[tor-relays] fresh assault on Tor network

Gunnar Wolf gwolf at gwolf.org
Mon Jun 24 23:32:41 UTC 2019

teor dijo [Sun, Jun 23, 2019 at 02:54:51PM +1000]:
> > https://metrics.torproject.org/userstats-relay-country.html?start=2017-06-22&end=2019-06-22&country=all&events=off
> It seems to be a significant increase in users all over Iran:
> https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/30636#comment:8
> https://metrics.torproject.org/userstats-relay-country.html?start=2017-06-22&end=2019-06-22&country=ir&events=off

If all those users are detected to be connecting directly from Iran,
and following the text written in that very page you mention:

    This graph shows the estimated number of directly-connecting
    clients; that is, it excludes clients connecting via bridges.

Does this mean that Tor is no longer blocked from within Iran (and
users no longer need to connect via bridges)? Any other explanations?

Anyway, I still find the sharp uptake in direct connections quite
odd. People connecting via obfs4 (which continues to work just fine)
wouldn't migrate to direct connections massively as this shows...
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