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Real world patterns of failure in anonymity systems

Clayton, R; Danezis, G; Kuhn, MG; (2001) Real world patterns of failure in anonymity systems. In: (pp. pp. 230-245).

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2001. We present attacks on the anonymity and pseudonymity provided by a "lonely hearts" dating service and by the HushMail encrypted email system. We move on to discuss some generic attacks upon anonymous systems based on the engineering reality of these systems rather than the theoretical foundations on which they are based. However, for less sophisticated users it is social engineering attacks, owing nothing to computer science, that pose the biggest day-to-day danger. This practical experience then permits a start to be made on developing a security policy model for pseudonymous communications.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Real world patterns of failure in anonymity systems
ISBN: 3540427333
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1422759
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