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Cluster of Tor servers taken down in unexplained outage


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Posted 22 December 2014 - 03:01 PM

 

On Friday, a warning of a possible effort to hijack significant portions of the anonymizing Tor network was leaked to the Tor Project. And over the weekend, a cluster of servers in a Netherlands' data center that were used as Tor “exit nodes” and as mirrors for two Tor Project services were taken offline. However, it’s not clear who took the servers down or if law enforcement was involved.

Thomas White, an operator of a large cluster of servers providing an exit point for Tor traffic in the Netherlands, reported to a Tor news list that there was suspicious activity overnight on the servers. The servers, according to DNS data, were hosted in a data center in Rotterdam.

“I have now lost control of all servers under the ISP and my account has been suspended,” White wrote late on Sunday, December 21, in his first message on the takedown. “Having reviewed the last available information of the sensors, the chassis of the servers was opened and an unknown USB device was plugged in only 30-60 seconds before the connection was broken. From experience I know this trend of activity is similar to the protocol of sophisticated law enforcement who carry out a search and seizure of running servers.”

 

 

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Posted 23 December 2014 - 03:38 PM

 

Tor has been targeted once again, but this time at a much larger scale. A new attack on Tor network reportedly would either completely shut it down worldwide or turn it into evil network.
 
This time Tor – an internet browser which allows people to maintain their anonymity online by protecting their location – is warning its users of a cyber attack that quietly seized some of its network specialized servers called Directory Authorities (DA), the servers that help Tor clients to find Tor relays in the anonymous network service.
 
Tor network architecture relies on ten Directory Authorities whose information is hardcoded into Tor clients. These directory authorities are located in the Europe and United States, and maintain the signed list of all the verified exit relays of the Tor network, and according to experts, attack on these backbone servers can "incapacitate" the overall architecture of Tor.

 

 

Tor Network Is Under Attack through Directory Authority Servers Seizures

 

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