Monday, September 11, 2006

Anonymizing Tor Servers Being Shut Down in Germany? - Update

Ryan Singel writes on 27B Stroke 6:

A public prosecutor in Konstanz, Germany has seized servers running anonymizing Tor servers as part of a crackdown on child pornography, according to a post from Alexander W. Janssen, a German blogger who links to two news stories in German.

The seized servers are reported to be Tor "exit nodes" where requests for a web page are sent out of the system of routers that bounce queries around to mask the IP address of the original requester.

If a prosecutor raided a child pornography site that kept logs, the authorities could then find all the IP addresses of requesters.

In this case one or more requests seem to be coming from a Tor server.

More here.

Update: German Tor Network Just Fine, Tor Director Says


At Mon Sep 11, 01:06:00 PM PDT, Blogger Shava said...

Last week, a few Tor exit-node servers were seized by the German police in a massive sting against child pornography. From our friends on the ground in Germany, we hear that dozens and dozens of machines may have been seized.

So far as we know only six of those were Tor servers. We have heard from the server operators. None of them has been charged.

This is not a "crackdown" on Tor, as has been widely reported. We expect and hope that the volunteer Tor server operators in Germany will get their equipment back after this has blown over, and there will be no action against Tor.

Please contact me for more information.

Shava Nerad
executive director
The Tor Project
shava -at- freehaven -dot- net


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