[tor-relays] Google Compute Engine rejected as relay?

grarpamp grarpamp at gmail.com
Fri Aug 21 18:26:54 UTC 2015

On Fri, Aug 21, 2015 at 1:40 PM, Philipp Winter <phw at nymity.ch> wrote:
> I wonder if we wouldn't be better off with GCE remaining blocked.  Cloud
> platforms seem quite popular among attackers -- presumably because they
> can quickly give you a large number of disposable machines.
> Second, and perhaps less obvious, Google is already in a privileged
> position as many exit relays use Google's public DNS server as resolver.
> If GCE machines end up being guard relays, Google might be able to
> correlate some DNS requests of the Tor clients that end up selecting GCE
> guards.

Similar thoughts. Feeds into the idea about some meta metrics
on relays users might select from... WOT, location, etc. Maybe
they even want the cloud due to having really good pipes.

There are certainly plenty of non-mega-cloud VPS/dedi's to choose
from out there, even in people's local cities. Just look around,
form a relationship, not a billing statement.

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