Masters Thesis

Voyager: Tracking Via a Click

Attribution, the ability to match events on the Internet to actors who caused them, is a difficult problem in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics. The Internet was not designed to track behavior of users. In fact, being an easy to access and open platform, it is often thought of as synonymous with anonymity. When actors attempt to take advantage of this anonymity to break the law, it is up to law enforcement to track them down, in a way that can potentially hold up in a court of law. This is no easy feat though, and the odds are stacked against them. In this paper a tool is presented, called Voyager, based on the idea of a tracking pixel, meant to help investigators with problem attribution.