81% of Tor Users Can be Easily Unmasked By Analysing Router Information

Hi friends,
Tor has always been a tough target for law enforcement for years and FBI has spent millions of dollars to de-anonymize the identity of Tor users, but a latest research suggests that more than 81% of Tor clients can be "de-anonymised" by exploiting the traffic analysis software ‘Netflow’ technology that Cisco has built into its router protocols.
NetFlow is a network protocol designed to collect and monitor network traffic. It exchanged data in network flows, which can correspond to TCP connections or other IP packets sharing common characteristics, such UDP packets sharing source and destination IP addresses, port numbers, and other information.
The research was conducted for six years by professor Sambuddho Chakravarty, a former researcher at Columbia University’s Network Security Lab and now researching Network Anonymity and Privacy at the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology in Delhi. 
 
 



  Chakravarty’s research on traffic analysis doesn't need hundreds of millions of dollars in expense, neither it needed infrastructural efforts that the NSA put into their FoxAcid Tor redirects, however it benefits from running one or more high-bandwidth, high-performance, high-uptime Tor relays.

Just few days ago, US and European authorities announced the seizure of 27 different websites as part of a much larger operation called Operation Onymous, which led to take-down of more than "410 hidden domains" that sell illegal goods and services from drugs to murder-for-hire assassins by masking their identities using the Tor encryption network.

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