MIT Creates Untraceable Anonymous Messaging System Called Vuvuzela

MIT Creates Untraceable Anonymous Messaging System Called Vuvuzela

Scientists at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have created an anonymous messaging system, in the same category as Tor, I2P, and HORNET, which takes a different approach to relaying messages between two parties.

The system, dubbed Vuvuzela after the infamous plastic horn used at the FIFA Football World Cup Finals in South Africa 2010, is currently in its incipient stages, but security researchers are lauding its unique technique.

Unlike Tor, which hides messages with several layers of encryption for sending them through random servers on the Internet, Vuvuzela takes a different approach, one that uses less encryption, but a lot of dummy traffic.

Vuvuzela, as described by the four researchers who created it, takes messages they receive from a sender and stores them inside a memory address on one of its many interconnected servers, called mailboxes.

Vuvuzela relies on dummy traffic to hide the real connections

Before it’s decided where to store its content, the message goes through different servers, which send out dummy traffic to all interconnected users.

The server notifies the recipient that there’s a message for them, the user then goes to retrieve it, also passing through different mailboxes to get at the message’s location. When a connection is made through one of these mailboxes by a recipient searching for their message, each of these servers sends out dummy network packets on the network. READ MORE