[funsec] Leaked Report: ISP Secretly Added Spy Code To Web Sessions, Crashing Browsers
Richard M. Smith
rms at computerbytesman.com
Fri Jun 6 08:19:40 CDT 2008
Leaked Report: ISP Secretly Added Spy Code To Web Sessions, Crashing
By Ryan Singel <mailto:ryan at ryansingel.net> EmailJune 05, 2008 | 5:43:36 PM
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 <http://www.wikileaks.org/leak/bt-phorm-report-2007.pdf> 2007
report (.pdf) -- 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 <http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/05/charter-to-inse.html>
technology similar 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.
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