Torrent Client Tribler used parts Tor for anonymous downloads




Researchers at TU Delft have Tribler 6.3 released. The torrent client uses components of the Tor anonymization protocol that it needs to be to download. Anonymously In the future should also be a seeder, anonymously via bittorrent.

Under the leadership of dr. Johan Pouwelse a team of researchers working at TU Delft for over nine years on Tribler, an open source p2p client leaning on the bittorrent protocol. Tribler has focused on distributing video via p2p technology, allowing video streams can be. Previewed downloading the last few years Among other Popcorn Time application in recent months, many a stir, using this technology. Tribler also worked on indexing and search capabilities.

Pouwelse and his team have themselves with the release of version 6.3 of Tribler, which was released Tuesday, focusing on another innovation: making it possible to download via bittorrent networks data anonymous. Up to now, BitTorrent users easy to trace, because IP addresses are not masked. However, the makers of Tribler 6.3 state that make the implementation of parts of the Tor anonymizing protocol combined with bittorrent its implementation is possible to download anonymously.

The anonymity protocol Tribler 6.3 makes use of several intermediate stations in the form of proxies. A bittorrent downloader, torrent jargon in a ‘leecher’ called, makes contact with a first proxy that ensures that all data is encrypted and forwarded to another proxy. Data is using the UDP protocol after a link with a second and third time and again encrypted proxy, after which contact with the source, or the seeder is laid. According to the authors, the Tribler by the application of three layers and a plurality of proxy encryption layers virtually impossible to monitor. The data traffic from leech This is the downloader invisible.

The seeder is in this implementation still visible from parts of the Tor protocol Tribler but Pouwelse late Tweakers that his team is working on software code to also make it. participant in a torrent swarm anonymous This ultimately should be added so that the encryption layer should be to trace. Both downloaders and uploaders virtually impossible to torrent protocol an end-to-end

According Pouwelse is the implementation of parts of the Tor protocol by its development team designed such that the torrent traffic is not severely delayed: download speeds of several megabytes per second would be in test environments already been achieved, evokes Pouwelse users to help testing. The current test version allows the user already has a test file of 50MB parts . The regular Tor protocol does provide some degree of anonymity, but many users complain about slow connections when browsing due to a limited capacity of the anonymizing network. If torrent traffic is routed through Tor creates the same problem.

Should Tribler succeed to anonymize all bittorrent chain and the code is implemented, then the wide example for supervisors and copyright holders significantly more difficult to monitor the spread of potentially illegal content or counter. Moreover Tribler claims to have without any servers. ‘Uncompromising’ p2p architecture This will make it virtually impossible to eliminate. From such networks torrent in its entirety,


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