Why we are going to block Tor IPs
tl;dr: Nothing ever good comes out of Tor.
We are going to block Tor IP addresses from signup, login, and search starting on July 5, 2020. Our reasons are rooted in:
- Tor Hidden Services Are a Failed Technology, Harming Children, Dissidents and Journalists. Read this blog post by lawfare.
- According to our own investigation, Tor hidden services are full of spam websites.
- Tor exit nodes are known to snoop on user’s traffic, try to decrypt it where they can and mine it.
- The Tor network is more often than not used as proxy for hacking, spam and fraud. This is unwanted traffic. According to CloudFlare “94% of requests that we see across the Tor network are per se malicious”.
We have published the code that we use to detect Tor IPs as open source: https://github.com/IntelligenceX/ip2tor