Why Is NY's AG Urging ISPs To Embrace Spyware Company?
The slippery slope down the deep packet inspection mountain...
This week we noted
that as part of New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's rather dubious
"crackdown," on ISPs and child porn, he advised ISPs to begin using a deep packet inspection solution from a company named Brilliant Digital. The technology would analyze user packets, comparing transmitted user data to a master database of illegal content. Techdirt
has an interesting follow up post on Brilliant Digital, and their history in the spyware business (you may recall them as the company that installed a stealth P2P network inside Kazaa
). The company also has an aggressive history on the patent front.
So we have an Australian spyware company that wants to scan every bit of traffic and identify it (even if it's encrypted), and it's being pushed by a US politician who has a history of trying to publicly shame companies into doing his bidding, even if it involves lying about them. And, the whole damn thing almost certainly violates the 4th Amendment.
Just another ordinary day on the Internets.
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Even if it's encrypted? How can this be?
... scan every bit of traffic and identify it (even if it's encrypted) ...How can patterns be matched against a database if the traffic is encrypted? The same data will look different based on the encryption keys used. No?
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Re: Even if it's encrypted? *sigh* here is a link to better article on the same matter: »www.dailytech.com/Australian+Tec···3224.htm and »www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27198621/ . atleast these go into a little depth (the dailytech one links to a 'whitepaper' on the copyrouter thing) on this matter. the whitepaper makes it sound like the only encryption that is broken is in gnuetella. the msnbc article makes it sound like the copyrouter is pulling off a man-in-the-middle attack. either way, i think it is wrong. companies and the government can mess with our encrypted traffic, but if we dare break the entertainment industry's encryption algorithm, we get sued into oblivion. i'm sure if i started doing man-in-the-middle attacks it would go over fine with my network manangers, ISP, and the government.
i'm thinking it is time to implement wide spread encryption. the algorithms are already well defined along with the process. just use RSA or DSA for key exchange and use an algorithm with high throughput (even DES would do if there is enough traffic and the key is changed often enough). i'd love to seem them break RSA and AES-256 in real time.
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you have nothing to fear but its for the children!! and national security*. if you oppose this you are either a terrorist or a paedophile.
pick one. you are all disgusting. There is no reason why law abiding people should fear this unless they are doing something wrong. The world will be a better place if everything was known. Then there would be no crime and you wouldnt need guns. Btw, guns are for savages.
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Cuomo is a pathetic loser compared to Spitzer... ...and never be even half as smart as Spitzer was back as AG, despite his laughable hooker-gate and subsequent fall.
Cuomo is trying to act like he's doing something important so he can look like Spitzer but in reality he's painfully clueless, a typical mouthpiece with little or zero understanding on the issue, an empty suit, trying to collect some political capital with this artifical non-issue.
Nobody likes child porn etc but this is WAAAY beyond that and the most ridiculous thing is that this idiot Cuomo supposed to be the person who watches out for OUR RIGHTS which includes my rights to PRIVACY, the use of newsgroups, even for - God forbid - adult ponr if I see fit.
Hey, Cuomo, get lost - and by the way this move just made sure you'll never be a Gov or anyone like that here, in this state, moron.
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Waaaa waaaa waaaa. You just want what you want and don't care to factor in what is right or true. Your perspectives are un-American, and deserve far more ridicule than I'm prepared to pile on them.