[tor-relays] Amazon abuse report

Gordon Morehouse gordon at morehouse.me
Mon Nov 4 21:39:00 UTC 2013

On Mon, 4 Nov 2013 14:38:40 -0500, Paul Syverson <paul.syverson at nrl.navy.mil> wrote:

> On Mon, Nov 04, 2013 at 08:18:29AM -0800, Gordon Morehouse wrote:
> [snip]
> > > 
> > > That's just plain silly.
> > 
> > Not as silly as you think, but the outright blocking vs finding ways
> > to throttle is more a discussion worth having.  I suspect most of the
> > Silent Majority(tm), if polled, would rather throttle than block.
> > 
> > I *swear* there was a paper on this other than the 2009 one I posted
> > the other day.
> > 
> Are you perhaps thinking of "Throttling Tor Bandwidth Parasites"?
> Available at http://www.syverson.org/ or
> http://www-users.cs.umn.edu/~jansen/publications.shtml

That's one of them, here are a couple sources of information on throttling bandwidth hogs:



> Throttling is tricky and not a panacea. This is noted in the
> above paper and analyzed in some detail in
> "How Low Can You Go: Balancing Performance with Anonymity in Tor",
> also available at 
> http://www-users.cs.umn.edu/~jansen/publications.shtml

Indeed. I suspect it's also better than doing nothing, and better than any attempt to block certain types of traffic altogether.

-Gordon M.

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