Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Stupid tor trick.

I use BitTorrent to get *cough* stuff from the network, but I'm frequently browsing BitTorrent sites from computers other than the one I use for the downloading.

As it happens, that computer also runs a web server, so I wrote myself a little CGI script that accepts a URL and a password. It fetches the URL (via tor), checks that it's a torrent, and puts it in a directory that Azureus checks periodically for new torrents.

As a result, all my torrent browsing and fetching is anonymous. Someone (i.e., my ISP) monitoring my torrent usage would see what I was getting but not how I found it. As a special bonus, getting things through BitTorrent is a lot easier than it was before.
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