[LINK] unlawful interception of internet traffic?

Craig Sanders cas at taz.net.au
Thu Dec 7 17:41:38 AEDT 2006

On Thu, Dec 07, 2006 at 04:50:52PM +1100, Eric Scheid wrote:
> On 7/12/06 3:38 PM, "Craig Sanders" <cas at taz.net.au> wrote:
> > i'm pretty sure that all of this is actually illegal because it's an
> > unlawful interception of communications traffic....and while the IP
> > address blocking may be a squirmable grey-area (at least according to
> > a lawyer's infinitely flexible connection with reality), the actual
> > interception of DNS traffic and providing false responses is a clear-cut
> > infringement that they can't even pretend is OK.
> Are they actually intercepting DNS traffic, or are they hosting domain
> records on their DNS servers?

intercepting. both, actually. they intercept the DNS traffic and provide
false records from their own server.

> To test ... if you set your DNS lookup to come from elsehwere (avoiding
> using the ISP's DNS resolvers) .. do you now get the correct results?

yes.  i've already tried this.

i don't use their name servers. i run my own nameserver, and don't use
them as a forwarder.

> The point being: would that be "interception"?


they're diverting DNS traffic for the rival ISP's nameserver to their
own nameserver so that they can provide false responses to any queries.
if that isn't "interception" then i don't know what is.


craig sanders <cas at taz.net.au>           (part time cyborg)

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