Google and Tor.

Gregory Maxwell gmaxwell at
Wed Aug 25 14:38:39 UTC 2010

On Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 6:28 AM, Matthew <pumpkin at> wrote:
> On numerous occasions when using Google with Tor (yes, I know there are
> other options like Scroogle) it claims I might be sending automated queries
> and gives me a CAPTCHA.  Sometimes this allows me to search; other times I
> am caught in a loop and am constantly send back to the CAPTCHA screen.
> I am wondering why Google does not deal with this.  I can understand that if
> dozens of people are using the same IP then some sites think "zombies" are
> being used.  But if the IP is a Tor node then this is not the case.  Google
> could surely exclude these Tor IPs.
> So my question is: why don't they?  What are the politics behind their
> decision not to acknowledge Tor exit nodes as bona fide?

Really?  This isn't obvious?

People are running automated datamining queries _via tor_ in order to
gain control of more IPs and avoid being blocked.

Even if they weren't, they'd certainly start if Google exempted tor exits.
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