The DARPA (Advanced Defense Research Projects Agency) is at the origin of many innovative and useful technologies such as Unix, GPS, Tor, etc. The agency generally uses the technologies required by the US military or can help it. But sometimes, DARPA also makes some innovative technologies available to citizens.
DARPA is Making an Anonymous Mobile Communication System
According to an information document on Dr. Joshua Baron’s supporters’ day, DARPA is working on an anonymous, end-to-end, hacker-proof mobile communication system. This system, called RACE, can reside completely in a congested network environment.
What is RACE?
Anonymous resilient communication for all, or RACE, will use cryptography and confusing communications to create an anonymous, attack-resistant mobile communication system. The RACE project will be implemented using encryption and protocol integration techniques to avoid large-scale targeting.
DARPA plans to integrate RACE into Android mobile applications for messaging and software applications for system nodes. The agency has even highlighted (see image below) the security properties of the RACE technology. In addition, DARPA will explore the possibilities of using RACE to handle Denial of Service (DoS) attacks.
After development, the RACE prototype will be tested on 1,000 users using 1,000 servers. According to DARPA, the outgoing client-server connection will have a bandwidth of 500 Kbps, while the server-to-server connection could reach 10 Mbps.
If you have doubts about the use, RACE will be useful in the anonymous mail service, in anonymous cryptocurrency transactions, etc.
If you take a closer look, you can say that DARPA is again trying to build something like Tor, which is even undetectable when you use a deep, real-time, packet-based inspection. If the government and other companies ensure the success of this technology, it would be an important step towards protecting the privacy of millions of users.
Speaking of a recent report, DARPA is also working on a $ 10 million open source secure voting system. The agency has partnered with Galois, an Oregon-based cybersecurity firm, to develop the system and immunize investigations against hacking methods. The two companies will also publish the source code online and will hold several pencil test sessions on prototypes during the Challenge-vote held in 2019 this year.
So what do you think of the DARPA RACE project? Tell me in the comments section below.