Visible to the public Foggy: A New Anonymous Communication Architecture Based on Microservices

TitleFoggy: A New Anonymous Communication Architecture Based on Microservices
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsWei, Hanlin, Bai, Guangdong, Luo, Zongwei
Conference Name2020 25th International Conference on Engineering of Complex Computer Systems (ICECCS)
Keywordsanonymous communication, Computer architecture, data isolation, Information management, metadata, Metrics, microservices, Prototypes, pubcrawl, Resiliency, Safety, Scalability, service-oriented architecture, Testing, web cache, Web Caching
AbstractThis paper presents Foggy, an anonymous communication system focusing on providing users with anonymous web browsing. Foggy provides a microservice-based proxy for web browsing and other low-latency network activities without exposing users' metadata and browsed content to adversaries. It is designed with decentralized information management, web caching, and configurable service selection. Although Foggy seems to be more centralized compared with Tor, it gains an advantage in manageability while retaining anonymity. Foggy can be deployed by several agencies to become more decentralized. We prototype Foggy and test its performance. Our experiments show Foggy's low latency and deployability, demonstrating its potential to be a commercial solution for real-world deployment.
Citation Keywei_foggy_2020