Re: [fw-wiz] About Port Forwarding, Apache and Firewall Rules
From: Jeremiah Cornelius (jeremiah_at_nur.net)
To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Sun, 29 Aug 2004 09:49:38 -0700
>> Due to the limitation of my cable ISP, which blocks
>> ports 80 I could not make my personal website
>> available. The workaround is to ...
> ...a group of people dedicated to the establishment and enforcement
> of network security and policies for help in violating his ISP's Terms
> Of Service.
His "Terms of Service" are a minor contract, and may well have been
unilaterally ammended by the ISP after he became a customer. This has
happened in hundreds of reported incidents - especially with cable
operators, who understand a television broadcast model.
I don't think there is much of an ethical dilimma in helping this fellow
out, as long as he is aware that he is risking his service.
If, in his locale, he can't get an equivalent ISP without such an onerous
restriction, then his ISP is likely an illegal monopoly. They block the
ability to serve port 80? They are out of RFC compliance in providing
Internet services. You probably can't get an uneducated court to agree -
but I'd claim that what they are providing doesn't meet the definition of
"Big-I" Internet, and are guilty of contratual bad-faith and
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