[tor-relays] I.P. being Blocked?
zackw at cmu.edu
Sun Aug 9 17:02:14 UTC 2015
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On 08/09/2015 12:52 PM, Kurt Besig wrote:
> Without going into any detail at this point I'm wondering if
> others, running a simple middle relay, have encountered any
> governmental harassment as a direct result of running a relay. The
> blocking of state agencies e.g, CA.SDI.gov, CA.DMV.gov?
Are you running a relay on your home network connection? That is
discouraged for a whole bunch of reasons, one of which is that several
"this IP is a source of spam" blacklists indiscriminately list _all_ Tor
relays, whether or not they are exit nodes. This in turn causes random
websites to block non-Tor access from the same address. California's
government services' IT department is probably subscribing to one of
those blacklists, and that's probably out of ignorance rather than
malice (the blacklists in question bill themselves as "more
comprehensive" than others).
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