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

Richard Barnes
Bruce Schneier
Cullen Jennings
Ted Hardie
Brian Trammel
Christian Huitema
Daniel Borkman
IETF RFCs, Internet Engineering Task Force (2015), pp. 24


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.