Re: IRC-based Olympic Coverage
From: Alfred Lord Tennisball (alfred_at_nym.alias.net)
Date: 15 Aug 2004 05:32:01 -0000
"Mike" <email@example.com> wrote in message news:firstname.lastname@example.org...
> Alfred Lord Tennisball wrote:
> <Snip garbage>
> > They could know that somoene
> > is gobbling down inredible amounts of bandwidth, from an open proxy, on,
> > say, bt.com, but the logs will only say they connected to a computer on
> > British Telecomms ISP network. They would NEVER be able to find out that
> > someone was connecting to the Opening Ceremonies in Athens.
> But they would question the reason why someone would be pulling so much
> data from a system and ask for an explanation after they had
> re-assembled the packets and re-created the data stream to see what was
> actually going on.
> Just WTF was *that* all about anyway?
However, there are some who are reportely setting up SSH and VPN
tunnels to help people outside of Britain get around the technlogical
measures the BBC has put into place to keep people from outside of Britain
to access the feed. SSH and VPN transmissions are encrypted, so any
sysadmins that try to re-assemble the data packets might find them
Also, our IRC-based coverage is also encrypted, so that any employers
that try to figure out that their workers are up to will just get
bunch of unreadable junk. Some IRC servers do support encrypted
connections, so anyone who tries to sniff the data, with programs,
such as Snort, wont get anything. Sure, the book may be open, but
the pages will all be in an unreadable language. Also, our servers
operate on unusual port numbers (miRC can connect to iRC servers
on ports other then 6667), so the IRC connection wont advertise
itself like a neon sign. An encrypted connecton an an ususual port
number is not likely to be noticed by any corporate network admins.
One our IRC-based updates and commentary, I am seeing a lot of
people connecting from work during the workdays in the USA and
Europe. I have talked to people who are finding all kinds of
crafty ways to put one over the on the boss. One girl I talked to
who works at a TV station in Sacramento, California, plugs into
our coverage, using her cable modem service from Comcast. She
plugs into there, and then into our stream. The data is actually
encrypted twice. Our encrypted IRC chat room is the encrypted again
by other software she has. She has basically set up a VPN tunnel
from her work computer to her home computer, and then connects
from there to our coverage of the Olympics, so she never misses
a moment of the action while she is at work, and her boss has
no idea of what she is doing.
Another girl, who works at one of the big financial firms in
New York City, also uses encrypted connections to her home computer
in Connecticut on what is left of AT&T Broadband. She gets all the
action from the Olympics on her work computer, and her boss will
never be the wiser.