Re: Can my ISP see my NNTP traffic?
From: Frank Slootweg (this_at_ddress.is.invalid)
Date: 07 Apr 2004 14:06:22 GMT
Regal <email@example.com> wrote:
> For example, I use BTopenworld as an ISP in the UK. If I post this
> Usenet message via the independent Astra newsserver then can
> BTopenworld see what I have read/posted by examining the traffic
> passing through their server.
It (the traffic) does not "pass through their server", or or least not
through a "server" in the normal meaning of that term. Your system (PC)
does have a 'direct' TCP/IP connection to the Astra newsserver, i.e.
there are no intermediate servers (as there for example *might* be for a
> Can they tell which newsgroups I
> used to post or read?
> If they CAN do this they how EASY and how LIKELY is it for them to
> actually do it?
Yes, I'm sure they can monitor the TCP/IP traffic and hence the NNTP
traffic which travels on top of that. Whether they do it and whether
they are *allowed* to do it, is probably a matter of their ToS (Terms
of Service) or/and UK law.