[tor-project] Fwd: [tor-dev] Interested in contributing to Tor Project - IP Hijacking detection for Tor relays

teor teor2345 at gmail.com
Tue Jan 3 02:42:18 UTC 2017

For those of you who didn't see this on tor-dev:

> Begin forwarded message:
> From: Nikhil <rnikhil275 at gmail.com <mailto:rnikhil275 at gmail.com>>
> Subject: [tor-dev] Interested in contributing to Tor Project - IP Hijacking detection for Tor relays
> Date: 29 December 2016 at 22:50:12 AEDT
> To: tor-dev at lists.torproject.org <mailto:tor-dev at lists.torproject.org>
> Reply-To: tor-dev at lists.torproject.org <mailto:tor-dev at lists.torproject.org>
> Hi,
> I am Nikhil. R, a student from India. You can know more about me from here[1] and here[2]. I have been running a Tor relay for sometime and now I am interested in contributing to the Tor Project. Specifically, I would like to work on IP Hijacking detection for Tor relays. I understand this does not involve directly with the Tor core hence I think this project is ideal in getting my feet wet with the Tor Community and get me started for further contributions to the Tor Project.
> BGP hijacking is difficult without inside help from ISP's(I think ?) but state run adversaries don't necessarily have this problem. This has a great risk of exposing all Tor clients or even mess around with the name resolution in exit relays. I have also read about incidents where an attacker using BGP hijacking, hijacked a portion of a Bitcoin mining pool traffic to pay himself instead of the people contributing the processing power. I feel BGP has major security implications in this aspect and a monitoring service is necessary. There are many monitoring services and we can possibly leverage one of them for the routing data.
> The main motive of the service would be to find anomalies/ malicious changes in the routing information compared to previous snapshots of the same. How do we actually do this comparison ? Any pointers for that ? The project also mentions that the service should be Tor-aware. What exactly does this mean ? Does it mean that, it should monitor all tor relays ip addresses ? It would be wonderful if you could elaborate on the project in a little more detail.
> I am a beginner in this area and please excuse me if any of the above questions are too stupid.
> Regards,
> Nikhil. R
> [1]:https://in.linkedin.com/in/rnikhil275 <https://in.linkedin.com/in/rnikhil275>
> [2]https://rnikhil275.github.io <https://rnikhil275.github.io/>
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