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An Assessment of Current Attacks on Anonymous Networks

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Date Published
May 2012
51 pages

This thesis identifies mechanisms that law enforcement can utilize to track cyber criminals who use anonymous internet networks.


Anonymous networks are important for maintaining one’s privacy on the internet; however, these networks can be used for both good and bad. While a humanitarian worker may use one to spread the word about atrocities committed by an oppressive regime, a person with malicious intent might use it to compromise a system anonymously. To this extent, it is important for law enforcement to understand anonymous networks and how they can be countered in a criminal investigation. Many attacks against networks such as Tor already exist. Some of these attacks require resources inaccessible to the average investigator. (Published abstract provided)

Date Published: May 1, 2012