Researchers Build Anonymous, Browser-Based 'Darknet'
Jun 16, 2009, 21:01 (0 Talkback[s])
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" A pair of researchers has discovered a way to use modern
browsers to more easily build darknets -- those underground,
private Internet communities where users can share content and
ideas securely and anonymously.
"Billy Hoffman, manager for HP Security Labs at HP Software, and
Matt Wood, senior security researcher in HP's Web Security Research
Group, will demonstrate a proof-of-concept for Veiled, a new type
of darknet, at the Black Hat USA conference in Las Vegas next
month. Darknets, themselves, are nothing new; networks like Tor,
FreeNet, and Gnutella are well-established. The HP researchers say
Veiled is the same idea, only much simpler: It doesn't require any
software to participate, just an HTML 5-based browser. "We've
implemented a simple, new darknet in the browser," Wood says.
"There are no supporting [software] programs."