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Confidentiality in the Face of Pervasive Surveillance: A Threat Model and Problem Statement (RFC7624)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000242821D
Original Publication Date: 2015-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2015-Aug-21
Document File: 48 page(s) / 62K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

R. Barnes: AUTHOR [+7]


Starting in June 2013, documents released to the press by Edward Snowden have revealed several operations undertaken by intelligence agencies to exploit Internet communications for intelligence purposes. These attacks were largely based on protocol vulnerabilities that were already known to exist. The attacks were nonetheless striking in their pervasive nature, in terms of both the volume of Internet traffic targeted and the diversity of attack techniques employed.

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Internet Architecture Board (IAB)                              R. Barnes Request for Comments: 7624                                   B. Schneier Category: Informational                                      C. Jennings ISSN: 2070-1721                                                T. Hardie                                                              B. Trammell                                                               C. Huitema                                                              D. Borkmann                                                              August 2015

          Confidentiality in the Face of Pervasive Surveillance:                   A Threat Model and Problem Statement


   Since the initial revelations of pervasive surveillance in 2013,    several classes of attacks on Internet communications have been    discovered.  In this document, we develop a threat model that    describes these attacks on Internet confidentiality.  We assume an    attacker that is interested in undetected, indiscriminate    eavesdropping.  The threat model is based on published, verified    attacks.

Status of This Memo

   This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is    published for informational purposes.

   This document is a product of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB)    and represents information that the IAB has deemed valuable to    provide for permanent record.  It represents the consensus of the    Internet Architecture Board (IAB).  Documents approved for    publication by the IAB are not a candidate for any level of Internet    Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 5741.

   Information about the current status of this document, any errata,    and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at    http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc7624.

Barnes, et al.                Informational                     [Page 1]
 RFC 7624              Confidentiality Threat Model           August 2015

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   Copyright (c) 2015 IETF Trust and the persons identified as the    document authors.  All rights reserved.

   This document is subject to BCP 78 and the IETF Trust's Legal    Provisions Relating to IETF Documents    (http://trustee.ietf.org/license-info) in effect on the date of    publication of this document.  Please review these documents    carefully, as they describe your rights and restrictions with respect    to this document.

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