[Freedombox-discuss] Keeping the noise level up to avoid traffic analysis?

Dan Ballance tzewang.dorje at gmail.com
Mon Aug 19 20:34:01 UTC 2013

Thanks for the interesting discussions guys!

Would this idea work with Tor? Or would it not require Tor at all? Or would
it not matter if Tor was used or not?

On 19 August 2013 20:23, Petter Reinholdtsen <pere at hungry.com> wrote:

> [Bob Mottram]
> > It's a reasonable enough idea and worth a try so long as the amount of
> > decoy traffic isn't too high.  However, the threat model for this case
> > is sophisticated data mining on the traffic graph, and over a time
> > series such techniques may be able to filter out predictable user
> > patterns from background noise.
> This is not the only threat model I had in mind.  It is known that some
> network monitoring actors pay special attention to everyone visiting
> some web pages, and by sharing URLs we can make sure "everyone" visit
> "every" page visited by someone, making sure those tracking visits to
> some web pages get a lot of noise.  We also make sure the value of any
> legal proof of "this machine own by this person visited these pages"
> become a lot smaller.
> > One way to try to counter that might be to build decoy personas whose
> > fictitious web browsing activity has the same degree of statistical
> > predictability/variance as the real user.  It would be tricky to
> > implement, but perhaps not impossible.
> Well, it really should impersonate some other user too. :)
> --
> Happy hacking
> Petter Reinholdtsen
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