Researchers create anonymous high-speed network, the successor to TOR

Researchers create anonymous high-speed network, the successor to TOR

Researchers create anonymous high-speed network, the successor to TOR

HORNET can be the successor to TOR, an anonymous network that allows high speeds.

The TOR network allows us to navigate (more or less) safely and anonymously, but in the last year it has become clear that it is no longer up to it. Not only has its security been compromised on a couple of occasions, but it is very slow and desperate for many users.

Now scientists at the Zurich Polytechnic School have inspired by TOR to create HORNET, an anonymous network that solves many of your problems.

HORNET is the possible successor to TOR

HORNET (High-speed Onion Routing at the Network Layer) is, as its name suggests, a network that encrypts and mixes Internet traffic in different layers through various nodes arranged around the world.

In this sense it is the same as TOR, and the idea is the same: that our traffic jumps from one node to another until in the end it is not known where he has come from. However, this same idea is what gives TOR that slowness, since the speed depends largely on the number of nodes and users on the network.

To fix this, HORNET makes the intermediate nodes through which the data pass before reaching its destination do not save the session state, neither the encryption keys nor the route information. Instead, it is the end nodes that take care of that.

With more free intermediate nodes, which only have to receive the data and transmit it to the next node, a clear increase in speed is expected; investigators claim they got the nodes processed anonymous traffic at 93 Gb / s.

However, HORNET also raises some doubts, especially when it comes to security. And it is that the study has not yet passed the peer review and therefore no one other than the research team has tested it; it is not clear how it would behave in real situations with the traffic that users of this type of networks get.

In spite of everything, HORNET can serve to move things in a more necessary sector than ever.