The Association of Digital Forensics, Security and Law (ADFSL)
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 website;s 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.
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Farina, Jason; Kechadi, M-Tahar; and Scanlon, Mark
"Project Maelstrom: Forensic Analysis of the BitTorrent-Powered Browser,"
Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law: Vol. 10
, Article 10.
Available at: http://commons.erau.edu/jdfsl/vol10/iss4/10