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Re: [tor-talk] Analyzing the (little) spike in relays on 2015-04-01 (Family@Choopa LLC)



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> by looking at https://metrics.torproject.org/platforms.html 
> https://metrics.torproject.org/versions.html I noticed a little
> spike in relays at the beginning of the month (actually I was
> visiting metrics to see if some ticket made progress ;)
> 
> On 2015-04-01 someone (it was likely a single entity) signed up 20 
> exits @ Choopa LLC. If you go back in time on that AS you find
> similar events. So this potential entity might run 40 exits. If you
> condense all properties and do not restrict your search to the 
> Choopa AS (AS20473) the potential operator likely runs 55 exits.
> 
> Fun part: Maxmind had no AS info on some IPs (4) that are also part
> of AS20473, so they got filtered out in the first result set where
> I only looked into AS20473 (40 relays), but these relays found
> there way back into the result set (55 relays) on the next
> iteration due to other similarities. So I'm pretty confident in the
> linkability of these exit relays.
> 
> Details: 
> https://raw.githubusercontent.com/nusenu/misc-files/master/finding_the
_hidden_choopa_family.txt
>
> 
> 
> Common properties: (ordered from more to less significant
> property)
> 
> - *last_restarted* - first_seen (in groups) - DirPort (auto) -
> Nickname (not matching put similar naming style) - exit policy - no
> declared family - ORPort - two instances per IP - no contactInfo -
> tor version

Four days after I send this email the dirport changed on almost all
the listed relays from auto (quite unique property) to 0
(probably after the operator read this email)


also relevant for this thread
https://lists.torproject.org/pipermail/tor-talk/2015-April/037549.html


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