Another Tor noob

Discussion in 'privacy technology' started by zerog, May 11, 2011.

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  1. zerog

    zerog Registered Member

    May 11, 2011

    Sorry if this has come up before, but I can't find any satisfactory answer.

    When I first start Tor, where does it get the list of nodes I can connect to? I believe it may be stored centrally, but I don't really understand half of the documentation. If I run a node but only when I am also using Tor as a client, how would other people know to connect to me and to stop connecting when I turn it off?

    Related to this, if my ISP is malicious, could they possibly serve me a list of "nodes" which are running Tor but controlled by them? Or could they spoof the IPs of nodes that I am connecting to and spy on my browsing that way?

    Thanks for any help or if you can point to a doc that explains this stuff simply.
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