Running a Tor Exit Node for fun and e-mails

Running a Tor Exit Node for fun and e-mails by Antonios A. Chariton.

From the post:


To understand the logistics behind running a Tor Exit Node, I will tell you how I got to run my Tor Exit Node for over 8 months. Hopefully, during the process, some of your questions will be answered, and you’ll also learn some new things. Please note that this is my personal experience and I cannot guarantee it will be the same for you. Also, I must state that I have run other exit nodes in the past, as well as multiple non-exit relays and bridges.
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A great first person account on running a Tor Exit Node.

Some stats after 8 months:

  • It has been running for almost 8 months
  • It costs 4,90 EUR / month. In comparison, the same server in AWS would cost $1,122, or 992€ as of today
  • The total cost to date is 40€. In comparison, the same server in AWS would cost about 8,000€.
  • It is pushing up to 50 Mb/s, every second
  • It relayed over 70 TB of Tor traffic
  • It generated 2,729 Abuse E-Mails
  • It is only blocking port 25, and this to prevent spam
  • It helped hundreds or thousands of people to reach an uncensored Internet
  • It helped even more people browse the Internet anonymously and with privacy

If your not quite up to running an exit node, consider running a Tor relay node: Add Tor Nodes For 2 White Chocolate Mochas (Venti) Per Month.

Considering the bandwidth used by governments for immoral purposes, the observation:


Finally, just like with everything else, we have malicious users. Not necessarily highly skilled criminals, but people in general who (ab)use the anonymity that Tor provides to commit things they otherwise wouldn’t.

doesn’t trouble me.

As a general rule, highly skilled or not, criminals don’t carry out air strikes against hospitals and such.

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