Is your ISP interfering with your downloading and your bandwidth? If you are legitimately using a torrent service, is your ISP interfering with your connections by doing some peer-to-peer busting? Or, maybe, is your ISP is limiting or even disconnecting your VoIP calls, such as if you use Vonage, or even Skype? How would you know? By using Switzerland, the new Net Neutrality-sniffing program from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).
Starting some time early this morning, it appears that all images hosted by Craigslist are unavailable. Moreover, it seems that the problem is not localized, but happening all over the United States. The problem is that the server which Craigslist uses to host its images – images.craigslist.org – is unreachable.
More ISPs are jumping on the bandwagon, banning Usenet access to all alt. Usenet newsgroups, in an effort to keep users from Usenet access to Usenet groups which are known to traffic in illegal content, such as Usenet binaries depicting children in illegal acts. So far the ISP-banned newsgroups list includes Verizon newsgroups, AOL newsgroups, and Sprint newsgroups (and some have said Comcast newsgroups, although we can’t confirm that) with more on the way. (If you are asking yourself “What is a newsgroup?” or “What is Usenet?”, Usenet newsgroups (sometimes mistakenly called “Usenet usegroups”) were the precursor to today’s web-based forums; many people now know them as “Google groups”, but they can also be accessed through any number of other servers and programs.)
The way in which some of the US’ largest ISPs handle domain name typos, monetizing them through Barefruit, has opened a vulnerability that if exploited by phishers and hackers could be an open and unfettered conduit for the injection of their malicious payloads onto the Internet. Reported late last week by Dan Kaminsky, this particular security hole has been patched. The fundamental danger, though, remains.
A new hack has Wordpress hackers disabling all of your Wordpress plugins (including, you see, Akismet or any other anti-spam comment spam stopper plugin), which then allows them to inject comment spam into your blog at will. So if you suddenly find yourself getting an enormous amount of comment spam all at once, or if you suddenly find your blog pages coming up blank (because with your plugins disabled, that often can be the case) you may be the victim of this latest plugin-disabling comment spam hack.
Following complaints about police officer safety based on concerns that the policeman (policeperson?) rating site ratemycop.com (that’s Rate-My-Cop .com, get it?) posed a danger to law enforcement personnel because it outed the full roster, including names and badge numbers, of police officers at nearly 500 police departments around the country (to the tune of some 140,000 police officers), RateMyCop’s host – GoDaddy – unceremoniously and without warning pulled the plug on the site. So who is in the wrong here? To quote that famous Buffalo Springfield song, we say nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong.
A few days ago we reported that a third and fourth undersea telecom Internet cable had been cut, following the initial disruptions caused by damage to two underwater cables that had been blamed on anchors dropping on the cables, plunging millions of people in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the Middle East, into Internet darkness. Now the plot thickens as a fifth undersea Internet cable outage is reported, and Iran is taken offline. Total users affected so far by the outages exceeds 80million.
As a third and then fourth submarine Internet cable are cut, further disrupting power to India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Egypt, Iran, Qatar, and other Middle East countries, officials admit that the cuts to the undersea cables have not been caused by poorly dropped anchors, but deny that the cable cuts are the result of malicious activity.
Verizon Wireless is subsituting its own search engine – complete with ads which earn revenue for Verizon – even overriding their users’ own preferences – whenever a user of Verizon’s fiber optic Internet service (FiOS) mistypes a domain name. The “feature”, as Verizon refers to it, is known as Verizon’s “Advanced Web Search” (although their technical name for it, which we just love, is “DNS Assistance”).
The lawsuit against Yahoo over the jailing of two Chinese journalist whom they helped the government of China to identify has been settled, after Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang met with the families of the two journalists. In a rush of pollyanic* optimism, their lawyer says “It’s no longer possible for a corporation to say ‘We were just following orders’.”
“Reach out, reach out and muzzle someone.” If you’re of a certain age, you’ll remember the “reach out and touch someone,” slogan that was famously used to tout bell giant AT&T. Over the years, however, ATT has apparently decided on a more heavy-handed approach. Now, according to the telecomm titan, they will suspend your AT&T high speed Internet and AT&T DSL services if you talk mean about them. So much for meaningful dialogue!
Is your ISP inserting their own ads into your browser, trying to cash in on your browsing experience? Now you can bust them, with this new way of testing it!
Do you want to stay connected via ssh to a remote computer, even when you’re idle? Whether you are on a Windows, Mac, or Linux machine, don’t you just hate it when you are connected to a remote system via ssh, and you do something in another window, only to find when you return to your ssh session that you’ve been automatically disconnected by the remote system, and you have to log in all over again? Here’s how make it so that you can stay connected to the remote computer with ssh no matter how long you are idle.