kickstarter. It later claims, \u201cNo more backdoors! The anonabox provides better security than most available products because it is completely open source, and open hardware.\u201dYet Redditer htilonom claimed that the Anonabox Tor router was a \u201cfalse representation, possibly even a scam\u201d and the startup was basically \u201creselling Chinese devices.\u201d Side-by-side comparisons pointed out by htilonom are disturbing as the hardware does appear to be available off the shelf. For example, the \u201cmini WiFi router\u201d in the top image is selling on AliExpress as WT3020; the router in the bottom image is a close-up of Anonabox posted on its site.Then there\u2019s the circuit board comparison as pointed out by htilonom via cstyves.When the comparison was pointed out to Anonabox developer August Germar during his Reddit AMA, Germar replied:Nice! Yes honestly that does look like the same circuit board. I can't help but wonder if the factory that we sourced is going to try to sell them too. It seems pretty common in the electronics industry and that\u2019s fine. I've never seen that photo before now, but if that is the case good for them! We have not invented anything and there are no patents on anything. We want to encourage people to make their own if they so desire because that\u2019s what makes this project fun.Other Redditers claim that Anonabox is basically saying, \u201cPay us $45 for a Tor router that is already available for $18 retail.\u201d Yet Germar told the Daily Dot, \u201cThe device\u2019s circuit boards were designed by an electrical engineer based on anonabox\u2019s specifications, and that the company \u2018found out tonight that there is at least one hardware product that is very similar, but\u2026 What makes the anonabox do what it does is the software and configuration\u2019.\u201dThat code has not yet been analyzed by the Tor Project community or other interested third-party security minds. If it does what it claims, basically plug it into your router for instant anonymous surfing, then that\u2019s a good thing. It\u2019s so portable that it\u2019s \u201csmall enough to hide two in a pack of cigarettes.\u201d Under the heading of \u201cbuilt for civil disobedience,\u201d Germar told Wired the device could be hidden in a bodily orifice. \u201cMaybe it\u2019s too late and the police are already downstairs, so you smash the box with a brick and throw the pieces out the window. Or maybe you just crush it by stepping on it with your shoe and flush the pieces down the toilet.\u201dAfter the \u201cmisrepresentation of \u2018custom\u2019 hardware\u201d stink started on Reddit, Wired, which reported on the custom hardware, reached out to Germar again.In a follow-up phone call with Germar, he clarified that the router was created from a stock board sourced from the Chinese supplier Gainstrong. But he says that the project\u2019s developers requested Gainstrong add flash memory to the board to better accommodate Tor\u2019s storage demands. Germar also says now that the case was supplied by Gainstrong and was not custom-designed by the Anonabox developers, a partial reversal of how he initially described it to WIRED.Anonabox likely could bring Tor to an audience that has never used it and might be too tech-squeamish to setup Onion Pi or other little devices for \u201cWeb Security Everywhere.\u201d Funding pledges are still pouring in for the project, so it\u2019s not like Anonabox has been shot down in flames. Yet some tech-savvy folks are worried that if the open source hardware claims are not true, will the other \u201cpromises\u201d made on Kickstarter prove to be false too?If you don\u2019t like it, then don\u2019t fund it. If you funded it and are sorry you did so, then \u201cManage your pledge\u201d and withdraw your funding via \u201cCancel pledge.\u201d If you feel like Anonabox is making false claims, or violates the Kickstarter rule that \u201cprojects can\u2019t mislead or misrepresent the facts,\u201d then report it to Kickstarter. If you see nothing wrong it, then make a pledge to support the tiny Tor router. Or you could do nothing and attempt other methods to evade government surveillance and to protect your privacy.