Thursday, November 29, 2007

EFF proves Comcast Interferes with Your Internet Traffic

The EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) has released two new reports that once again prove prove that Comcast is actively interfering with their customers' BitTorrent traffic (and not only.)
They have now released the some procedures for you to check if your ISP does the same.
I don't even need procedures for mine - I'm already sure they do!
In addition to providing evidence of network interference, the EFF study also explains how Comcast's selective degradation of BitTorrent traffic undermines future Internet innovation. "The Internet has enabled a cascade of innovations precisely because any programmer--whether employed by a huge corporation, a startup, or tinkering at home for fun--has been able to create new protocols and applications that operate over TCP/IP, without having to obtain permission from anyone," the EFF wrote. "Comcast's recent moves threaten to create a situation in which innovators may need to obtain permission and assistance from an ISP in order to guarantee that their protocols will operate correctly. By arbitrarily using RST packets in a manner at odds with TCP/IP standards, Comcast threatens to Balkanize the open standards that are the foundation of the Internet."

The EFF also published a second report (PDF), which provides detailed technical instructions explaining how to use Wireshark to reproduce their study and test for ISP packet injection.


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