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.
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 Torservers.net, partners against online surveillance and censorship
Reporters Without Borders and Torservers.net 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 ...read more
Torcollect - A tool to collect statistics from servers that run Tor bridges
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 ...read more
Tor Relay Operator Meetup at 30C3
Torservers.net 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 ...read more
Upgrading RAM due to large amount of user connections
Preparation for reimbursement: partner mailinglists
In preparation of Torservers.net reimbursing exit and bridge operators, we have set up two new mailing lists. Entities that receive reimbursement are called “Torservers partners” and listed at https://www.torservers.net/partners.html (if they want to be listed)
If you want to become a partner, we have ...read more
Support for Relay Operators
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 — https://www.torservers.net/torservers_pub.asc fingerprint B099 CF5D 5B97 DC65 2406 B458 C8F4 2EB2 E033 4E90
Currently, four founding members of Torservers ...read more
On the way to more diversity
I have started to make changes to the Torservers.net 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 ...read more
Torservers receives 12000€ grant from Wau Holland Foundation
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 ...read more
New Exit at Voxility/Limehost in Romania
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 ...read more
Progress Update - Happy New Torservers Year 2012
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 ...read more
Paypal and bank account changed; please update if you still use old one
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
Torservers.net Meetups in Dresden (3.9. and 15.10.)
The non-profit association behind torservers.net 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 ...read more
Torservers Progress Report
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 ...read more
New ~616 Mbit/s Exits at NForce NL
I am very exited to announce the new exits hosted at NForce Entertainment in the Netherlands . 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 ...read more
New 200TB exit node hosted with Axigy (USA): manning and saeeed
I am excited to announce that I have found an ISP who showed interest and understanding in what we are doing. http://www.webhostingtalk.com/showthread.php?t=1035976
—— snip —— Great, I like what you’re doing to help those countries with respective governments. In response to Abuse, we are ...read more
Torservers Progress Report February/March
Torservers.net receives $10,000 grant from Access Now
Dresden, March 8th 2011
Onions Against Dictators - Torservers.net 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 ...read more
Progress report Feb 1-5
Anyone interested in doing an English workshop on Internet censorship/online activism with me on ENA? http://www.ena2011.eu/
Feb 1st: - Flatters for torservers passed 1000! https://flattr.com/thing/5649/ - Flattr Revenue January: €128,57
Feb 2nd: - We have our own ARIN WHOIS entries now for zeller and ...read more
New Tor relays online - zeller and raskin (thanks Mike from DefaultRoute!)
zeller.torservers.net and raskin.torservers.net just went live. These two relays are donations by the founder of defaultroute.net, 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 ...read more
- www.codero.com donated a 100mbps Tor exit! The IP range should be SWIPed and RDNS set properly soon. We’re still testing the setup, so for now we’re only allowing port 443 to exit. http://torstatus.all.de/router_detail.php?FP=C67622A01D8D3B742A14506CD446342993C20FE3
It is named “wau”, after Wau ...read more
Merry Christmas / Traffic Stats December 2010 / 27c3
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”.
- Abuse After convincing Softlayer to add a comment to our WHOIS range and limiting the ports, all complaints were directed ...
All four nodes on top of all.de torstatus :-)
Datacenter stats: http://www.torservers.net/status/100624-sl.png
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 ...read more
Another day, another dollar
We have a new server in Australia!
I’ve been contacted by networkpresence.com.au, a nice ISP in Australia. They have donated a small server for running another Tor exit node with 1MB/s of traffic.
First nodes are online :-)
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.
anonymizer2.torservers.net (no web ...read more
You can now Flattr torservers.net
Update: 32MB/s, new Torstatus screenshot
Tor Exit Node Sponsorship - looking for partners
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 ...read more