For a long time I am running a TOR relay on my home fiber Internet connection on which in torrc the ExitPolicy is set to reject *:*.

Since a while on the https://metrics.torproject.org/ website my relay is also listed to be an Entry Guard.

Two questions.

  1. Whenever I take a look at http://iknowwhatyoudownload.com/ I regularly see illegal downloads listed besides all legal torrents I am seeding. Is it possible that because I am running an Entry Guard, my IP address is somehow identified as the host downloading the torrent? I was thinking that maybe a bittorrent client reports its current IP address to the tracker, which in case TOR is used, maybe is the IP address of the Entry Guard? Or do I need to check with my housemates if they have anything to do with this.

  2. In order to validate whether this is the case I thought of temporarily disabling my server being an Entry Guard. However, when checking the configuration/manual/StackOverflow, I cannot identify any setting which makes it possible to disable this. Is there such setting so my server literally only runs a relay and not also an Entry Guard?

  • Checking your roommates is probably your best option. I don't think that a Guard relay IP address is ever leaked externally when a client uses it. An exit, yes. And on Bittorrent even your private IP could leak. – Martin Jul 30 '19 at 10:32

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