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Raided for running a Tor exit - Accepting donations for legal expenses
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Raided for running a Tor exit - Accepting donations for legal expenses

WilliamWilliam Member, Provider
edited December 2012 in General

(More detailed informations can be found here: http://raided4tor.cryto.net/ in Dutch, German and English)
((partly censored for my own safety) Court order/search warrant can be found here: http://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Beschluss.png )

Yes, it happened to me now as well - Yesterday i got raided for someone sharing child pornography over one of my Tor exits.
I'm good so far, not in jail, but all my computers and hardware have been confiscated.
(20 computers, 100TB+ storage, My Tablets/Consoles/Phones)

If convicted i could face up to 10 years in jail (min. 6 years), of course i do not want that and i also want to try to set a legal base for running Tor exit nodes in Austria or even the EU.

Sadly we have nothing like the EFF here that could help me in this case by legal assistance, so i'm on my own and require a good lawyer.
Thus i'm accepting donations for my legal expenses which i expect to be around 5000-10000 EUR.
If you can i would appreciate if you could donate a bit (every amount helps, even the smallest) either by PayPal (any currency is ok):

My PayPal was limited - Please consider using Bitcoin or Bank transfer (or contact me for other methods) - i expect it to work again tommorow (Friday).
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Or by Bank Transfer (EUR only please):

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Or BitCoin:
1CPKAMtD4bcLrh8SRHfSxBBMmQQ5cqahPZ

I will try to pay them back when i'm out of this (or even before) but i can obviously not guarantee this, please keep this in mind.
This money will only be used for legal expenses related to this case.

If you have any questions or want to donate by another way (MoneyBookers, Webmoney, Bitcoin, Liberty Reserve, Neteller) feel free to send me a mail ([email protected]) or a PM, or contact me in LET IRC.

Thanks!
William

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Comments

  • @William

    Care if I bring attention to your cause?

  • AsadAsad Member
    edited November 2012

    Good luck, donated

  • WilliamWilliam Member, Provider

    @bamn said: Care if I bring attention to your cause?

    If you can, please.

  • IshaqIshaq Member, Provider

    Ouch, just ouch.. this sucks.. will it affect EDIS?

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  • joepie91joepie91 Member, Provider

    For what it's worth, might want to try contacting the Dutch organization Bits of Freedom. They may have some ideas.

  • bamnbamn Member
    edited November 2012

    @William said: If you can, please.

    Firing off emails as we speak and calling up the troops.

    LET, prepare to be Slashdotted :)

    http://slashdot.org/submission/2375957/austrian-man-raided-for-running-tor-node-exit

  • @bamn said: LET, prepare to be Slashdotted :)

    Isn't Slashdot, like, dead?

  • joepie91joepie91 Member, Provider

    @bamn said: LET, prepare to be Slashdotted :)

    Might want to wait for the topic to move to General first, if you were planning on linking to LET. Offtopic is only visible to registered users.

  • WilliamWilliam Member, Provider
    edited November 2012

    @Ishaq said: Ouch, just ouch.. this sucks.. will it affect EDIS?

    No, this only affects me personally.
    It has no influence on my job as well (unless i go to jail obviously) but i will have less time in future to provide help here at LET; IRC etc.)

    @joepie91 said: Might want to wait for the topic to move to General first, if you were planning on linking to LET. Offtopic is only visible to registered users.

    Done.

  • Will try my best as well, this sucks =/

    -- BOFH

  • The EFF may be able to help you find local resources to help you out. Good luck!

  • @gsrdgrdghd still working to inch out @kbeezie as my fan club President? Tip of the hat to you.

    @William get local media on the issue, will help to "verify" your claim to put in this situation and cause donations to pour in. Folks may be apprehensive at first but multiple local or even Austrian new sources will help

  • WilliamWilliam Member, Provider

    @NickM said: The EFF may be able to help you find local resources to help you out. Good luck!

    Sadly not, they have no contacts in Austria as this only seems to happen all few years here

    @bamn said: @William get local media on the issue, will help to "verify" your claim to put in this situation and cause donations to pour in. Folks may be apprehensive at first but multiple local or even Austrian new sources will help

    Will try.

  • IshaqIshaq Member, Provider
    edited November 2012

    Yea, try emailing [email protected]

    Edit: Nevermind.

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  • NyrNyr Member
    edited November 2012

    As a student, I don't have much spare money, but I only wanted let you know that I am very sorry for you and to thank you for being awesome taking that risk.

    As a fellow node operator, I wish you the best. Keep us updated, Will.

  • @william I'm sorry to hear that. Donation incoming...

    "Go cheap on rarely used things"

  • @William. All the best. Will do what can be done to help!

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  • Sorry to hear this @William,

    Can happen to the best of us, it's a shame there's no legal standpoint on Tor Exits. but then again, a law allowing such a thing could lead to exploitation of that law.

    Donated you 10E, even if it buys you some coffees, every little helps, right?

    Good luck and keep us informed.

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  • @William said: If convicted i could face up to 6 years in jail

    That's tough, man...Hoping for the best, Wil.

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  • erhwegesrgsrerhwegesrgsr Member
    edited November 2012

    @Ishaq said: Ouch, just ouch.. this sucks.. will it affect EDIS?

    Hosting a TOR exit isn't really smart when you run a company as TOR mostly attracts people like that indeed...
    Most providers don't allow public proxies for this reason...

  • jarjar Provider
    edited November 2012

    Not sure how I can help (car issues draining money to dangerously low levels) but I'm keeping my eyes open for any opportunity that arises. Moral support here for the moment, for what it's worth.

    "Note that Romania has laws agains all the illegal activities just like US, including copyright. Is not the Dracula's country or no man's land as you thought." - Random email from someone I don't know, about nothing I've done or said

  • Sent in a donation on behalf of IPXcore. All providers should consider sending in a donation, regardless of size or value, as William's ability to defend or not defend this will set a legal precedence in the EU on this issue.

  • @BronzeByte said: Hosting a TOR exit isn't really smart when you run a company as TOR mostly attracts people like that indeed...

    Wow dude, low blow. There is a time and place for commentary. Right now is not the time.

  • @bamn said: Right now is not the time.

    Yes it is...

  • @BronzeByte said: Yes it is...

    No its not.

    This?
  • jarjar Provider

    @HalfEatenPie said: No its not.

    Seconded. Don't kick a nice guy when he's down.

    "Note that Romania has laws agains all the illegal activities just like US, including copyright. Is not the Dracula's country or no man's land as you thought." - Random email from someone I don't know, about nothing I've done or said

  • @jarland said: Don't kick a nice guy when he's down.

    I didn't want to blame @william, would rather talk about how to prevent stuff like this.
    but ok, ill shut up then

  • jarjar Provider

    @BronzeByte said: would rather talk about how to prevent stuff like this.

    That's a great thread idea.

    "Note that Romania has laws agains all the illegal activities just like US, including copyright. Is not the Dracula's country or no man's land as you thought." - Random email from someone I don't know, about nothing I've done or said

  • @BronzeByte said: ill shut up then

    I like this more

    This?
  • erhwegesrgsrerhwegesrgsr Member
    edited November 2012

    @HalfEatenPie said: I like this more

    Watch out or I'll eat you, you damn pie, hehehe

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