[tor-relays] clarification on what Utah State University exit relays store ("360 gigs of log files")

nusenu nusenu at openmailbox.org
Sat Aug 8 06:03:38 UTC 2015

Hi Jesse,

I found your email address in exit relay descriptors run at USU [1].

There has been an interesting comment on a recent boingboing post [2]
that implies that USU exit relays store significant amount of logs
without going into much detail:

> dweller_below August 5, 2015
> A very similar thing happened to USU. We received a summons from 
> Homeland/ICE to produce 3 months of records (plus identifying
> info) for an IP that was one of our TOR exit nodes.
> I eventually managed to contact the Special Agent in charge of the 
> investigation. He turned out to be a reasonable person. I
> explained that the requested info was an extremely active TOR exit
> node. I said that we had extracted and filtered the requested data,
> it was 90 4 gig files (for a total of 360 gigs of log files) or
> about 3.2 billion log entries.

If you can confirm that the comment is authentic I'd be interested
what kind of tor related data you are logging at your exit relays and why.


[1] https://atlas.torproject.org/#search/contact:C20BEC80
[2] http://boingboing.net/2015/08/04/what-happened-when-the-fbi-sub.html

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