Exposing Invisible Timing-Based Traffic Watermarks With BACKLIT

Traffic watermarking is an important element in many network security and privacy applications, such as tracing botnet C&C communications and deanonymizing peer-to-peer VoIP calls. The state-of-the-art traffic watermarking schemes are usually based on packet timing information and they are notoriously difficult to detect. In this paper, the authors show for the first time that even the most sophisticated timing-based watermarking schemes (e.g., RAINBOW and SWIRL) are not invisible by proposing a new detection system called BACKLIT.

Provided by: Association for Computing Machinery Topic: Security Date Added: Dec 2011 Format: PDF

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