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Abstract—Tor is the most popular volunteer-based anonymity network consisting of over 3000 volunteer-operated relays. Apart from making connections to servers hard to trace to their origin it can also provide receiver privacy for Internet services through a feature called “hidden services”.In this paper we expose ﬂaws both in the design and implementation of Tor’s hidden services that allow an attacker to measure the popularity of arbitrary hidden services, take down hidden services and deanonymize hidden services.
We give a practical evaluation of our techniques by studying: (1) a recent case of a botnet using Tor hidden services for commandand control channels; (2) Silk Road, a hidden service used tosell drugs and other contraband; (3) the hidden service of theDuckDuckGo search engine.
Keywords-Tor; anonymity network; privacy; hidden services
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