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Re: [tor-talk] Many more Tor users in the past week?

On Tue, Sep 03, 2013 at 11:06:54PM -0700, Asa Rossoff wrote:
> Timeline through August 31

Hi Asa,

Thanks for the timeline! Here are a few notes.

> * February, a dramatic, roughly ten-fold decrease in Syrian directly
> connnecting Tor users.

This was a censoring event I believe. The vanilla Tor TLS handshake
has been unreliable from inside Syria for much of 2013. Users are much
happier using obfs2 or obfs3, and we don't have much in the way of stats
for those yet.

> * August 13, Report that PirateBrowser had reached more than 100,000 direct
> downloads, had 5,000 seeds on its major torrent, and was continuing to
> average "well over 1,000 downloads per hour".

For comparison, Tor sees 40+ million downloads of TBB a year from its
website. So careful jumping to conclusions about how many Pirate Browser
users there are based on how many downloads they counted. :)


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