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This can only mean one Thing! Injection!

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Today, supergrobi explains how a connection to a tracker should NOT look like! You ever wondered why it seems that our tracker answers your announce requests with an RST packet thus destroying your connection? Think again! It is your ISP who tries to kill your connection without admitting it to save bandwidth for which you [...] update

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

We don’t know if the people read this blog or got word through other channels, because our mail to them bounced, but they stopped using our tracker! Anyway, we appreciate this decision! We wish them the best with their own tracker and thanks for all the phish!

Friday, January 26th, 2007

Today we noticed a huge grow of numbers in our monitoring graphs. Until today we had about 200 actual announces per second and served about 220.000 peers. Those numbers jumped to 570 announces/sec and we started serving 480.000 peers. What happened? After some debugging and an anonymous tip we found out that the guys at [...]

Bad swarm behavior

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

When using such young software as opentracker you have to find and squash bugs, this unfortunatly involves restarting the tracker and a somewhat short period of downtime. This not only creates an ICMP unreachable packet for every connection a client would have made to the tracker but also results in an effect called “bad swam [...]


Sunday, January 21st, 2007

Surely you have seen Weird Al Yankovich making fun of Rambo movies, where dozens of villains were standing on the top of a hill, firing rounds after rounds and still being shot – one after another by our dear Al. You might argue that a bittorrent tracker does not actually seek to kill its clients, [...]

How it all started

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

So how does it happen that you suddenly own a tracker on wich thousands of clients fire requests like there is no tomorrow? Of course, we started with a small tracker (two years ago with the original python code) on a dyndns managed homerouter. It all went well, some friends used it for fast sharing [...]

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