The Tor Project is tapping Amazon's EC2 cloud service to make it easier for volunteers to donate bandwidth to the anonymity network. Developers with the project have released preconfigured Tor Cloud images that volunteers can use to quickly deploy bridges that allow users to access the service. The new system is designed to …
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Since it wasn't exactly emphasized in this article, I wanted to point out that this is specifically about bridge relays. Hosting normal Tor relays "in the cloud" wouldn't be an especially good plan. Since the systems relies on having relays all over the world to make tracing users harder, hosting a whole bunch with one company would not be too useful.
But bridge relays have a different purpose, they are semi-secret access points to the Tor network for people who are otherwise blocked from accessing it. People in repressive countries for example.
Are Amazon going to be happy about
hosting some of the seriously depraved shit that is lurking in the dark corners of the Tor network...
If you're running it on the cloud, there's less risk of the police or secret police coming to your house and stealing^W taking your computers as evidence?
If they find you as a user
They might just take any pcs in your property anyway if things got dirty