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(FWD) Re: BitTorrent - can it be blocked?

[Forwarding because Mr. Remailer is not subscribed to the list. -RD]

Paul, can you think about changing your Tor howto so it emphasizes
that we don't want this much bittorrent traffic going over Tor right
now? Anonymous trackers seem fine in terms of load, but arbitrary numbers
of people free-loading off our bandwidth isn't something we're a big
enough network to handle yet.


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Subject: Re: BitTorrent - can it be blocked?
Cc: Paul Gardner <parg@users.sourceforge.net>
Date: Wed,  8 Dec 2004 13:42:05 +0100 (CET)

Paul Gardner wrote:

> PS. blocking BT isn't that easy as the standard ports are being used less
> and less (particularly the data ones as some ISPs are apparently throttling
> the 6881->6889 range)

Too bad.  Right now the BT folks are a major resource hog.  They (ab)use
Tor to route amounts of traffic that it can't handle.  Tor is about
anonymous communication, not about anonymous file sharing.  I for one
would love to be able to not carry their traffic.  I don't run Tor for
them, they just cost me lots of money - more than all the rest together
so far I bet.  If only they just went away.

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