The Tor Project has explained its contempo accommodation to abolish assorted arrangement relays that represented a blackmail to the assurance and aegis of all Tor arrangement users.
Tor arrangement relays are acquisition credibility that advice anonymize the aboriginal cartage antecedent through the Tor arrangement by accepting and casual on encrypted abstracts to the abutting node.
They are operated by volunteers and enthusiasts amorous about privacy, security, anonymity, and abandon of advice on the internet.
However, Tor Project apparent that some broadcast operators engaged in a high-risk, for-profit cryptocurrency arrangement that promised budgetary assets with cryptocurrency tokens after endorsement or approval of The Tor Project.
"We accede these relays to be adverse to the Tor arrangement for a cardinal of reasons, including that assertive of the relays do not accommodated our requirements, and that such banking schemes present a cogent blackmail to the network's candor and the acceptability of our activity as they can allure individuals with awful intent, put users at risk, or agitate the volunteer-driven spirit that sustains the Tor Community." - Tor Project
Many of the operators whose relays were disconnected put themselves at accident by not actuality acquainted of the activity they were accidental to. Others were active the relays in alarming or high-risk regions.
Removing the relays from the arrangement sparked abounding discussions in the association about broadcast behavior and what constitutes a violation, so the Tor aggregation afford some ablaze about their decision.
Operating relays for accumulation goes adjoin the noble-spirited assumption of volunteers angry internet censorship and common surveillance, which sustains and admiral the community.
If the "for-profit" aspect is to booty calibration and absorb a ample allotment of the Tor network's relays, ability from the association would abatement into arguable hands, and the network's assurance would be debilitated by invasive centralization.
BleepingComputer has contacted The Tor Project for added capacity about the removed relays and the risks they airish to the arrangement but did not accept a reply.
Meanwhile, a user commenting beneath Tor's column claims that the blocked relays are affiliated to ATor (AirTor), and their cardinal is nearly a thousand. However, this advice is not confirmed.
According to the service's site, "ATOR empowers decentralized internet broadcast operators through on-chain rewards, and facilitates added accouterment of accessible and bearding protocols through hardware."