Project Maelstrom: Forensic Analysis of the BitTorrent-Powered Browser

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Title: Project Maelstrom: Forensic Analysis of the BitTorrent-Powered Browser
Authors: Farina, Jason
Kechadi, Tahar
Scanlon, Mark
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Date: Sep-2015
Online since: 2015-12-22T16:21:35Z
Abstract: In April 2015, BitTorrent Inc. released their distributed peer-to-peer powered browser, Project Maelstrom, into public beta. The browser facilitates a new alternative website distribution paradigm to the traditional HTTP-based, client-server model. This decentralised web is powered by each of the visitors accessing each Maelstrom hosted website. Each user shares their copy of the websites source code and multimedia content with new visitors. As a result, a Maelstrom hosted website cannot be taken offline by law enforcement or any other parties. Due to this open distribution model, a number of interesting censorship, security and privacy considerations are raised. This paper explores the application, its protocol, sharing Maelstrom content and its new visitor powered 'web-hosting' paradigm.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Association of Digital Forensics, Security and Law
Journal: Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law
Volume: 10
Issue: 4
Start page: 115
End page: 124
Copyright (published version): 2015 ADFSL
Keywords: Project MaelstromBitTorrentDecentralised webAlternative webBrowser forensics
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Computer Science Research Collection
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