Safety of the Tor network: a look at network diversity, relay operators, and malicious relays presented at DEFCON 2013

by Runa a. Sandvik,

Summary : Rumor has it that the Tor network is a CIA honeypot, that all relays are malicious, and that only bad people use Tor to do bad things online. How much of this is true? How much can we say about the safety of the network?
The safety of the Tor network has been a much discussed topic ever since the onion routing network was deployed in September 2002. This talk aims to answer the following questions: (1) How much diversity does the network really have?, (2) Who runs the relays in the Tor network?, and (3) What is being done about malicious relays?