[tor-project] Many bridges (22%) have nickname "ki"
dgoulet at ev0ke.net
Tue Dec 13 21:26:02 UTC 2016
On 13 Dec (21:11:17), Yawning Angel wrote:
> On Tue, 13 Dec 2016 10:37:31 -0800
> David Fifield <david at bamsoftware.com> wrote:
> > This is a bit of a followup to my earlier post on obfs4 bridges with
> > formulaic nicknames:
> > https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-project/2016-November/000809.html
> > Those bridges are still there, but today I noticed a new weirdness:
> > 756 bridges all having the nickname "ki". 756 is 21.8% of the total
> > number, 3464. At the moment, "ki" far outnumbers every other
> > nickname, apart from "Unnamed":
> Should both groups be dropped at the BridgeAuth or what? As far as I
> am aware, there is nothing that is doing Sybil detection at the Bridge
> level, and I don't really think that's an arms race that's winnable
> (even at the standard relay level, it feels like an uphill battle).
> If I were to hypothesize, it's probably someone's botnet/malware or
> something (in both cases), but that's just a guess and it could be
> something either more nefarious, or more benign.
Yes, we should be safe here and reject those.
What's the procedure with the BridgeAuth? The dirauth-conf git repository
isn't made for the bridge authority.
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