Katzenpost

“An especially problematic excision of the political is the marginalization within the cryptographic community of the secure-messaging problem, an instance of which was the problem addressed by David Chaum. Secure-messaging is the most fundamental privacy problem in cryptography: how can parties communicate in such a way that nobody knows who said what. More than a decade after the problem was introduced, Rackoff and Simon would comment on the near-absence of attention being paid to the it.” (Phillip Rogaway, The Moral Character of Cryptographic Work)
Katzenpost Overview

Goals

  • to prevent a sufficiently global passive adversary from learning who is communicating with whom
  • to detect active attacks against the network infrastructure
  • hide message content from participating providers, hide recipient identity from the sender’s provider, and the sender identity from the recipient’s provider
  • reliable out of order delivery
  • support for various “message based” use cases like ‘instant messaging’, ‘e-mail’, and ‘crypto currency’ anonymization

Non-Goals

  • to hide the sender identity from the final recipient

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Grant Agreement No 653497, Privacy and Accountability in Networks via Optimized Randomized Mix-nets (Panoramix)”.