[tor-talk] Dutch Police Investigation & Tor Spike: Correlation Or Also Causation?

Roger Dingledine arma at mit.edu
Sat Sep 10 12:00:00 UTC 2011

On Sat, Sep 10, 2011 at 08:20:39AM +0200, Matthijs R. Koot wrote:
> > : Requests: Why? [1] from the Tor-talk mailinglist. Some believe (credits
> > : to @ly_gs for enlightening me) that the August 2011 spike in Tor users
> > : via bridges may be related to the Dutch police investigation on Tor
> > : hidden services hosting child pornography, which also took place during
> > 
> > How do these two things go together? Hidden services are unrelated to
> > bridges. And we're seeing massive bridge queries, and huge spikes of
> > bridge useres in European countries. 
> I know, mind the last part (see below) of my post, which was probably
> WAY too long. I'm wondering whether, in lack of a better explanation,
> the bridge spike might have been caused by undisclosed activities
> performed by Dutch police et al. Not looking for a yes/no answer, only
> proposing a possible lead to follow for finding an explanation.

I think it's extremely unlikely to be related. There's no way "get a
million people in Italy, Spain, and Latin America to use Tor" is somehow
one of the steps in a Dutch police investigation.


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