While anonymity networks like Tor aim to protect the privacy of their users,
they are vulnerable to traffic analysis attacks such as Website Fingerprinting
(WF) and Flow Correlation (FC). Recent implementations of WF and FC attacks,
such as Tik-Tok and DeepCoFFEA, have shown that the attacks can be effectively
carried out, threatening user privacy. Consequently, there is a need for
effective traffic analysis defense.

There are a variety of existing defenses, but most are either ineffective,
incur high latency and bandwidth overhead, or require additional
infrastructure. As a result, we aim to design a traffic analysis defense that
is efficient and highly resistant to both WF and FC attacks. We propose
DeTorrent, which uses competing neural networks to generate and evaluate
traffic analysis defenses that insert ‘dummy’ traffic into real traffic flows.
DeTorrent operates with moderate overhead and without delaying traffic. In a
closed-world WF setting, it reduces an attacker’s accuracy by 60.5%, a
reduction 9.5% better than the next-best padding-only defense. Against the
state-of-the-art FC attacker, DeTorrent reduces the true positive rate for a
$10^{-4}$ false positive rate to about .30, which is less than half that of the
next-best defense. We also demonstrate DeTorrent’s practicality by deploying it
alongside the Tor network and find that it maintains its performance when
applied to live traffic.

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