suspicions Chinese node name piracy

Florian Reitmeir florian at
Sat Jan 19 19:30:18 UTC 2008

On Sat, 19 Jan 2008, Olaf Selke wrote:

> Florian Reitmeir wrote:
> >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?

> personally I don't care very much about someone else using my router 
> name, but there seems to be some motivation to do so. Would you label 
> your router in a foreign language you probably don't understand?


if i see a "big" host, and i have the ability to name mine route the same, 
i think i would try it. just to see what happens.

> On December 22nd police contacted me regarding an incident in Macao. 
> Someone threatened Chinese authorities using my exit gw. Compared with 
> other police inquiries against me this time I had the feeling they 
> really got pressure from Berlin.

but the police got your name because of your ip address, not because of your
tor-router-name? and there are really many chinese people out there.

Florian Reitmeir

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