Charter Communications Using Ad Replacer

A story in the New York Times tells us that Charter Communications (the United States’s fourth-largest cable company) is going to start tracking user behavior and using it to sell ads.  They spin this as a potential problem because of privacy implications — it means that the cable company is watching your web surfing so […]

anonymity, legal, society

Data Hiding at the Airport

According to the EFF blog, customs has taken to randomly searching electronic devices for suspicious data.  It is somewhat mysterious what they are searching them for — given only a few minutes and a technically unskilled border guard doing the searching, it’s hard to imagine them actually finding anything better hidden than a file on […]

attacks, crypto, legal, privacy, products, terrorism

Ad Replacers Let Dan Kaminsky RickRoll the Entire Web

I’ve talked before about ad replacers, where ISPs dynamically edit the contents of web traffic for their customers, replacing ads on web sites with ads of their own. This is a threat to the business model of the internet, as if done on a wide scale it would render small, advertiser-supported websites unable to support […]

attacks, legal, society

Surveillance and Ubiquity

HexView has an article about tracking vehicles with RFID tire pressure monitors. The devices are found in tires and transmit tire pressure to the engine control module, which sounds innocuous enough, but to prevent modules from reading neighboring cars’ tires by accident, they also transmit a unique ID. Thus, you can follow a car around […]

anonymity, hardware, legal, privacy, risk, society, terrorism

Ad Replacers and the Future of the Internet

A company named Phorm (formerly 121Media) has introduced a new product for ISPs.  The idea is that the ISP installs this product (basically a transparent proxy) on their network, and as their customers surf the web, the OIX  proxy replaces advertisements on web pages with advertisements on the Phorm network.  To make it more palatable, […]

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