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US ISP Can Monitor File-Sharing Traffic

US ISP Can Monitor File-Sharing Traffic

Added: Friday, July 5th, 2013
Category: About Torrents > Staying Safe And Secure
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extrattorrent.com, 2013
At the moment, there are quite a few BitTorrent traffic monitoring firms and systems out there, but AT&T seems to make a premiere as the first Internet service provider to get a patent under which the company is allowed to monitor file-sharing traffic.


The innovative system is supposed to be used by AT&T to predict monitor network congestion before occurring. However, another possible use of it is to check out what material is very popular with pirates on file-sharing portals.

Recently, AT&T has adopted a “six-strikes” anti-piracy program which means that an Internet subscriber alleged of downloading copyrighted content gets 6 warnings before having their Internet connection terminated.

Industry observers have created a chart which allows to better understand how the new system works. According to it, AT&T will maintain RSS feeds of torrents that it could end up downloading and then search through. Although the names of the files will play a huge role in what the system detects as illegal content, it will still go one step further and dig into the file to make sure it is really what it says it is, because everyone knows there can be just a virus hiding under the latest Hollywood blockbuster name.

Apparently, the ISP’s technology will appeal to rights holders because of its possibilities and that they will be able to “convince” the broadband provider (if necessary) to use it as a method to reduce Internet piracy.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for the source of the article

July 5th,2013

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Date:  Friday, July 5th, 2013

Comments (27) (please add your comment »)

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET junkieET loverKitty (2013-07-05 17:59:39)
Radioactive avatarnthing can stop users to stop downloading torrents

posted by (2013-07-05 18:21:06)
daveroy avataruk's three mobile network can even if they don't mean to
anonymous surfing needed more and more

posted by Site Friend (2013-07-05 18:28:53)
Ace avatarAnyone that gets terminated from AT&T is doing thereself a favor anyway. they r way overpriced almost £40.25 or 60 USD a month 4 DSL 650kbps max download speed, 50kbps max upload speed with 150 GB a month data cap, if u exceed its £6.71 or 10 USD extra, the speed sucks the service is even worse and there constantly spamming ur email with the same messages.

posted by (2013-07-05 18:37:43)
madloo08 avatarstill dont get how people subscribe to data restrictive tariffs can't speak for overseas but in uk nearly all providers offer unlimited broadband packages now

posted by (2013-07-05 20:26:38)
Rayman68 avatarThat's because the greedy bastards in the us don't want to give us unlimited data! WiFi is your best bet here in the us, at least for unlimited data. I'm sure down the road they will change that also, if they get the chance.

posted by (2013-07-05 22:52:33)
Mufassa72 avatarI still don't get how this isn't some type of violation of our privacy. We are paying for internet why should they care what we are downloading? As long as they're getting paid? What I mean like If you buy a bike from Wal-Mart, does that give Wal-Mart the right to come to your house monitor how you ride it? When you buy a car can the dealer follow you everywhere you go to make sure you're not speeding and threaten to take it back when you do? I'm just saying....

posted by (2013-07-06 00:44:54)
Solcis avatarScrew these corrupt ISPs who work hand in hand with even more corrupt governments to screw their customers!! Use a VPN that doesn't keep any logs and pay for your service with bitcoins.

posted by (2013-07-06 05:05:42)
No avatarTrue, AT&T really does suck.

So, worse case scenario is a tunnled hop to a proxy...?
It will cost less to get around it, than what they paid
just to prosecute the patent.

posted by men (2013-07-06 08:02:13)
ZerlindaX avatarI could see lawsuits in the courts for violation
of people privacy, plus with the WikiLeaks and
Edward Snowden leaks exposing the US government
of spying on people phones and internet might
make it a hard sell for ATT.

posted by (2013-07-06 09:04:33)
chains_in_uk avatarStop them spying on you use TOR browser and instantly lets you access banned sites as they CANNOT monitor it try it and see happy browsing in PRIVATE.

posted by (2013-07-06 10:41:09)
Faceless42001 avatarchains_in_uk, you would be browsing the site anonymously but as soon as you open a torrent in utorrent then you're not anonymous any more.

I'm pretty sure that's right...

posted by Kitty (2013-07-06 11:42:24)
Crash1 avatar@Acesan8s Anybody stupid enough to pay THAT price for THAT kind of connection deserves everything they get! I pay $100 AUD (~£60 GBP) for 7Mbps (average) and 500GB/month, and am quite satisfied with the service (and lack of snooping) I get.

@faceless42001 You're both right AND wrong. TOR masks your IP address during normal browsing, but doesn't mask your IP address 100% when using torrents, as the connection must be stable for the torrent to connect to the trackers, which means the link path must be constant during any session. This means it just makes it HARDER to track the final recipient of a file, not impossible.

The only SURE FIRE way to download ANYTHING anonymously is with a VPN connection in another country (I use 3 that I change between, in Japan, Germany and Italy). The downside being a slightly slower connection, and you'll have to manually change the language settings on the sites with automatic location/language setting tools.

posted by (2013-07-06 13:50:29)
beyondsuspect avatarWhat about using TOR with Peer Guardian? Would that be sufficient

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2013-07-06 17:17:24)
Embolism avatar@12 using azureus you can use socks proxy or vpn and you can use blocklist as well as decentralised torrents using Tor and the I2P plugin should you wish.Using Tor configured for Torrents is not advisable as end to end connection resolution and other factors will expose you ,please read //blog.torproject.org/blog/bittorrent-over-tor-isnt-good-idea

posted by (2013-07-06 21:19:13)
Solcis avatarBittorrent over Tor is retarded! Use a VPN. Or I2P.

posted by (2013-07-06 23:45:26)
Ceezz avatarI am using wifi and connected to a signal with some numbers. can I still be tracked if its not my connection?

posted by (2013-07-07 04:13:48)
No avatarSMH.....Just got a notification from Xfinity/ Comcast.....no more BRRIPS.....is there a way around this????

posted by (2013-07-07 05:15:51)
No avatar@everyone, get a seedbox where your speed is intense 10MB/s speed for around USD10. its cheap and reliable as you will not find anyone snooping what you are downloading.

than get a VPN if you have slow speeds to download into your pc. but best way to go is seedbox+vpn for around USD50 per month should sort all your snooping n legal issues. you are protected the best way even if u have a fast or slow or any kind of service.

posted by Turtle (2013-07-07 14:47:34)
amalsk avatarthanks for the article sam! bring us more!!!

posted by (2013-07-07 19:42:01)
Skaterz4life avatarI've been with att forever and torrent sites just as long no problems all these years. its is way to many people in the cyber world for them to trac us. Thanks for the info SaM.

posted by (2013-07-07 22:24:38)
No avatarcrash1 thats alot for ur broadband bro here in the uk i only pay £23.65 per month then after a year with the provider u can haggle for the price to be reduced for some months its so they can keep u as a customer and then keep haggling the greedy cunts to keep the price down if not then id move provider i am with virgin media as for tor using torrents no u cant use tor for down loading there is documentation on torrents using tor here is the info

posted by (2013-07-07 22:30:24)
No avatarcezz yes you can still be tracked as your computer has udi in ur pc this stands for unique device identifiers to track ya down

posted by ET junkieET lovermen (2013-07-07 23:36:33)
wingit3 avatarI'm on sky and for £7.50 per month I get between 10 and 12megs download speed unlimited. A friend of mine has upgraded to sky fiber and gets around 40megs. Unless you have fiber, your speed depends on how far you are from your telephone exchange.

posted by men (2013-07-08 03:22:35)
ToeringsNthongz avatarBig deal they been doing this for years now,,,duh,,,

posted by Turtle (2013-07-09 03:13:14)
No avatar@Skaterz4life

If google can keep track of the billions of pages on the web AND THEIR CONTENT, and WHO VISITS THEM, then absofrickinlutely they can and ARE tracking EVERYONE, fool.

Every time you use google the NSA knows what you are searching and this means that when you look up "herpes treatment" they know you have herpes. Everything you do online tells them what you're doing, thinking, planning, and where you are unless you use disinformation.

Now you can spam them with disinfo, but then they can still turn that against you. You can talk about "love bombs" over the phone and they can still tell a jury they have concrete evidence that you're a terrorist. The jury will believe them because what you actually said will be a matter of "National Security". Then they can do the same to everyone you know as they follow the digital communication trails.

Notice that it's "security" when it's their secrets, but for yours it's "privacy". As though "metadata" that tells what you do, where, who you know, etc. is no more of a threat to your security than the color of your underwear. Hitler and mussolini would be proud of the near global fascist state we have.

posted by Blocked (2013-07-09 06:50:14)

posted by (2013-07-09 09:03:28)
chains_in_uk avatarUse Tor to browse,use PGP to encypt,and there are lots more ways to make it DIFFICULT for the government spies dont make it easy for them.

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