Here we go again - ISP DPI, but is it interception?
james2 at jfirth.net
Fri Jul 30 12:37:38 BST 2010
Nicholas Bohm wrote:
> > I suspect Clive's refering to the case involving Daniel Cuthbert
> > aka the "Tsunami Hacker"
> > http://www.pmsommer.com/CLCMA1205.pdf
> Thanks to Chris and Peter for their pointers.
> The decision of a magistrate isn't of course binding as a precedent,
> it's a good real-world example, and one must wonder whether Talk Talk
> have overlooked it.
As a professional who works often on security-related web stuff this
conviction has always made me feel uncomfortable.
Firstly the speed in which a large firm can get the police to act contrasts
starkly with the experience of many smaller server owners/operators who
suffer serious prolonged and sophisticated attacks.
And secondly this type of "attack" should really only be viewed as an attack
if prolonged multiple requests are made using well-known attack vectors
(such as including the quote characters ` and ' as per an SQL "injection"
But as memory serves me a conviction was somewhat inevitable in this case
because the defendant via a somewhat circuitous argument showed intent
because as a self-proclaimed security researcher he should have known his
actions could cause data loss or downtime.
But it happens all the time. I run a URL shortening service and also host a
microsite used by the Telegraph for publication of school league tables. I
get URL "attacks" nearly every day, most of them probably from curious types
who wouldn't dream in a lifetime that what they're doing could be criminal.
They're just seeing what's on my servers, how the servers work, and, as
sometimes is the case, having a sneaky check to see if they server is
vulnerable to common attacks.
(I'm sure there are people on this list far more familiar with the Cuthbert
case than me.)
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