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Riot Games Seek Court Justice After Internet Provider Deliberately Causes In-Game Lag
Pretty damning for Time-Warner Cable:
When it seemed that the service provider couldn’t sink any lower, they opted to hold Riot to a ‘lag ransom’. Following Riot’s complaints regarding the inexplicable lag the player base were experiencing, TWC offered to magically solve the issue, a hardball tactic to which Riot finally admitted defeat in August of 2015. Before the deal was finalised, lag and data-packet loss for League of Legends players were far above the standards Riot was aiming for. Miraculously, after the two tech companies reached an unpleasant deal, the numbers improved.
ftc  fcc  twc  time-warner  cable  isps  network-neutrality  league-of-legends  internet 
february 2017 by jm
mjg59 | Fixing the IoT isn't going to be easy
We can't easily fix the already broken devices, we can't easily stop more broken devices from being shipped and we can't easily guarantee that we can fix future devices that end up broken. The only solution I see working at all is to require ISPs to cut people off, and that's going to involve a great deal of pain. The harsh reality is that this is almost certainly just the tip of the iceberg, and things are going to get much worse before they get any better.
iot  security  internet  isps  devices 
october 2016 by jm
Three starts network-level ad blocking trial
Three, the mobile carrier, has begun warming up for a network-level ad blocking trial. It will become one of the first mobile carriers worldwide—and certainly in the UK—to try blocking ads before they are squirted over the network to the consumer, rather than attempting to hide or block ads locally on the device, which can cost both bandwidth and battery life.

The ad blocking trial, which will affect both mobile websites and apps, will take place during a 24-hour period sometime between June 13 and 20. Three says it will contact customers and ask them to sign up for the trial, presumably via the online customer portal. It isn't clear how large the trial will be.

Technologically, the network-level ad blocking will be powered by Shine. Due to the nature of the beast—the constant tussle between ad publishers and ad blockers—Shine doesn't like to talk about its tech in much detail. It sounds like Shine uses deep packet inspection and machine learning to find packets that contain ads, and then replaces or removes them in such a way that it doesn't break the layout of the website or app.
shine  three  uk  adblocking  mobile  isps 
june 2016 by jm
About to leave UPC due to (lack of) port forwarding - Boards.ie
Virgin Media/UPC seem to have silently deployed an IPv6 "carrier-grade NAT" setup called "DS-Lite" -- ie. all customers now get just a routable IPv6 address, and share a small pool of IPv4 NATs. This breaks a multitude of useful services, including UDP IPSec VPNs it seems
udp  vpns  isps  virgin-media  virgin  ireland  ds-lite  ipv6  tunnelling  networking  nat  ipv4 
may 2016 by jm
Virgin Media Ireland hate people working from home
What the hell, Virgin?
Section 12: Use of Virtual Private Network (VPN)
As stated above, the Virgin Media Services are for residential use only and we do not support the use of VPN. If we find you are using VPN we may instruct you to stop using it and you must comply with this request. This is in order to prevent problems with our network and other Internet users.
virgin-media  virgin  upc  isps  ireland  teleworking  telecommuting  home  vpns  vpn 
may 2016 by jm
RFC 7754 - Technical Considerations for Internet Service Blocking and Filtering
The Internet is structured to be an open communications medium. This
openness is one of the key underpinnings of Internet innovation, but
it can also allow communications that may be viewed as undesirable by
certain parties. Thus, as the Internet has grown, so have mechanisms
to limit the extent and impact of abusive or objectionable
communications. Recently, there has been an increasing emphasis on
"blocking" and "filtering", the active prevention of such
communications. This document examines several technical approaches
to Internet blocking and filtering in terms of their alignment with
the overall Internet architecture. When it is possible to do so, the
approach to blocking and filtering that is most coherent with the
Internet architecture is to inform endpoints about potentially
undesirable services, so that the communicants can avoid engaging in
abusive or objectionable communications. We observe that certain
filtering and blocking approaches can cause unintended consequences
to third parties, and we discuss the limits of efficacy of various
approaches.


(via Tony Finch)
via:fanf  blocking  censorship  filtering  internet  rfcs  rfc  isps 
march 2016 by jm
India lifts porn ban after widespread outrage - BBC News
After a brief couple of days.
News of the ban caused a furore on Indian social media, with several senior politicians and members of civil society expressing their opposition to the move. The Indian government said that it was merely complying with the Supreme Court order and was committed to the freedom of communication on the Internet. "I reject with contempt the charge that it is a Talibani government, as being said by some of the critics. Our government supports free media, respects communication on social media and has respected freedom of communication always," Mr Prasad told PTI.
india  porn  filtering  isps  internet  web  child-porn  censorship 
august 2015 by jm
Operation Socialist: How GCHQ Spies Hacked Belgium’s Largest Telco
Chilling.
GCHQ maintains a huge repository named MUTANT BROTH that stores billions of these intercepted cookies, which it uses to correlate with IP addresses to determine the identity of a person. GCHQ refers to cookies internally as “target detection identifiers.”
privacy  gchq  surveillance  belgacom  regin  uk  spying  belgium  isps  cookies  malware 
december 2014 by jm
Comcast Wi-Fi serving self-promotional ads via JavaScript injection | Ars Technica
Comcast is adding data into the broadband packet stream. In 2007, it was packets serving up disconnection commands. Today, Comcast is inserting JavaScript that is serving up advertisements, according to [Robb] Topolski, who reviewed Singel's data. "It's the duty of the service provider to pull packets without treating them or modifying them or injecting stuff or forging packets. None of that should be in the province of the service provider," he said. "Imagine every Web page with a Comcast bug in the lower righthand corner. It's the antithesis of what a service provider is supposed to do. We want Internet access, not another version of cable TV."


The company appears to be called Front Porch: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/09/meet-the-tech-company-performing-ad-injections-for-big-cable/
comcast  ads  injection  security  javascript  http  network-neutrality  isps 
september 2014 by jm
NTP's days are numbered for consumer devices
An accurate clock is required to negotiate SSL/TLS, so clock sync is important for internet-of-things usage. but:
Unfortunately for us, the traditional and most widespread method for clock synchronisation (NTP) has been caught up in a DDoS issue which has recently caused some ISPs to start blocking all NTP communication. [....] Because the DDoS attacks are so widespread, and the lack of obvious commercial pressure to fix the issue, it’s possible that the days of using NTP as a mechanism for setting clocks may well be numbered. Luckily for us there is a small but growing project that replaces it.

tlsdate was started by Jacob Appelbaum of the Tor project in 2012, making use of the SSL handshake in order to extract time from a remote server, and its usage is on the rise. [....] Since we started encountering these problems, we’ve incorporated tlsdate into an over-the-air update, and have successfully started using this in situations where NTP is blocked.
tlsdate  ntp  clocks  time  sync  iot  via:gwire  ddos  isps  internet  protocols  security 
august 2014 by jm
Observations of an Internet Middleman
That leaves the remaining six [consumer ISPs peering with Level3] with congestion on almost all of the interconnect ports between us. Congestion that is permanent, has been in place for well over a year and where our peer refuses to augment capacity. They are deliberately harming the service they deliver to their paying customers. They are not allowing us to fulfil the requests their customers make for content. Five of those congested peers are in the United States and one is in Europe. There are none in any other part of the world. All six are large Broadband consumer networks with a dominant or exclusive market share in their local market. In countries or markets where consumers have multiple Broadband choices (like the UK) there are no congested peers.


Amazing that L3 are happy to publish this -- that's where big monopoly ISPs have led their industry.
net-neutrality  networking  internet  level3  congestion  isps  us-politics 
may 2014 by jm
Netflix comes out strongly against Comcast
In sum, Comcast is not charging Netflix for transit service. It is charging Netflix for access to its subscribers. Comcast also charges its subscribers for access to Internet content providers like Netflix. In this way, Comcast is double dipping by getting both its subscribers and Internet content providers to pay for access to each other.


FIGHT!
netflix  comcast  network-neutrality  cartels  competition  us-politics  business  isps 
april 2014 by jm
European Parliament passes strong net neutrality law, along with major roaming reforms
European fans of the open internet can breathe a sigh of relief: the European parliament has passed a major package of telecoms law reform, complete with amendments that properly define and protect net neutrality. The amendments were introduced by the Socialist, Liberal, Green and Left blocs in the European Parliament after the final committee to tweak the package – the industry committee – left in a bunch of loopholes that would have allowed telcos to start classifying web services of their choice as “specialized services” that they can treat differently. [...] Now the whole package gets passed through to the next Parliament (elections are coming up in May), then the representatives of European countries for final approval.
netneutrality  eu  ep  europe  neelie-kroes  freedom  isps  telecom 
april 2014 by jm
Internet Tolls And The Case For Strong Net Neutrality
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings blogs about the need for Net Neutrality:
Interestingly, there is one special case where no-fee interconnection is embraced by the big ISPs -- when they are connecting among themselves. They argue this is because roughly the same amount of data comes and goes between their networks. But when we ask them if we too would qualify for no-fee interconnect if we changed our service to upload as much data as we download** -- thus filling their upstream networks and nearly doubling our total traffic -- there is an uncomfortable silence. That's because the ISP argument isn't sensible. Big ISPs aren't paying money to services like online backup that generate more upstream than downstream traffic. Data direction, in other words, has nothing to do with costs. ISPs around the world are investing in high-speed Internet and most already practice strong net neutrality. With strong net neutrality, new services requiring high-speed Internet can emerge and become popular, spurring even more demand for the lucrative high-speed packages ISPs offer. With strong net neutrality, everyone avoids the kind of brinkmanship over blackouts that plague the cable industry and harms consumers. As the Wall Street Journal chart shows, we're already getting to the brownout stage. Consumers deserve better.
consumer  net-neutrality  comcast  netflix  protectionism  cartels  isps  us  congestion  capacity 
march 2014 by jm
Internet Censors Came For TorrentFreak & Now I’m Really Mad
TF are not happy about Sky blocking their blog.
There can be little doubt that little by little, piece by piece, big corporations and governments are taking chunks out of the free Internet. Today they pretend that the control is in the hands of the people, but along the way they are prepared to mislead and misdirect, even when their errors are pointed out to them. I’m calling on Sky, Symantec, McAfee and other ISPs about to employ filtering to categorize this site correctly as a news site or blog and to please start listening to people’s legitimate complaints about other innocent sites. It serves nobody’s interests to wrongfully block legitimate information.
censorship  isps  uk  sky  torrentfreak  piracy  copyright  filtering  blocking  symantec  filesharing 
january 2014 by jm
Content filtering by UK ISPs
An exhaustive list from the UK's Open Rights Group
filtering  uk  isps  org  porn  blocklists  internet 
december 2013 by jm
Blocking The Pirate Bay appears to have 'no lasting net impact' on illegal downloading
In the fight against the unauthorised sharing of copyright protected material, aka piracy, Dutch Internet Service
Providers have been summoned by courts to block their subscribers’ access to The Pirate Bay (TPB) and related
sites. This paper studies the effectiveness of this approach towards online copyright enforcement, using both a
consumer survey and a newly developed non-infringing technology for BitTorrent monitoring. While a small
group of respondents download less from illegal sources or claim to have stopped, and a small but significant
effect is found on the distribution of Dutch peers, no lasting net impact is found on the percentage of the Dutch
population downloading from illegal sources.
fail  blocking  holland  pirate-bay  tpb  papers  via:tjmcintyre  internet  isps 
september 2013 by jm
How to avoid crappy ISP caches when viewing YouTube video
Must give this a try when I get home -- I frequently have latency problems watching YT on my UPC connection, and I bet they have a crappily-managed, overloaded cache box on their network.
streaming  youtube  caching  isps  caches  firewalls  iptables  hacks  video  networking 
august 2013 by jm
Massive Overblocking Hits Hundreds Of UK Sites | Techdirt
Customers of UK ISPs Virgin Media and Be Broadband found they were unable to access hundreds of sites, including the Radio Times and Zooniverse, due to a secret website-blocking court order from the Premier League. PC Pro believe that 3 other ISPs' customers were also affected.

According to customers reverse-engineering, it looks like the court order incorrectly demanded the blocking of "http-redirection-a.dnsmadeeasy.com", a HTTP redirector operated by the DNS operator DNSMadeEasy.
The fact that the court could issue an order which didn’t see this coming and that the ISPs would act on it without checking that what they were doing was sensible is, in my opinion, extremely worrying.
overblocking  censorship  org  uk  sky  be-broadband  virgin-media  dnsmadeeasy  filtering  premier-league  false-positives  isps 
august 2013 by jm
Why YouTube buffers: The secret deals that make -- and break -- online video
Should ISPs be required to ensure they have sufficient upstream bandwidth to video sites like YouTube and Netflix?
"Verizon has chosen to sell its customers a product [Netflix] that they hope those customers don't actually use," Schaeffer said. "And when customers use it and request movies, they have not ensured there is adequate connectivity to get that video content back to their customers."
netflix  youtube  streaming  video  isps  net-neutrality  peering  comcast  bandwidth  upstream 
july 2013 by jm
Irish Comms Minister Pat Rabbitte ignores calls for State role in blocking online porn
Good call.
Mr Rabbitte says that legal concerns attached to mandatory filters, as well as a fear of imposing censorship, have persuaded him against trying to force ISPs to impose mandatory pornography-blocking internet filters. "I remain to be convinced that blanket censorship or a default-on blocker is the correct or workable response," he said. "Even if it were possible to ensure that such measures were not easily circumvented or didn't inadvertently block perfectly acceptable content, the principled question of whether the State should be encouraging service providers to filter or block content to all users, regardless of whether there are children resident, would still arise."
pat-rabbitte  internet  filtering  censorship  blocking  porn  overblocking  default-on  isps  ireland 
july 2013 by jm
Porn to be Blocked in the UK – “What’s new?” Say Pirate Bay Users | TorrentFreak
It seems likely that the ISPs will implement a system similar to the one currently being used by TalkTalk, as the prime minister will specifically single the ISP out for praise in his speech. TalkTalk’s HomeSafe is a system which filters out URLs based on a remote blocklist provided and maintained by…. well, no one quite knows. This is worrying since when things don’t go quite to plan there’s no one to complain to.

As previously reported, when TalkTalk customers are asked whether they want to block file-sharing sites, TorrentFreak.com is rendered inaccessible. Despite our pleas and complaints that we are a news resource, the company said it would not remove us from their blocklist. We doubt we’re the only ones being silenced.
talktalk  blocking  uk  isps  torrentfreak  politics  filtering  david-cameron  porn  overblocking 
july 2013 by jm
Interpol filter scope creep: ASIC ordering unilateral website blocks
Bloody hell. This is stupidity of the highest order, and a canonical example of "filter creep" by a government -- secret state censorship of 1200 websites due to a single investment scam site.

The Federal Government has confirmed its financial regulator has started requiring Australian Internet service providers to block websites suspected of providing fraudulent financial opportunities, in a move which appears to also open the door for other government agencies to unilaterally block sites they deem questionable in their own portfolios.

The instrument through which the ISPs are blocking the Interpol list of sites is Section 313 of the Telecommunications Act. Under the Act, the Australian Federal Police is allowed to issue notices to telcos asking for reasonable assistance in upholding the law. [...] Tonight Senator Conroy’s office revealed that the incident that resulted in Melbourne Free University and more than a thousand other sites being blocked originated from a different source — financial regulator the Australian Securities and Investment Commission.

On 22 March this year, ASIC issued a media release warning consumers about the activities of a cold-calling investment scam using the name ‘Global Capital Wealth’, which ASIC said was operating several fraudulent websites — www.globalcapitalwealth.com and www.globalcapitalaustralia.com. In its release on that date, ASIC stated: “ASIC has already blocked access to these websites.”
scams  australia  filtering  filter-creep  false-positives  isps  asic  fraud  secrecy 
may 2013 by jm
transparent DNS proxies
Ugh. low-end ISPs MITM'ing DNS queries:

Some ISP's are now using a technology called 'Transparent DNS proxy'. Using this technology, they will intercept all DNS lookup requests (TCP/UDP port 53) and transparently proxy the results. This effectively forces you to use their DNS service for all DNS lookups.
If you have changed your DNS settings to an open DNS service such as Google, Comodo or OpenDNS expecting that your DNS traffic is no longer being sent to your ISP's DNS server, you may be surprised to find out that they are using transparent DNS proxying.


(via Nelson)
via:nelson  dns  isps  proxying  mitm  phorm  attacks 
april 2013 by jm
Netflix ISP Speed Index for Ireland
Via Mulley. Magnet doing well, with UPC coming second; UPC have dropped a fair bit in the past month. Would love to see it broken down by region...
upc  ireland  isps  speed  bandwidth  netflix  broadband  magnet  eircom 
april 2013 by jm
CEO Of Internet Provider Sonic.net: We Delete User Logs After Two Weeks. Your Internet Provider Should, Too. - Forbes
"what we saw was a shift towards customers being made part of a business model that involved–I don’t know if extortion is the right word–but embarassment for gain. An individual would download a movie, using bittorrent, and infringe copyright. And that might be our customer, like Bob Smith who owns a Sonic.net account, or it might be their spouse, or it might be their child. Or it might be one of his three roommates in a loft in San Francisco, who Bob is not responsible for, and who rent out their loft on AirBnB and have couch surfers and buddies from college and so on and open Wifi.

When lawyers asked us for these users’ information, some of our customers I spoke with said “Oh yeah, crap, they caught me,” and were willing to admit they engaged in piracy and pay a settlement. But in other cases, it turned out the roommate did it, or no one would admit to doing it. But they would pay the settlement anyway. Because no one wants to be named in the public record in a case from So-And-So Productions vs. 1,600 names including Bob Smith for downloading a film called “Don’t Tell My Wife I B—F—— The Babysitter.”

AG: Is that a real title?

DJ: Yes. I’ve read about cases where a lawyer was doing this for the movie “The Expendables,” and 5% of people settled. So then he switched to representing someone with an embarassing porn title, and like 30% of people paid.

It seemed like half the time, the customer wasn’t the one right one, but they rolled over because it would be very embarassing. And I think that’s an abuse of process. I was unwilling to become part of that business model. In many cases the lawyers never pursued the case, and it was all bluster. But under that threat, you pay."
interview  isps  freedom  copyright  internet  shakedown  lawyers  sonic.net  data-retention  via:oisin 
june 2012 by jm
LINX Public Affairs » Scarlet wins in European Court
'The Court judgement therefore goes well beyond saying what a court may decide, by means of an injunction: it also sets out the limits of Member States’ powers to legislate to draft ISPs as copyright police. It will be a crucial precedent in future arguments about the Digital Economy Act, in the UK, HADOPI in France, various blocking requirements in Italy, and numerous other schemes across the EU. As victories for ISPs in the copyright wars go, this one was comprehensive. It will be seen as a landmark ruling for years to come.' woot
linx  scarlet  isps  hadopi  eu  privacy  filtering  copyright  irma  filesharing 
november 2011 by jm
corkscrew
'a tool for tunneling SSH through HTTP proxies'. handy
ssh  http  proxies  software  linux  tunneling  isps 
august 2011 by jm
Virgin and NTL filtering fail
'Virgin and NTL [in the UK] blocked [del.icio.us] for years' due to a false positive -- joshua
del.icio.us  false-positives  filtering  uk  isps  virgin  ntl  fail  via:hackernews  from delicious
april 2011 by jm
Daragh O'Brien on the Gardai's plans to force ISPs to implement IP filtering
'Internet blocking is ineffective. The current proposal lacks sufficient checks and balances, and may even require ISPs and telcos to break other laws to comply. It will inevitably result in innocents being tarred as offenders. Data Protection principles (such as “Adequate, Relevant, and Not Excessive” are being blatantly ignored to implement an ineffective solution. Far better is to shut down the shop by removing the images at source and invest time, energy, and resources into a more transparent effort to manage this issue.' well said
internet  filtering  censorship  blocking  gardai  isps  ireland  data-protection  privacy  from delicious
march 2011 by jm
Digital Rights Ireland » Garda plans to introduce web blocking in Ireland
'Last year we revealed that the Department of Justice was working on secret plans to introduce internet filtering in Ireland. Now, despite a complete lack of any legislation, public consultation or democratic discussion, these plans have moved to the implementation stage.' wtf, this is just appalling lack of oversight
gardai  blocking  filtering  ireland  politics  legislation  oversight  isps  ispai  alto  censorship  eff  from delicious
march 2011 by jm
Spotify Second Largest Source Of Revenue In Europe For Labels
wow. the WinAmp guys were right -- 'on a European level, Spotify is the second single largest source of revenue for record labels. This means that 2010 saw dramatic increase in its usage as well as payouts to record labels and artists themselves.' this via an IFPI report
ifpi  music  spotify  streaming  revenue  record-labels  europe  sweden  isps  mp3  from delicious
february 2011 by jm
Internet Content Blocking: a primer [presentation]
from Malcolm Hutty, Head of Public Affairs at LINX (UK ISP organisation). insightful and a good summary of the state of the art in ISP-hosted filtering/blocking solutions.  The final few slides are especially useful
presentations  via:tjmcintyre  content-blocking  filtering  linx  malcolm-hutty  isps  blocking  blocklists  internet  privacy  from delicious
february 2011 by jm
Mobile Internet access data retention (not!)
so, it seems the wireless ISPs don't have sufficient IPv4 space for their customers, and are filtering access to the internet via NAT; unfortunate side effect is that this breaks data retention as defined in the UK. wonder if the same applies here?
uk  data-retention  privacy  nat  isps  wireless  mobile  phones  networking  internet  filtering  from delicious
january 2010 by jm
MAAWG notes drop in spam levels
'MAAWG [..] says that spam and malicious emails dropped to 89 percent in the second quarter from 90.4 percent in the first quarter of 2009.'
spam  anti-spam  maawg  press-releases  isps  internet  abuse  from delicious
october 2009 by jm

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