Java Anon Proxy


Java Anon Proxy

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name = Java Anon Proxy



caption = Screenshot of JAP
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latest_release_version = 00.10.003
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latest_preview_version = 00.10.004
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operating_system = Cross-platform
programming_language = Java
genre = proxy server
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website = [https://www.jondos.de/en/ www.jondos.de/en/] , http://anon.inf.tu-dresden.de/index_en.html]

Java Anon Proxy, also known as Java Anonymous Proxy, JAP Anon Proxy, JAP or JonDonym, is a proxy system designed to allow browsing the Web with revocable pseudonymity. [ [http://anon.inf.tu-dresden.de/publications/index_en.html Privacy-friendly law enforcement] 2006] It is based in Germany and was originally developed as part of an ongoing project of the Technische Universität Dresden, the Universität Regensburg and Privacy Commissioner of Schleswig-Holstein. Written in the Java programming language.

Cross-platform, free, it sends requests through a cascade and mixes the data streams of multiple users in order to further obfuscate the data to outsiders.

JAP is available for all platforms that support Java.

Design

The JAP client program allows the user to choose among several Mix Cascades (i.e. a group of anonymization proxies) offered by independent organisations. Users may choose by themselves whom of these operators they will trust, and whom they won't. This is different from peer-to-peer based anonymity networks like Tor (anonymity network) and I2P, whose anonymisation proxies are anonymous themselves, which means the users have to rely on unknown proxy operators.

The speed and availability of the service depends on the operators of the Mixes in the cascades, and therefore varies. More users on a cascade improve anonymity, but a large number of users might diminish the speed and bandwidth available for a single user.

Cost, name change and commercial service

Use of JAP has been (and is still) free but since financial backing of the original research project has run out, on June 22nd 2007, a startup from the original project team members was founded as Jondos GmbH. Jondos GmbH has overtaken development and goes ahead to work on an improved blocking resistance function that makes it easier for users from restrictive countries to get a connection to the system. To cover costs of running mix cascades and increase speed as well as anonymity, Jondos and further Internet firms launched the pay-version of JAP.

As a consequence the JAP client has been renamed to JonDo and the service itself from AN.ON to JonDonym. [ [https://www.jondos.de/en/press#launch JonDonym press release] 2007] The JonDonym network around Jondos GmbH now provides powerful mix cascades leading to much higher speed compared to the free JAP mix servers. JonDonym mix cascades mostly are driven by international widely distributed internet SMEs and mix cascades always include three mix servers for advanced security. As contractors of Jondos GmbH mix operators must ensure sufficient capacity regarding uplink and processors. This enables web browsing at standard DSL speed while the same time anonymity gets increased. Cost free Cascades are still in operation although they don't offer very low latency, multiple Mixes per Cascade or guaranteed bandwidth as the commercial ones.

Privacy

The online activities of the user can be revealed if all Mixes of a cascade work together by keeping log files and correlating their logs. [ [https://www.jondos.de/en/faq#6n1275] Frequently Asked Questions | JonDos GmbH] However, all Mix operators have to sign a voluntary commitment not to keep such logs, and for any observer it is difficult to infiltrate all operators in a long cascade.

In 2003, the German BKA [ [http://lists.netsys.com/pipermail/full-disclosure/2003-August/009108.html netsys huh] ] [ [http://www.datenschutzzentrum.de/material/themen/presse/anonip_e.htm AN.ON still guarantees anonymity] 19. August 2003] obtained a warrant to force the Dresden Mix operators to log access to a specific web address and to introduce a crime detection function in the server software making this possible. Coincidentally (at the same time, but for other reasons), a mandatory update for the JAP client software was released. This led to reports in Internet media about a backdoor [ [http://www.securityfocus.com/news/6779 Net anonymity service back-doored] 2003-08-21] directly built into the client, although JAP itself never had any kind of backdoor. The additional feature that was added to the Mix server code enables operators to revoke anonymity if they all work together and recompile their software. This is completely covered by the AN.ON threat model and not a security leak by itself. Currently, further research is being done by AN.ON to make this functionality more privacy-friendly. [ [http://anon.inf.tu-dresden.de/publications/index_en.html Privacy-friendly law enforcement] 2006]

As a reaction to the threat from local authorities, the system has spread internationally. If the Mixes of a cascade are spread over several countries, the law enforcement agencies of all these countries would have to work together to reveal someone's identity.

Since May 2005, JAP can also be used as a client for the Tor and since 2006 also for the Mixminion network. [ [https://www.jondos.de/en/help/services.html] Hilfe services.html | JonDos GmbH] These features are still in an early stage and only available in the beta version of the software.

See also

*Anonymous P2P
*Anonymous remailer
*Internet privacy
*Mixmaster

References

External links

* [https://www.jondos.de/en/ JonDonym home page]
* [http://anon.inf.tu-dresden.de/index_en.html AN.ON Project home page]
* [http://www.free-space.at/flenda/html/saw7m_en.html Guide On How To Set Up JAP easily and fast: "Surfing Anonymously within 7 Minutes"]


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