"Super nodes" in Tor

Chenglong Li, Yibo Xue, Yingfei Dong, Dongsheng Wang
2011 Proceedings of the 27th Annual Computer Security Applications Conference on - ACSAC '11  
Tor (the second generation onion routing) is arguably the most popular low-latency anonymous communication system now. In this paper, we reexamine the anonymity of Tor based on our observation of "super nodes". These nodes are more available and reliable than other nodes and provide high bandwidth for assisting the system in both performance and stability. We first confirm their existence by analyzing the life cycles of node IP addresses and node bandwidth contributions via two correlation
more » ... aches, on a set of self-collected data and a set of real data from the Tor official collection. We then analyze the effect of super nodes on the anonymity of Tor, discuss attacks that exploit such knowledge, and verify our analysis with real data to show potential damages. Furthermore, we investigate new attacks that exploit the knowledge of super nodes. Our simulation results show that these attacks can greatly damage the anonymity of Tor.
doi:10.1145/2076732.2076763 dblp:conf/acsac/LiXDW11 fatcat:4gf3cjthvreshb7wkypqcctnlu