[tor-relays] Tor and Freenode

Dave Warren davew at hireahit.com
Sun Jan 25 06:15:40 UTC 2015

On 2015-01-24 07:46, Markus Hitter wrote:
> Without a room there's not much to spam.

Unfortunately this is very much not true. There are all sorts of attacks 
on IRC, including bots that use multiple connections where one collects 
data from channels and another actually sends the spam via direct PRIVMSG.

It wouldn't be impossible to neuter the IRC protocol to allow 
registration over Tor but otherwise render unauthenticated users 
harmless to the network, but unless there is some way to verify that the 
user is human, bots would quickly get written to register nicks and set 
themselves up via Tor, abuse the nick until it's burned and move on.

Dave Warren

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