[tor-relays] Got a visit from the police this morning..

Jonathan Baker-Bates jonathan at bakerbates.com
Sun Jul 31 13:54:21 UTC 2016

I think this issue has been discussed here before.

The general opinion on the list is that it's not a good idea to run an exit
at home. It's probably not worth the hassle.

On 31 July 2016 at 14:13, Stig Atle Steffensen <stigatle at cryptolab.net>

> I never thought I would be one of those operators who had to deal with the
> police or anything like that.
> I've done all I can to set things up so that it's easy to see that I run a
> exit node.
> I have a disclaimer on my website :
> https://stigatle.no/index.php/tor-exit-node/
> and if you go to the ip of the node, you'll see the same info:
> I run this node - which is no secret:
> https://atlas.torproject.org/#details/04250C3835019B26AA6764E85D836088BE441088
> So, back to earlier this morning.
> Suddenly got a hard knock on my door, I was surprised because we never get
> visitors.
> I saw it was the police (2 officers), and they asked if we could talk in
> private, because
> they heard my kids (2 and 4) and my wife upstairs, I said yes, no problem,
> let them in.
> They would not let me know what it was about at first, they asked a lot
> about what I did yesterday,
> easy for me to answer since I was out climbing mountains all day long.
> Then asked a lot about who has access to my connection at home, It's just
> me, my wife, no one else.
> Then I start to ask a bit, and I thought about the exit node I run, I
> quickly confirmed
> that it was the exit node (which is in sweden and not in Norway where I
> live) that was the reason why they where at my house.
> All though - 2 second check would confirm to them that the server is not
> at my house, and the impression they gave me until I
> showed the Exit node was that they thought it was sent from my house.
> I have blocked the email ports on the exit node, but the issue was that a
> email had been sent through hotmail (web),
> threatening Angela Merkel, that's why they where at my house this morning.
> I got the chance to explain everything as best I could, explained how it
> all worked, and why
> I run a exit node, and I feel they got all the answers they needed. They
> then left - and for now that was that.
> I would be put on some kind of list, but that list would also explain that
> I operate a tor exit node.
> I'm happy with that, and hopefully this will be all that there's to it.
> I might have to do some more explaining if I travel to sweden\germany, but
> that's fine with me.
> Anyone else here that has this happen to you recently as well?..
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