[tor-relays] Webtropia threatening with penalty of 5.100€

spriver spriver at autistici.org
Wed Dec 2 15:00:25 UTC 2015

I got some more information from my provider:
The spam is indeed spamming with accounts in some message boards. (which
is also forbidden in the ToU of my provider)

> Hi,
> I am (or was) running a Tor Exit Node with about 200-250bmit/s on a VPS
> at Webtropia for several months with the common reduced exit policy
> (https://globe.torproject.org/#/relay/D218DF2C542CD1FB57FCF36DB6672A0DE6A8CBF1).
> They never had a problem with the fact of running an exit, from time to
> time I got an abuse mail to which I responded with the "usual thing"
> (that I'm running an exit and the connections are not initiated by me.
> If some party wishes not to be contacted I would restrict acces [exit
> policy]). On Monday morning my server got shut down. I contacted them by
> asking, why the server was shut down, they responded that some spam was
> sent (abuse mailing from courbis.fr, axmo12.de claimed a brute force on
> SSH and the usual stuff from Webiron) and thus my server was blocked by
> them. They now claim that they are entitled to contractual penalty of
> 5.100,- € to be charged because I violate their Terms of Use. Their
> Terms do not forbid Tor itself, but spamming and other illegal things
> such as port scanning and DoS-attacks
> (https://www.webtropia.com/de/unternehmen/agb.html).
> They also told me that they cannot monitor if the traffic is really Tor
> traffic and that I should configure my server to prevent such abuse.
> How should I proceed there?
> Cheers!

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