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Re: [NANOG] Charter Communications going to sniff traffic foradvertising?

  • From: Blake Pfankuch
  • Date: Thu May 15 08:32:12 2008

I noticed this as well with a windows mobile device and activesync over the ail.  Enforcing SSL communication seems to have fixed it, as I no longer get these after doing that.  Of course this assumes that your mail server does not need plain text authentication.  I noticed this a lot when I was flying back and forth from Houston and DFW out of Denver.  Never identified the culprit of who was harvesting but....

-----Original Message-----
From: Jean-Michel Planche [mailto:[email protected]] 
Sent: Wednesday, May 14, 2008 2:47 PM
To: Jake Matthews
Cc: [email protected]
Subject: Re: [NANOG] Charter Communications going to sniff traffic foradvertising?

In same spirit, something worst I think ...
If you are in some airport with a GSM/Wifi phone, you are going to  
receive a mail, from local Wifi provider to explain you how to reach  
his (local wifi) network.
Tested in Roissy / France, with iPhone. iPhone will switch from edge  
to wifi connection. I think that some application try to reach their  
server (like mail) and local provider sniff differents things (user  
name / mail sure but what about passwd ??) to send you back an email.
Interesting ...

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Le 14 mai 08 à 22:31, Jake Matthews a écrit :

> Apparently Charter is going to packetsniff its users and use that for
> commercial purposes.
> Looks like the only way to somewhat opt out is by getting a cookie set
> at the below link - which is not only a dumb idea, but still - not  
> even
> https.
> Anyones thoughts on this?
> -j
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