Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 15th Mar 2012 22:06 UTC
Legal "If you download potentially copyrighted software, videos or music, your Internet service provider has been watching, and they're coming for you. Specifically, they're coming for you on Thursday, July 12. That's the date when the nation's largest ISPs will all voluntarily implement a new anti-piracy plan that will engage network operators in the largest digital spying scheme in history, and see some users' bandwidth completely cut off until they sign an agreement saying they will not download copyrighted materials." One day, years from now, historians are going to debate whether this was the point of no return.
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RE: Comment by darkcoder
by Alfman on Sat 17th Mar 2012 03:56 UTC in reply to "Comment by darkcoder"
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"How many clients AT&T have with Internet access, like a million? Now imaging sniffing packets of a million accounts every day. You will need some supercomputers just for that. So NO, Packet sniffing IS NOT GONNA HAPPEND."

I don't know the real scoop, but technically they could snoop only a subset of users at any given time. Current network equipment can already do deep packet inspection on a per packet basis, depending on what they're looking for they might simply flag certain packets in real time for additional analysis.

It's just speculation but I believe the way these things will work is that ISPs will be given a watch list of signatures to look for. Network routers are already designed to do data lookups very quickly anyways, looking for blacklisted hashes might not be that much different. If the device is fed from a splice of the network, it can dedicate all it's resources to the blacklist.

I don't know how things will play out, but I wouldn't rule out the technology to do it.

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