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Software to detect if your ISP is tampering with your Internet connection

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has released software that will help users determine whether their Net connection is being tampered with by their service provider.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has released software that will help users determine whether their Net connection is being tampered with by their service provider.

An excerpt from Associated Press:

"People have all sorts of problems, and they don't know whether to attribute that to some sort of misconfiguration, or deliberate behavior by the ISP," said Seth Schoen, a staff technologist with EFF.

The new software compares lists of data packets sent and received by two different computers and looks for discrepancies between what one sent and the other actually received. Previously, the process had to be done manually.

ISPs tampering with network users' connection to crack down on P2P (peer-to-peer) file sharing has been a major issue this year. Last month, the Associated Press in a nation-wide test confirmed that ISPs like Comcast use protocol-level inspections to detect and kill P2P traffic.

Dubbed as the Test Your ISP Project, EFF is developing software tools to let users test their own broadband connections.

Procedures to observe data packets to check for tampering are available here ( thanks bwilmot@ !)

More information:

EFF software keeps tab on ISPs (Inquirer)

EFF strikes back against ISP interference (WebProNews)

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