Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Improving anonymity networks via end-to-end design
by Viecco, Camilo Hernan, Ph.D., Indiana University, 2011, 140; 3509948
Abstract (Summary)

On the Internet, link-resistant communication is only possible through the use of anonymous communication systems. Since the late 1990's many anonymous communication systems have been designed and deployed for use on the Internet. However, the performance of these systems is very low. In particular for the Tor network, the current state of the art anonymity system, latency of communications is not only high but also highly variable.

In this thesis we argue that current anonymity systems, as implemented, unnecessarily sacrifice performance for anonymity. By implementing subtle changes to the system architecture, it is possible to achieve anonymous communication in addition to good performance. We demonstrate, via implementation and measurements, that by using end-to-end design principles in anonymity systems it is possible to implement many desired anonymity properties while significantly increasing network performance.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Camp, Linda J.
Commitee: Fox, Geoofrey, Syverson, Paul, Wallace, Steve
School: Indiana University
Department: Informatics
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-B 73/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Computer science
Keywords: Anonymity, Anonymity networks, End-to-end design, Onion routing, Performance
Publication Number: 3509948
ISBN: 9781267370242
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