Tom Higgins tomhiggins at gmail.com
Thu Jun 5 17:00:56 PDT 2008

As if there was not enough reasons to use paranoidlinux on your


"An internal British Telecom report on a secret trial of an ISP
eavesdropping and advertising technology found that the system crashed some
unsuspecting users' browsers, and a small percentage of the 18,000 broadband
customers under surveillance believed they'd been infected with adware.

The January 2007
-- published Thursday by the whistle blowing site Wikileaks --
demonstrates the  hazards broadband customers face when an ISP tampers with
raw internet traffic for its own profit. The leak comes just weeks after
U.S. broadband provider Charter Communications told users it would be testing
a technology similar<http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/05/charter-to-inse.html>to
what's described in the BT document.

The report documents BT's partnership with U.K. ad company Phorm, which
specializes in building profiles of ISP customers, then serving targeted ads
on webpages the user visits.

>From late September to early October 2006, British Telecom secretly
partnered with Phorm to let the company monitor and track 18,000 of the BT's
customers. Phorm installed boxes on BT's network that redirected web
requests through their proxy server.

Those boxes inserted JavaScript code into every web page downloaded by the
users. That script then reported back to Phorm the contents of the web page,
which Phorm used to create ad profiles of a user. Additionally, Phorm
purchased advertising space on prominent web sites, showing a default ad for
a charity. But when a user who had previously looked at car sites visited
one of those pages, he instead got an advertisement for car insurance."

-tom(and yea, there is a real world paranoidlinux project out there...but
tor is not the whole answer)higgins

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