This is a Tor Exit Router

For further information, please contact Jeff Loughlin (jeff@jloughlin.net), who maintains and manages this site. If you are accessing this website because you had some issue with the traffic coming from this IP address, please be aware that this server is part of the Tor Anonymity Network, which is dedicated to providing privacy to people who need it most.

How Tor works

Tor sees use by many important segments of the population, including whistle blowers, journalists, Chinese dissidents skirting the Great Firewall and oppressive censorship, abuse victims, stalker targets, the US military, and law enforcement, just to name a few. While Tor is not designed for malicious computer users, it is true that they can use the network for malicious ends. In reality however, the actual amount of abuse is quite low. This is largely because criminals and hackers have significantly better access to privacy and anonymity than do the regular users whom they prey upon. Criminals can and do build, sell, and trade far larger and more powerful networks than Tor on a daily basis. Thus, in the mind of this operator, the social need for easily accessible censorship-resistant private, anonymous communication trumps the risk of unskilled bad actors, who are almost always more easily uncovered by traditional police work than by extensive monitoring and surveillance anyway.

In terms of applicable law, the best way to understand Tor is to consider it a network of routers operating as common carriers, much like the Internet backbone. However, unlike the Internet backbone routers, Tor routers explicitly do not contain identifiable routing information about the source of a packet, and no single Tor node can determine both the origin and destination of a given transmission.

As such, there is little the operator of this router can do to help you track the connection further. This router maintains no logs of any Tor traffic, so there is little that can be done to trace either legitimate or illegitimate traffic (or to filter one from the other).

It should be clear at this point that traffic with an originating IP address pointing back to this server or to the jloughlin.net domain should NOT be reason to assume the operator of this machine is responsible for that traffic. Most professional agencies are aware of Tor and how it works, and understand this dissociation. However, this operator has on a few occasions been accused of illicit activity by (well-meaning, but misinformed) webmasters and others who have made that assumption after seeing traffic in their logs or elsewhere pointing back to this IP address. Before contacting this operator with such accusations, please read the above information again. If you still have questions, please contact me and I'll be happy to help you understand how Tor works.

If you are a representative of a company who feels that this router is being used to violate the DMCA, please be aware that this machine does not host or contain any illegal content. Also be aware that network infrastructure maintainers are not liable for the type of content that passes over their equipment, in accordance with DMCA "safe harbor" provisions. In other words, you will have just as much luck sending a takedown notice to the Internet backbone providers. Please consult EFF's prepared response for more information on this matter.

For more information, please consult the following documentation:

  1. Tor Overview
  2. Tor Abuse FAQ
  3. Tor Legal FAQ

That being said, if you still have a complaint about this server, you may email Jeff Loughlin. If complaints are related to a particular service that is being abused, I will consider removing that service from my exit policy, which would prevent my router from allowing that traffic to exit through it. I can only do this on an IP+destination port basis, however. Common P2P ports are already blocked.

You also have the option of blocking this IP address and others on the Tor network if you so desire. The Tor project provides a web service to fetch a list of all IP addresses of Tor exit nodes that allow exiting to a specified IP:port combination, and an official DNSRBL is also available to determine if a given IP address is actually a Tor exit server. Please be considerate when using these options. It would be unfortunate to deny all Tor users access to your site indefinitely simply because of a few bad apples.



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