Dutch researchers claim creating impossible to shut down bittorent network
In their pursuit of unbounded information sharing, researchers at Delft University of Technology have released BitTorrent client called Tribler.
The research team considers Tribler an attack-resilient and censorship-resilient infrastructure for publishing that will protect Internet freedom.
Despite of how swiftly was The Pirate Bay disrupted by law enforcement and the news of recent investigative successes in cases involving TOR-protected activities, the Dutch team lays a claim that their network will be impossible to shut down thanks to a robust BitTorrent client that does not rely on central servers.
Their anonymous and decentralized BitTorrent network is designed to stay alive, even in the event that all torrent search engines, indexes and trackers are pulled offline.
The anonymity feature of Tribler relies on a built-in Tor-like onion routing network with end-to-end encryption that hides who is seeding or sharing files.
Tribler’s decentralization is based on the capability to search for files through other peers instead of a central server, which means it doesn’t rely on tracker the way other file sharing networks do.