Enhancing the privacy of web-based communication

Aleksandra Korolova, Ayman Farahat, Philippe Golle

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


A profiling adversary is an adversary whose goal is to classify a population of users into categories according to messages they exchange. This adversary models the most common privacy threat against web based communication.We propose a new encryption scheme, called stealth encryption, that protects users from profiling attacks by concealing the semantic content of plaintext while preserving its grammatical structure and other non-semantic linguistic features, such as word frequency distribution. Given English plaintext, stealth encryption produces ciphertext that cannot efficiently be distinguished from normal English text (our techniques apply to other languages as well).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication14th International World Wide Web Conference, WWW2005
Number of pages2
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event14th International World Wide Web Conference, WWW2005 - Chiba, Japan
Duration: May 10 2005May 14 2005

Publication series

Name14th International World Wide Web Conference, WWW2005


Other14th International World Wide Web Conference, WWW2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Software


  • Privacy
  • Profiling
  • Protection


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