Saturday July 25, 2015

HORNET Is A Better, Faster Tor

A newly proposed anonymizing network architecture aims to solve Tor's biggest issue: lackluster speeds. Also based on onion routing, HORNET is capable of moving anonymized Internet traffic at speeds of up to 93 gigabits per second.

Like Tor, HORNET encrypts encapsulated network requests in "onions"---with each layer being decrypted by each node passing the traffic along to retrieve instructions on where to next send the data. But HORNET uses two different onion protocols for protecting anonymity of requests to the open internet and a modified version of Tor's "rendezvous point" negotiation for communication with a site concealed within the HORNET network.