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Comparison of Low-Latency Anonymous Communication Systems - Practical Usage and Performance
Ries, Thorsten; Panchenko, Andriy; State, Radu et al.
2011In Ninth Australasian Information Security Conference
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Abstract :
[en] The most popular system for providing practical low-latency anonymity on the Internet is Tor. However, many other tools besides Tor exist as both free and commercial solutions. In this paper, we consider five most popular low-latency anonymisation services that represent the current state of the art: single-hop proxies (Perfect Privacy and free proxies) and Onion Routing based solutions (Tor, I2P, and Jon-Donym). We assess their usability and rank them in regard to their anonymity. We also assess their efficiency and reliability. To this end, we define a set of metrics and present extensive measurements based on round-trip time, inter-packet delay variation and throughput. Apart from the technical realization, economic aspects are also crucial for anonymous communication systems. In order to attract more users, which is mandatory in order to improve anonymity per se, systems need to exhibit a certain payoff. We therefore define an economic model that takes all relevant aspects into consideration. In this paper, we describe the results obtained, lessons learned, and provide guidance for selecting the most appropriate system with respect to a set of requirements.
Disciplines :
Computer science
Identifiers :
UNILU:UL-CONFERENCE-2011-151
Author, co-author :
Ries, Thorsten ;  University of Luxembourg > Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SNT)
Panchenko, Andriy ;  University of Luxembourg > Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SNT)
State, Radu  ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication (FSTC)
Engel, Thomas ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication (FSTC) > Computer Science and Communications Research Unit (CSC)
Language :
English
Title :
Comparison of Low-Latency Anonymous Communication Systems - Practical Usage and Performance
Publication date :
2011
Event name :
Ninth Australasian Information Security Conference (AISC)
Event place :
Perth, Australia
Event date :
from 17-01-2011 to 21-01-2011
Audience :
International
Main work title :
Ninth Australasian Information Security Conference
Publisher :
ACS
ISBN/EAN :
978-1-920682-96-5
Collection name :
Volume 116
Pages :
77-86
Peer reviewed :
Peer reviewed
Commentary :
116 <br />Australasian Information Security Conference (AISC 2011)
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