[LINK] Big Brother poised to hit the 'Net
Mon, 26 Mar 2001 16:15:14 +1000
The software, known as "Media Tracker" masquerades as a client on any of
the file-sharing networks through which Net users have been exchanging
copyrighted music, collecting details from other machines on that network
and adding it to an infringement database. "
What a silly word 'masquerades' is in this context.
If it works on the network port, is protocol conformant, and talks to the
server, it *IS* a client, its not masquerading as anything.
People who think the only 'legal' or 'real' or 'proper' client is the one
which fits the purpose of the original s/w author, better learn not to write
code on a network..
Sauce for the goose and all that, this is both expected, and normal behaviour
on the 'net. Bill Cheswick talks about the escalating war between hacker and
security coder, and this is a very similar example. The 'good' and the 'bad'
guys might be a bit more confusing, but otherwise, what else did anybody
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