[tor-relays] Final Warning Notice

Mike Perry mikeperry at torproject.org
Thu Jul 11 15:43:30 UTC 2013

> Chris Sheats:
> > Hey tor-relays,
> > 
> > The past few months, since I upgraded my net connection to 1Gbps, I've
> > hit the top 40 fastest relays and the top 20 fastest exit nodes,
> > peaking to over 17 MB/s. I've always prided the fact that my ISP,
> > CondoInternet in Seattle, has been very welcoming of my reduced exit
> > node. In the past, the malicious activity hasn't been "too much" for
> > my ISP--examples here: http://yawnbox.com/1461--but now they want me
> > to shut it down. What are my options?

By "reduced", were you using the ReducedExitPolicy? This would eliminate
the bittorrent complaints. It sounds like you were, but I wanted to
confirm (and your node is no longer in the consensus :/).


> Is their problem the amount of work they have to do because of the abuse
> and legal complaints? Then offer to handle them directly.
> The best way to do so is to become the contact address for the IP. With
> your Regional Internet Registry, the process is usually called SWIP [1].
> The issue you might run into is that SWIP is only available for a
> minimum of 8 IPv4 addresses. So they might charge you more and you might
> have to switch to a new IP address.
> You probably should switch to a non-exit policy while negociating. If
> you and CondoInternet are not able to find a process where you could
> handle abuses directly, fast non-exit relays with good bandwidth are
> still a very useful contribution to the network! (and they would not get
> any legal complaints)

Yes, I want to emphasize the value of being a high capacity non-exit
relay. I want to investigate various types of padding for Website
Traffic Fingerprinting and correlation, and I think that if we end up
having more Guard bandwidth than Exit bandwidth, we can write parameters
into the consensus that instruct clients to use this extra capacity for

Did they shut you down entirely, even forbidding non-exit for some
reason? Or did you decide to move to a new ISP that supports exits?

Mike Perry
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