[tor-talk] Possible upcoming attempts to disable the Tor network
thomaswhite at riseup.net
Mon Dec 22 23:16:19 UTC 2014
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Generally some criteria for DirAuths are people who are trusted by the
community, aren't raided very often/have legal troubles/could be
legally compromised, people with an extensive understanding of how Tor
works and people who can secure their systems from attacks. Remember
every time a dirauth is added or change IP a new tor version must be
released as they are hardcoded so it isn't a simple process to add a
new one, not to mention intra-dirauth communication and verification.
> On 2014-12-22 23:20, Mirimir wrote:
>> On 12/22/2014 02:18 PM, Roger Dingledine wrote:
>>> On Mon, Dec 22, 2014 at 02:03:04PM -0700, Mirimir wrote:
>>>> In light of recent posts from Thomas White and some node
>>>> operators, I'm wondering whether "seizure" might be looking
>>>> more like "compromise". There might be a range of attacks,
>>>> from DDoSing to rooting, and perhaps even the covert
>>>> installation of malicious hardware. Or is that too
>>> So far all is quiet on the directory authority front, and no
>>> news is good news.
>>> As for Thomas's servers, I should emphasize that Tor exit
>>> relays aren't the same as Tor directory authorities. There are
>>> 1000+ exit relays in the Tor network, and it is normal (and
>>> safe) for them to come and go for all sorts of reasons. He took
>>> his relays down himself to be conservative while investigating,
>>> but currently he's not thinking it has to do with law
>>> enforcement. When he took them down, the Tor network
>>> temporarily lost a little bit of exit capacity, but that too is
>>> There are six thousand plus relays in the Tor network right
>>> now, and things are happening as usual. There's no indication
>>> currently that anything in particular has happened recently.
>> Thanks for clearing that up. Sorry to confuse things. I saw in
>> the list of trusted authorities at
>> https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8774833 that Riseup runs
>> one, and somehow didn't see that Thomas was reporting on exit
>> relays and mirrors.
>> I ought to chill, I suppose.
> So is there no need for some more trusted dir authorities? I mean
> 10 for the whole networks seems a bit tiny.
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