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Block Tor exit nodes using iptables

Tor logoSo this evening I had to manually block 22 Tor exit nodes because they were running a denial of service attack on my server. Not my idea of a fun start of the weekend.

It turns out that the Tor project has a list of exit nodes that can reach a certain IP-address. Well, I can automate that…


if [[ -z "$1" ]]; then
	echo Usage: $0 "<your host's ip>"
	exit 1


for i in $(wget\?ip=$hostip -O- -q |\
		grep -E '^[[:digit:]]+(\.[[:digit:]]+){3}$'); do
	sudo iptables -A INPUT -s "$i" -j DROP

So now that server is blocking 700-ish Tor exit nodes. And I have a handy little script standing by to drop in at a moment’s notice to do the same task anywhere else.

Update 17 March 2015: the script is also downloadable on GitHub.