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Onion services require seven hops because it is important that nobody, not even the rendezvous point, is able to deanonymise either the client or service, even in the presence of adversaries controlling any one point. The three-hops-from-client-to-service design you hypothesise cannot, by currently-known methods, be made secure for both client and service ...


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It is inevitable that there will be some adversarial hosts in a network like Tor. Nation state actors, security researchers and others are running hosts with a variety of motives, but often with the primary goal of de-anonymizing either specific persons or just anyone. In a network of N intermediaries where your connection goes through M hosts, there is a 1/...


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