Column: The Dangers of Deep Packet Inspection

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AFDozerman

Problem with VPNs and encryption is the speed penalties they incur, especially 256AES.

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preferreduser

Pastor Martin Niemöller wrote this while in a Nazi prison camp :

First they came for the socialists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.

Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.

he was freed from a nazi prizon in 1945 by the Allies
-Wikipedia-

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Eoraptor

nice eye catching title, in an article which tells the target audience nothing that they did not already know. in fact it's hardly informative at all. Nor does it chose for one moment to take a stand on the issue yea or nay. in fact, the author pays lip service towards consumer protection only once in the entire article, with a nebulous mention of legal proctions, without taking the provcative step f actually calling for them directly, or outlining what they ideally would entail.

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kerndaddy

she only has a little strip in the magazine, that's hardly enough space for great detail. and if you have followed her column, you would know that she ALWAYS stands for liberty. small as it is, it's one of my favorite parts of the magazine.

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PCWolf

I always feel like, Time Warner's watching meeeee!!! & I got no Privacy! oh o oh!

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jgottberg

lol, now that is a blast from the past :)

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The Mac

a little Rockwell (one of Barry Gordy's kids) and MJ...

nice...

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NavarWynn

It'd be all good if everything we download/view/surf was by default encrypted, then both Comcast, and BB could go deep packet on each other. But how much does it cost sites to implement that? How much does that slow down my pipe if I've got to undress each cat?

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Cregan89

That's exactly what SSL/TLS does. And yes it does incur a performance cost. The performance impact is quite negligible for most users, especially now that AES optimization is included in most ARM/x86 CPUs. That performance cost does add up for servers though.

Basically, if you go to a website and it starts with "http:", then you can assume that everything you download and upload to that site can be read cleanly over your network line. If it starts with "https:", then you can generally assume that all of the downloads and uploads are encrypted.

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trinimoses

interesting..lucky i dont live in the US or europe :)

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jgottberg

I hate to say it but... Where you live might actually be worse then. The evil you know is better than the evil you don't ;-)

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Bullwinkle J Moose

They won't need deep packet inspection for me

I tell these assholes exactly what I think of them

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lhatten

Yes but all of those porn sites you look at will come back to bite you. Pun intended!

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Bullwinkle J Moose

I don't see the humor

There are millions of illegal porn sites on the Internet that these creeps cannot seem to find or remove no matter how hard they look, yet they make secure/private means of communication illegal under the guise of "fighting illegal pornography" or DMC violations and think that they can watch everything "we" do on the Internet yet call everyone a criminal who does the same to "them"

F^%K that

It's time to take out the trash

Pun Intended!

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