Being safe on the internet (was Re: Here we go again - ISP DPI, but is it interception?)
colinthomson1 at o2.co.uk
Tue Aug 3 23:56:28 BST 2010
> > Yes, but if Cuthbert just moved up the tree to look at directory
> > roots as in my example than that isn't obviously non-authorised.
> > Some website owners want you to do that and provide a helpful menu
> > or index for you. Some website owners don't want you to do that. The
> > way to tell which is which is by trying.
> Peter Sommer said that rather than say what he'd done, he instead
> presented some story about proxy activity. That does rather
> complicate the story.
I wonder if the dialogue went like this:
Plod: But you attempted an unauthorised directory transfer.
C: No - if anything like that happened it must have been something done by a proxy server, I didn't do it.
Plod: But we can clearly see from the log on your PC that you were at http://someserver.org/things/this.html and the typed http://someserver.org/.
C: Yes, of course I did that. That's the natural thing to do.
Or something pretty close to that, adapted by Plod to look a little more incriminating (that sort of adaptation is what used to be known as a "verbal" - and for it to have a commonly used name it probably had to be a commonly occurring thing; and far worse things happen even today).
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