August 6, 2008

OT: Decide For Yourself [3:26 pm]

The documents in the US Government’s case against Bruce Ivins as the anthrax attacker: USDOJ: Amerithrax Court Documents

See also Documents Detail Evidence Against Anthrax Scientist

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Try Out “Switzerland” [3:21 pm]

Something to try out: Switzerland Network Testing Tool

Is your ISP interfering with your BitTorrent connections? Cutting off your VOIP calls? Undermining the principles of network neutrality? In order to answer those questions, concerned Internet users need tools to test their Internet connections and gather evidence about ISP interference practices. After all, if it werent for the testing efforts of Rob Topolski, the Associated Press, and EFF, Comcast would still be stone-walling about their now-infamous BitTorrent blocking efforts.

Developed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Switzerland is an open source software tool for testing the integrity of data communications over networks, ISPs and firewalls. It will spot IP packets which are forged or modified between clients, inform you, and give you copies of the modified packets.

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TorrentSpy Fallout: The Bunnell Appeal [8:14 am]

Appeals of E-Mail Hacking Case Could Redefine Online Privacy (pdf)

A federal appeals court in California is reviewing a lower court’s definition of “interception” in the digital age, in a case that some legal experts say could weaken consumer privacy protections online.

The case, Bunnell v. Motion Picture Association of America, involves a hacker who in 2005 broke into a file-sharing company’s server and obtained copies of company e-mails as they were being transmitted. He then e-mailed 34 pages of the documents to an MPAA executive, who paid the hacker $15,000 for the job, according to court documents.

The issue boils down to the judicial definition of an intercept in the electronic age, in which packets of data move from server to server, alighting for milliseconds before speeding onward. [...]

In August 2007, Judge Florence-Marie Cooper, in the Central District of California, ruled that the alleged hacker, Rob Anderson, had not intercepted the e-mails in violation of the 1968 Wiretap Act because they were technically in storage, if only for a few instants, instead of in transmission.

The EFF’s site on the appeal; Wired’s I Was a Hacker for the MPAA; eWeek’s Court Ruling Could Have Major Impact on E-Discovery

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