[tor-bugs] #18361 [Tor Browser]: Issues with corporate censorship and mass surveillance

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Wed Feb 24 16:21:49 UTC 2016

#18361: Issues with corporate censorship and mass surveillance
 Reporter:  ioerror                       |          Owner:  tbb-team
     Type:  enhancement                   |         Status:  new
 Priority:  High                          |      Milestone:
Component:  Tor Browser                   |        Version:
 Severity:  Critical                      |     Resolution:
 Keywords:  security, privacy, anonymity  |  Actual Points:
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Comment (by lunar):

 Replying to [comment:136 jgrahamc]:
 > Replying to [comment:134 lunar]:
 > > If I understood correctly, this chart show individual Tor exit nodes
 who have been spotted doing at least one of the “abuse” you describe
 earlier. If that's correct, then it's just totally meaningless data. Tor
 users can control which exit node they use. So this could just be a
 **single** Tor user doing a **single** attempt at SQL injection repeatedly
 over **different exit nodes**.
 > No, this data is only for Tor exit nodes that are comment spamming. It's
 not "one person did a bad thing once on an exit node".

 Same thing. It could be just one person using all Tor exit nodes in turns
 to attempt comment spamming. It is not a good metric to reflect about Tor
 users and Tor traffic.

 > > Please stop framing this as “''Tor traffic is 90% abuse''”. This is
 not what these numbers are telling us.
 > I never said that. Don't put words in my mouth.

 According to The Register article, your boss did: ''According to Prince,
 third-party figures have suggested than more than 90 per cent of Tor
 traffic […] is traffic that is actively trying to hurt the websites it is
 visiting.'' Please read my comment as addressed to all readers of your

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