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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.

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