William was raided for running a Tor exit node. Please help if

Joe Greco jgreco at ns.sol.net
Tue Dec 4 22:31:33 UTC 2012

> > Well, an ISP does do that, but so does an end user's network.  So if
> > I put a Tor node on an ethernet ("PHYSICAL infrastructure") and then
> > connect that to an ISP ("other PHYSICAL networks"), that doesn't make
> > for a real good way to differentiate between an ISP, a commercial ISP
> > customer who gets routed IP networks via BGP, or an end user who has
> > an ethernet behind a NAT gateway.
> I was speaking of TOR as a service. The service is not provided inherent of=
>  the infrastructure to pass packets. It's more similar to a tunneling proto=
> col service.

So if we can choose convenient definitions for the sake of discussing
the issue, this is a pointless discussion, because you'll use your
preferred definitions and I'll use mine, and we'll both be right by
that logic.

Tunnels and VPN's are a fact of life on the modern internet, though.
Those could be considered services.  Or they could be considered part
of the infrastructure.

>From my point of view, they're just a way to attach to the Internet in
order to gain specific characteristics (a secure pathway, or IPv6, or
whatever).  When you look at it like that, Tor looks suspiciously 
similar to that, in that it's just a way to attach to the Internet in
order to gain anonymity - a characteristic.  The traffic flows through
a Tor node in much the same way as traffic flows through a NAT gateway,
being modified a bit in the process.

> The person hosting the endpoint on their infrastructure would be the servic=
> e point and they are the ones acting as protector and as such should take o=
> n the responsibility as such. I can feel lawyers rubbing their hands togeth=
> er as I type.

You could say the same thing about Internet Service Providers.  But
ISP's have cried foul at that for years, and even got significant
protections embodied in law.

... JG
Joe Greco - sol.net Network Services - Milwaukee, WI - http://www.sol.net
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