BBC News - Ceop website form 'could have put children at risk'
igb at batten.eu.org
Sun Apr 10 15:14:04 BST 2011
> Given that there's no money to be made intercepting reports of child
> abuse, I wonder what the practical risk is from third parties. If
> there's an abuser in the same household with access to (and checking
> up on) the child's PC, then being able to see the browser history
> will be enough to ring their alarm bells, without actually having to
> go to the bother of intercepting all the traffic.
Well, a sophisticated abuser could play with the DNS, routing or a
trap proxy within their household to redirect traffic to a fake
website which notified them of the report and then discarded. But it
seems a bit far fetched, and the only advantage of http over https to
such an adversary is that the attack wouldn't throw a certificate
warning; given the poor standards of certificate hygiene both on
servers and amongst users (especially children), the same attack on
https would be almost certain to work anyway.
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