August 05, 2011

ISPs Accused of Wiretapping to Redirect Search Queries

I'm in the process of catching up on a number of significant stories I was unable to post over the last few days. Please bear with me as I drain the queue as rapidly as possible.

New Scientist reported yesterday regarding an array of ISPs who are accused of hijacking unencrypted subscriber Internet traffic to redirect search queries -- triggering a class action lawsuit and undoubtedly other reactive measures as well.

New Scientist didn't call this wiretapping -- but I will. That's what I consider such abuse of Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) mechanisms to be when applied to unencrypted Internet connections in these contexts.

Regular readers know that I've been talking about this area of concern for years. Rather than rerun the discussion today, here's a listing of a few postings that reflect on related issues, all from my blog:

Google Hijacked -- Major ISP to Intercept and Modify Web Pages (8 Dec 2007)

ISP Wiretapping: FCC, FTC, and Congress Need to Act Now! (13 May 2008)

ISP Accused of "Hijacking" Google Search Queries and Subscribers' DNS (10 April 2010)

Déjà Vu: ISP Hijacking Google (and Other) Pages for Ads Via DPI - "Deep Packet Interference" (28 Feb 2011)

And so on ...

More on this later.


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