[tor-relays] Bots, love 'em or hate 'em?

tor-server-creator at use.startmail.com tor-server-creator at use.startmail.com
Sun Aug 23 08:24:10 UTC 2015

Would be interesting to have an outdate-consensus handling deprecated 
relays just for statistics or maybe also to set them all to flagged as 
bad or throttle them somehow?

Am Mittwoch, 19. August 2015 17:11 schrieb 
starlight.2015q3 at binnacle.cx:
> My relay says it receives about 50k v1/v2/v3
> connections each day to the 60k v4
> connections that come in.
> "Entry-ips" says it has about 35k guard-
> clients.  Blutmagie says there are no
> pre-0.2.4 relays talking anything other
> than v4.
> So I'm left thinking that 95% or more of the
> bandwidth consumption and client count is from
> crusty old botnet bots running ancient versions
> of the Tor daemon.
> But all that bot traffic creates a lot
> of statistical "background noise," and
> so may be providing a service in making
> it more difficult for advanced adversaries
> to perform traffic correlation analysis.
> Thoughts anyone?
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