suspicions Chinese node name piracy

Florian Reitmeir florian at
Sat Jan 19 14:03:51 UTC 2008

On Sat, 19 Jan 2008, Olaf Selke wrote:

> today I found the tor network status update script for my TNS site 
> broken. The Perl code feeding the underlying 
> MySQL db relies on a unique router name for the tor server being queried. 
> Since some hours besides my own tor node there's listed a second tor node 
> in China named "blutmagie" in the descriptor table. It appears to be using 
> a Chinese dialup address. Oops!
> Fixing the TNS Perl code was not very hard, but what may be the reason some 
> idiot in China choses the same router name like me?

because there is no trademark on router names?

Florian Reitmeir

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