Three servers offline, likely seized

Sun 09 November 2014 by qbi

Last Thursday we noticed that three servers went down. Those servers were used to run Tor exit nodes, 10 in total. We tried to get in contact with our providers which weren’t able to tell us anything and also could not reboot the servers nor give us access to them. On the same day it was reported that several government agencies took down hidden services. Even though our machines were only used as exit nodes, we believe that our machines were also seized by law enforcement officials. We are trying to get further information about the incident. As soon as we know more we will inform you.

At the moment all of these exit nodes are down and we advise you to not use them in case they come back. Below you’ll find a listing of all exits in question. We informed the Tor project, and at the time of writing all of these relays should already be blacklisted and not able to rejoin the network. We will not reuse the server hardware in case they become available again.

Amsterdam datacenter:

Miami datacenter:

The Tor Project will soon release further information about the takedown and probable explanations. EDIT 2014-11-09: Here’s the Tor blog article.

Reporters Without Borders and, partners against online surveillance and censorship

Fri 25 April 2014 by RSF,46196.html

Reporters Without Borders and have joined forces to create and maintain 250 additional relays for the Tor network.

“In doing this, our two organizations are thumbing our noses at the entire world’s censors,” said Grégoire Pouget, the head of the ...

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Torcollect - A tool to collect statistics from servers that run Tor bridges

Wed 02 April 2014 by Daniel

For the last half year i’ve been developing a tool that collects metrics from bridge servers. The specified application had to extract and collect the data from each single server that is registered in the system and generate static HTML reports from the received data.

Torcollect is written in ...

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Tor Relay Operator Meetup at 30C3

Mon 16 December 2013 by Moritz invites Tor exit relay operators and organizations to a meetup at this year’s Chaos Communication Congress 30c3 in Hamburg. If possible, for example if you’re a member of one of the ‘Torservers partner organizations’, please prepare some slides on your activities and let us know about ...

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Upgrading RAM due to large amount of user connections

Sun 01 September 2013 by Moritz

Our relays currently run out of RAM due to what is most likely a botnet using the Tor network ( ). It is not using much bandwidth, but a lot of circuits. Looks like its a botnet with hidden service C&C server(s).

Thus, I ...

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Preparation for reimbursement: partner mailinglists

Fri 03 May 2013 by Moritz

In preparation of reimbursing exit and bridge operators, we have set up two new mailing lists. Entities that receive reimbursement are called “Torservers partners” and listed at (if they want to be listed)

If you want to become a partner, we have ...

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Support for Relay Operators

Fri 03 May 2013 by Moritz

I just noticed that I never announced that we offer support for relay operators at support [at] torservers [dot] net. You can encrypt your mails using PGP fingerprint B099 CF5D 5B97 DC65 2406 B458 C8F4 2EB2 E033 4E90

Currently, four founding members of Torservers ...

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On the way to more diversity

Wed 03 April 2013 by Moritz

I have started to make changes to the website to reflect that we have grown from “professional Tor Exit hosting” to a state where growth of a single organization is not useful any more. We have refrained from ramping up more exit capacity for quite some time because ...

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Torservers receives 12000€ grant from Wau Holland Foundation

Mon 12 March 2012 by Moritz

Sorry to spam you with just the press release, but all this took quite some time to get ready in time for March 12, Reporters without Borders “World Day Against Cyber Censorship”, and I need to catch a little sleep now.

In short: We received a grant of 12,000 ...

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New Exit at Voxility/Limehost in Romania

Wed 01 February 2012 by Moritz

I’ve just installed a new Tor exit at Voxility in Romania. We have hosted there before through a German reseller (T-N Media), but the peering should have improved massively since, and by dealing with the NOC directly, we got proper RIPE reassignment and their “go” for Tor.

Let’s ...

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Progress Update - Happy New Torservers Year 2012

Wed 25 January 2012 by Moritz

It’s still early enough to say Happy New Year and welcome another year worth fighting for net freedom…

Anyway, it’s been quite some time since I last sent an update to this list. I really recommend everyone to follow our twitter account @torservers or use the RSS feed ...

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Paypal and bank account changed; please update if you still use old one

Fri 11 November 2011 by Moritz

We have a new bank account. Do not use my personal bank account any longer as this makes accounting more complicated.

If you do wire transfers, this is our bank info:

Account holder: Zwiebelfreunde e.V. Name of bank: GLS Gemeinschaftsbank eG IBAN: DE09430609671126825600 BIC: GENODEM1GLS (Kontonummer 1126825600, BLZ 43060967 ...

read more Meetups in Dresden (3.9. and 15.10.)

Mon 22 August 2011 by Moritz

Hi there,

The non-profit association behind invites everyone, especially its current members, to two meetings. The first meeting will be held on the evening of Saturday, 3.9., in my kitchen. The second meeting will be on the evening of Saturday, 15.10., most likely also in my ...

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Torservers Progress Report

Mon 16 May 2011 by Moritz

Hi everyone!

Zwiebelfreunde e.V. has finally received the necessary paperwork from the tax authorities and can now open a bank account etc. Juris is preparing a membership application form, so you should soon all be able to join. We’re still working on The Infrastructure (TM) to replace the ...

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New ~616 Mbit/s Exits at NForce NL

Thu 07 April 2011 by Moritz

I am very exited to announce the new exits hosted at NForce Entertainment in the Netherlands [1]. We have proper WHOIS reassignment and their full support, so I am experimenting with an exit policy that allows all ports to exit to hopefully attract more traffic.

NForce has decided to support ...

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New 200TB exit node hosted with Axigy (USA): manning and saeeed

Mon 04 April 2011 by Moritz

I am excited to announce that I have found an ISP who showed interest and understanding in what we are doing.

—— snip —— Great, I like what you’re doing to help those countries with respective governments. In response to Abuse, we are ...

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Torservers Progress Report February/March

Sat 12 March 2011 by Moritz


It’s been a while since the last update. Sorry, but I like being busy on actually doing stuff instead of writing reports. ;-) It would be nice to have someone go through our mailing list archive and Twitter feed, pick ...

read more receives $10,000 grant from Access Now

Mon 07 March 2011 by Moritz

Dresden, March 8th 2011

Onions Against Dictators - supports democracy movements by providing uncensorable gateway to free Internet; receives $10,000 grant from Access Now

Uncensored access to the Internet can overthrow dictators and aid the creation of free societies. This has been shown by recent events in North ...

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Progress report Feb 1-5

Sat 05 February 2011 by Moritz

Anyone interested in doing an English workshop on Internet censorship/online activism with me on ENA?

Feb 1st: - Flatters for torservers passed 1000! - Flattr Revenue January: €128,57

Feb 2nd: - We have our own ARIN WHOIS entries now for zeller and ...

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New Tor relays online - zeller and raskin (thanks Mike from DefaultRoute!)

Mon 31 January 2011 by Moritz and just went live. These two relays are donations by the founder of, Mike Sawicki, currently set at 20 Mbps each. He will SWIP the IP range, after that we will gradually open the exit policy.

Thank you Mike Sawicki - http://hax ...

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Sun 30 January 2011 by Moritz

It is named “wau”, after Wau ...

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Merry Christmas / Traffic Stats December 2010 / 27c3

Fri 24 December 2010 by Moritz

Merry christmas to you all :-) Let 2011 be a successful year in the never-ending fight for Human rights.

US Traffic for December: 92.7 TB in / 91.7 TB out Average 286.3 Mbps , Max 404.4 Mbps

A special thanks to Richard ...

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Torservers Update

Tue 02 November 2010 by Moritz

It’s been very quiet on this list for a while now, and the website doesn’t show much progress either, so let me give you a “behind the scenes”.

  1. Abuse After convincing Softlayer to add a comment to our WHOIS range and limiting the ports, all complaints were directed ...
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All four nodes on top of torstatus :-)

Thu 24 June 2010 by Moritz

Datacenter stats:

Tell your friends ;)

Haven’t heard back from neither BayTSP about my DMCA status, nor from Softlayer/100TB about SWIP. The 100TB admin told me he emailed their network engineers to check whether it is possible - although they told me about ...

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Another day, another dollar

Fri 18 June 2010 by Moritz

We’re Top 1 and Top 2 now :-)

Average: 24 MB/s”

Please show this to your friends :-) We need more donations to make this work. Don’t let this be a fun experiment, let’s make it an institution.

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We have a new server in Australia!

Fri 18 June 2010 by Moritz

I’ve been contacted by, a nice ISP in Australia. They have donated a small server for running another Tor exit node with 1MB/s of traffic.


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First nodes are online :-)

Mon 14 June 2010 by Moritz

Thanks to YOU, the first nodes are online! As I’m still testing (never had the goal of pumping 39MB/s before), the configuration is provisional and I don’t want to announce them widely yet, but of course you should know about the progress. (no web ...

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You can now Flattr

Mon 31 May 2010 by Moritz

Update: 32MB/s, new Torstatus screenshot

Wed 19 May 2010 by Moritz

Tor Exit Node Sponsorship - looking for partners

Tue 11 May 2010 by Moritz

At the moment, 25% of all traffic exits through Blutmagie (thanks Olaf!). I guess we all agree that this situation is far from optimal.

Judging from the number of requests in the last months where people were looking for friendly ISPs, help with setting up, running and managing Tor nodes ...

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