[LINK] technical question: security alert
kim at holburn.net
Thu Mar 5 23:54:45 EST 2009
On 2009/Mar/05, at 1:28 PM, Jan Whitaker wrote:
> At 11:22 PM 5/03/2009, Kim Holburn wrote:
>> Wow. I've definitely heard of them. They are the PI firm that works
>> for the RIAA. So this is a scan or trace of some kind and not really
>> random noise at all.
> Fascinating. I wonder why. Do I have cause for complaint? Were they
> trying to crack my machine? Isn't that somehow illegal?
> Jan [half kidding because I don't download illegal material
> knowingly; although who knows what is legal on YouTube, but p2p and
> torrent not by me]
BTW bittorrent is a very efficient way of downloading debian and
ubuntu, no really, I'm not kidding.
Assuming you weren't using bittorrent then (and anyway from the fact
that it was logged rather than passed through) it's most likely that
mediasentry were responding to a previous inhabitant of that IP
address. I don't know what they do exactly but possibilities spring
to mind: maybe examining what torrents were being accessed by the
client or possibly offering a fake media file for download or even
surveying data for their clients about what is the most popular
download (it's very useful data).
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