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Selective Cross Correlation in Passive Timing Analysis Attacks against Low-Latency Mixes

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Selective Cross Correlation in Passive Timing Analysis Attacks against Low-Latency Mixes
A mix is a communication proxy that hides the relationship between incoming and outgoing messages. Routing traffic through a path of mixes is a powerful tool for providing privacy. When mixes are used for interactive communication, such as VoIP and web browsing, attackers can undermine user privacy by observing timing information along the path. Mixes can prevent these attacks by inserting dummy packets (cover traffic) to obfuscate timing information in each stream. A recently proposed defense called adaptive padding makes cover traffic more effective by ensuring that statistically unusual gaps between packets are partially filled in with dummy packets. In this work, we propose Selective Cross Correlation (SCC), an attack that an eavesdropper could employ to de-anonymize users despite the use of adaptive padding. The main insight of our approach is that, with the defense, the timings at one end of the stream are effectively a subset of the timings at the other end of the stream. By con...
Titus Abraham, Matthew Wright
Added 11 Feb 2011
Updated 11 Feb 2011
Type Journal
Year 2010
Where GLOBECOM
Authors Titus Abraham, Matthew Wright
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