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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > IP Address No Longer Enough To Accuse

IP Address No Longer Enough To Accuse

IP Address No Longer Enough To Accuse

Added: Saturday, September 3rd, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Tor is known widely today as a project helping Internet users stay anonymous online by using a network of virtual tunnels. There’s an important term in the scheme: Tor’s exit relay, which is actually the last computer the system’s traffic uses before reaching its destination, and it can be easily mistaken as the source of the traffic.


A few months ago, representatives of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) obtained and executed a search warrant which based on an IP address. The address in question traced them to Mr. King’s house, because he was running an exit relay. Within the search warrant, 6 hard drives of his computer were seized to serve evidence to this criminal investigation.

However, EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) was quick to contact ICE and explain the agents and prove that the accused individual was just running an exit relay. After this the seized hard drives were safely returned to their owner. Electronic Frontier Foundation also sent a letter to ICE, which confirmed that no information was held from the hard drives. In addition, the agency admitted that Mr. King wasn’t a subject of interest in the investigation any longer. This turned the situation into an embarrassing position, for both the law enforcement and the relay operator. The latter, by the way, should have been more careful in the future.

Electronic Frontier Foundation explained on their official site that an IP address doesn’t necessarily identify an individual as a criminal. Instead, it’s just a unique address for any device connected to the web. In most cases the IP address would only identify a router used by a number of PCs to stay online. Meanwhile, in some cases a personal router can lead to the real person using it. However, this is rare. EFF also explained that when an IP address is traced back to a router connecting a number of computers, it can’t be associated with a specific individual. Especially when you remember that botnets and malware are also able to create false leads.

As for Tor, the law enforcement has the way to avoid pursuing the wrong targets: they can check the alleged IP addresses against publicly available lists of exit relays. Moreover, Tor Project even offers help to law enforcement agencies to set up their own systems allowing to query IP addresses, which would undoubtedly save time and effort from their part.

If you are using exit relays at home, it is recommended to operate in a commercial facility, as well as set up a reverse DNS for the IP identifying your PC as an exit relay.

September 3rd,2011

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Date:  Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

Comments (5) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2011-09-03 14:52:21)
Rockman avatarIf you are using exit relays at home, it is recommended to operate in a commercial facility, as well as set up a reverse DNS for the IP identifying your PC as an exit relay.

ok hum how does one do this and does that protect us from MPAA etc and do i understand that TOR works with the cops so that begs the question what good is tor then ? ?

posted by (2011-09-03 20:44:20)
bazzer1234 avatarwell tor is always good for hiring a hitman .when the misses is annoying you haha .
great thread as usual sam.
sounds like they want us to give some one a butty .a commercial facility.what a joke

posted by Blocked (2011-09-03 21:00:16)
No avatarwell rockman i would use the VPN i sent a link to you in PM soem days ago tor imo arent that good

posted by Blocked (2011-09-04 19:52:20)
No avataralso its not gonna be like that in each contry

posted by (2011-09-06 22:33:44)
eddieestes avatarIp addresses have never been enough.
If your really worried use a motorola sb modem with Haxorware you can change your mac to someone elese
along with tmac to change your nic mac addresson your pc plus a dhcp sniffer and your set.
Lots of people have proably been falsely accused because up this method.

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