many new relays

David Jevans djevans at
Mon Jun 22 03:23:27 UTC 2009

Do we have indication of any geographic concentration of these relays?  Worried about sybil attacks.

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From: Scott Bennett
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Subject: many new relays

     Somewhere on the order of 500 new relays or so seem to have appeared
in the tor network in the past week.  I take this as a very welcome event,
not only for the future of the tor network and enhanced performance of the
network, but because it suggests that quite a lot of people have become
more aware of the need for network anonymity.
     What bothers me a trifle is that the timing of all this also suggests
that it has been triggered by the ruckus over the recent election in Iran.
I hope that most of the new tor nodes will stick around for the long haul
after the situation in Iran has quiesced, rather than simply being up for
a few weeks and then vanishing again.
     Either way, though, I welcome them all for as long as their operators
are willing to help out by running relays.

                                  Scott Bennett, Comm. ASMELG, CFIAG
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