Why are they hiding? Study of an anonymous file sharing system

Mathieu Cunche*, Mohamed Ali Kaafar, Jiefeng Chen, Roksana Boreli, Anirban Mahanti

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Abstract

This paper characterizes a recently proposed anonymous file sharing system, OneSwarm. This characterisation is based on measurement of several aspects of the OneSwarm system such as the nature of the shared and searched content and the geolocation and number of users. Our findings indicate that, as opposed to common belief, there is no significant difference in downloaded content between this system and the classical BitTorrent ecosystem. We also found that a majority of users appears to be located in countries where anti-piracy laws have been recently adopted and enforced (France, Sweden and U.S). Finally, we evaluate the level of privacy provided by OneSwarm, and show that, although the system has strong overall privacy, a collusion attack could potentially identify content providers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE 1st AESS European Conference on Satellite Telecommunications, ESTEL 2012
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings
Place of PublicationPiscataway
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781467346887
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event2012 IEEE 1st AESS European Conference on Satellite Telecommunications, ESTEL 2012 - Rome, Italy
Duration: 2 Oct 20125 Oct 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2012 IEEE 1st AESS European Conference on Satellite Telecommunications, ESTEL 2012

Conference

Conference2012 IEEE 1st AESS European Conference on Satellite Telecommunications, ESTEL 2012
CountryItaly
CityRome
Period2/10/125/10/12

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