Skip to content
Back to outputs

The darknet's smaller than we thought: the life cycle of Tor Hidden Services

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Standard

The darknet's smaller than we thought: the life cycle of Tor Hidden Services. / Owenson, Gareth; Cortes, Sarah; Lewman, Andrew.

In: Digital Investigation, 12.09.2018.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Harvard

APA

Owenson, G., Cortes, S., & Lewman, A. (Accepted/In press). The darknet's smaller than we thought: the life cycle of Tor Hidden Services. Digital Investigation.

Vancouver

Owenson G, Cortes S, Lewman A. The darknet's smaller than we thought: the life cycle of Tor Hidden Services. Digital Investigation. 2018 Sep 12.

Author

Owenson, Gareth ; Cortes, Sarah ; Lewman, Andrew. / The darknet's smaller than we thought: the life cycle of Tor Hidden Services. In: Digital Investigation. 2018.

Bibtex

@article{864849b3b8ae4feba66c98e5df9def6e,
title = "The darknet's smaller than we thought: the life cycle of Tor Hidden Services",
abstract = "The Tor Darknet is a pseudo-anonymous place to host content online frequently used by criminals to sell narcotics and to distribute illicit material. Many studies have attempted to estimate the size of the darknet, but this paper will show that previous estimates on size are inaccurate due to hidden service lifecycle. The first examination of its kind will be presented on the differences between short lived and long-lived hidden services. Finally, in light of a new Tor protocol for the darknet which will prevent the running of relays to learning darknet sites, an analysis is presented of the use of crawling and whether this is an effective mechanism to discover sites for law enforcement.",
author = "Gareth Owenson and Sarah Cortes and Andrew Lewman",
note = "12 month embargo",
year = "2018",
month = "9",
day = "12",
language = "English",
journal = "Digital Investigation",
issn = "1742-2876",
publisher = "Elsevier Limited",

}

RIS

TY - JOUR

T1 - The darknet's smaller than we thought: the life cycle of Tor Hidden Services

AU - Owenson, Gareth

AU - Cortes, Sarah

AU - Lewman, Andrew

N1 - 12 month embargo

PY - 2018/9/12

Y1 - 2018/9/12

N2 - The Tor Darknet is a pseudo-anonymous place to host content online frequently used by criminals to sell narcotics and to distribute illicit material. Many studies have attempted to estimate the size of the darknet, but this paper will show that previous estimates on size are inaccurate due to hidden service lifecycle. The first examination of its kind will be presented on the differences between short lived and long-lived hidden services. Finally, in light of a new Tor protocol for the darknet which will prevent the running of relays to learning darknet sites, an analysis is presented of the use of crawling and whether this is an effective mechanism to discover sites for law enforcement.

AB - The Tor Darknet is a pseudo-anonymous place to host content online frequently used by criminals to sell narcotics and to distribute illicit material. Many studies have attempted to estimate the size of the darknet, but this paper will show that previous estimates on size are inaccurate due to hidden service lifecycle. The first examination of its kind will be presented on the differences between short lived and long-lived hidden services. Finally, in light of a new Tor protocol for the darknet which will prevent the running of relays to learning darknet sites, an analysis is presented of the use of crawling and whether this is an effective mechanism to discover sites for law enforcement.

M3 - Article

JO - Digital Investigation

T2 - Digital Investigation

JF - Digital Investigation

SN - 1742-2876

ER -

ID: 11491237