Traffic peeking
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INTERNET-DRAFT                                              S. Moonesamy
Intended Status: Informational                                          
Expires: June 8, 2014                                   December 5, 2013

                            Traffic peeking 
                   draft-moonesamy-traffic-peeking-01

Abstract

   In June 2013, a news article revealed that the National Security
   Agency obtained direct access to the systems of several service
   providers from the United States through an undisclosed surveillance
   programme called PRISM.  This document discusses about traffic
   peeking.  

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Table of Contents

   1. Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
   2. Background  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
   3. Traffic peeking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
     3.1. Encrypting traffic  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
   4. Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
   5. Conclusion  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
   6. IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
   7. References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
     7.1.  Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
   Appendix A: IETF Protocols without encryption  . . . . . . . . . .  6
   Appendix B: Wiretapping  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
   Appendix C: Lawful Interception  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
   Appendix D: Implementation of the Dual Elliptic Curve DRBG . . . .  8
   Author's Addresses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  8

 

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1. Acknowledgements

   The author would like to thank Iain Ross Learmonth for his comments.

2. Background

   In June 2013, a news article [Guar1] revealed that the National
   Security Agency obtained direct access to the systems of several
   service providers from the United States through an undisclosed
   surveillance programme called PRISM [Guar2].  The surveillance
   programme intercepted traffic flowing through communication links
   used throughout the world.  According to a news article published in
   October 2013, the National Security Agency had also been wiretapping
   traffic flowing between the datacenters used by Google and Yahoo
   [Wash1].

   In 2007, Dan Shumow and Niels Ferguson discussed about the
   possibility of a backdoor in a Dual Elliptic Curve  pseudorandom
   number generator [Rump] (see Appendix D for more information). In
   September, 2013, the National Institute of Standards and Technology
   reported that concern has been expressed about the Dual Elliptic
   Curve Deterministic Random Bit Generation (Dual_EC_DRBG) algorithm
   published in one of its standards (SP 800-90/90A) [NIST]. 

3. Traffic peeking

   RFC 1958 [RFC1958] states that "it is highly desirable that Internet
   carriers protect the privacy and authenticity of all traffic, but
   this is not a requirement of the architecture.  "Tussle in
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