[tor-talk] A question about hidden services and tor in general

Mirimir mirimir at riseup.net
Sat Nov 2 00:46:41 UTC 2013

On 11/01/2013 06:16 PM, DeveloperChris wrote:
> I just reviewed the tor hidden services page. so I am pretty green about
> the way it works.
> From the description I gather this
> When a client wants to connect to a hidden service an introducer picks a
> random rendezvious point which then is used to shuttle packets back and
> forth between the client and the hidden service.
> If I wanted to discover the location of the hidden service is it not
> simple to act as the rendezvious point? If I had enough resources and
> flooded tor with nodes eventually one of my nodes would be chosen as the
> rendezvious point and therefore I have the client IP (me) the
> rendezvious point ip (me) and the supposedly hidden services ip (target).
> Then to cover my tracks I spread a story about how the target left clues
> in facebook pages etc etc..
> How does tor prevent this type of attack?

Both hidden services and clients accessing hidden services connect to
rendezvous points via three-relay Tor circuits.

> Please keep the replies civil. I know there is one in every crowd. don't
> be that one.
> DC

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