The FBI’s apparent capability to unmask users of the Tor Network has caused hand-wringing among those concerned with privacy and civil liberties, many of whom are busy trying to win legal battles to get law enforcement to confess as to how they’re doing it.
A team of academics and researchers, however, have come up with a technique called selfrando they believe defends against such attacks.
The technique will be presented next month at the Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS) in Darmstadt, Germany, but according to the researchers, the Tor Project is already conducting field tests in hardened versions of the Tor Browser used for testing purposes.
The team of nine includes; Mauro Conti of the University of Padua, Stephen Crane and Andrei Homescu of Immunant, Tommaso Frassetto, Christopher Liebchen and Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi of the Technische Universität Darmstadt, Mike Perry and Georg Koppen of The Tor Project, and Per Larsen of the University of California, Irvine. They have already published a paper explaining their work titled “Selfrando: Securing the Tor Browser against De-anonymization Exploits.”