Private Messaging Resistant to Traffic Analysis

VUVUZELA

Vuvuzela is a messaging system that protects the privacy of message contents and message metadata. Users communicating through Vuvuzela do not reveal who they are talking to, even in the presence of powerful nation-state adversaries.

Vuvuzela is the first system that provides strong metadata privacy while scaling to millions of users. Previous systems that hide metadata using Tor (such as Pond) are prone to traffic analysis attacks. Systems that encrypt metadata using techniques like DC-nets and PIR don’t scale beyond thousands of users.

Vuvuzela uses efficient cryptography (NaCl) to hide as much metadata as possible and adds noise to metadata that can’t be encrypted efficiently. This approach provides less privacy than encrypting all of the metadata, but it enables Vuvuzela to support millions of users. Nonetheless, Vuvuzela adds enough noise to thwart adversaries like the NSA and guarantees differential privacy for users’ metadata.

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https://github.com/davidlazar/vuvuzela

see also:

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https://pdos.csail.mit.edu/papers/vuvuzela-slides:sosp15.pdf

https://davidlazar.org/papers/vuvuzela.pdf

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