Opened 4 months ago

Closed 3 weeks ago

#24669 closed task (fixed)

Investigate what's causing the amazing 1/2 million increase in the number of German direct users

Reported by: cypherpunks Owned by: metrics-team
Priority: Medium Milestone:
Component: Metrics/Analysis Version:
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Description

https://metrics.torproject.org/userstats-relay-country.png

https://metrics.torproject.org/userstats-relay-country.html?graph=userstats-relay-country&country=de

Germany was experiencing a significant increase in users months earlier.

Maybe people trying out the Tor Browser for privacy reasons after hearing about the Mozilla fiasco related to that "Mr. Robot" addon that was installed on everyone's browser? (Mozilla apologized for it: https://blog.mozilla.org/firefox/update-looking-glass-add/ You can read about the whole fiasco here: https://www.ghacks.net/2017/12/16/firefox-looking-glass-extension-what-it-is/ )

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Change History (2)

comment:1 Changed 4 months ago by cypherpunks

Forget about the explanation above, as it happened way before that fiasco happened :)

comment:2 Changed 3 weeks ago by irl

Resolution: fixed
Status: newclosed

On 2018-03-05 (see doc/MetricsTimeline): "Steady drop in the number of relay users in Germany, from 1.5M to 650k. (Drop coincides with the release of tor 0.3.2.10, 0.3.1.10, and 0.2.9.15, which offer better resistance against DoS attacks)"

That these clients were part of the DoS attack, and dropped off when mitigations for the attack were shipped, is the best we currently have for explanation.

If anyone has more to add, or thinks there is a way we can investigate this further, please reopen the ticket.

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