Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Now, you can RUN and HIDE!!

Now, you can RUN and HIDE!!

Last month in my article about Bit Torrent, how it works, and how to get started with it, I mentioned that that the MPAA (Motion Pictures Association of America) and the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) are trying as hard as they could possibly try (legally and illegally that is) to push law makers to pass laws prohibiting music swapping, online radios, and anything that doesn’t bring in money into their own pockets, why? Beats me!! Anyway, the legal battles are yet to be over; still both parties are looking beyond the US borders, why again? Well, although the US market is enough to soup-up their money making machines, they want the whole cake baby and the whole world is one damn big cake. The new approach both parties are using outside the US borders while working on the legal battles in US courts is threatening ISP’s (Internet Service Providers) with whatever just to get them to pass over the fear to their clients, why? Well, they believe that scaring people would boost CD sales, and that scared internet users who fear being sued by them would go watch movies in theaters instead of downloading them.


How it all works?

Lets say you start a movie download using one of the peer-to-peer clients (Kazza, Imesh, emule….etc), regardless of the program you are using or the network your client connects to, your client has to connect to other computers belonging to other people that have part or whole of the movie you’re trying to get for you to download that movie, and the same happens when someone is getting a file that you happen to have shared; in this whole process of uploading/downloading, an experienced person could track back the connections made to his/her PC whether its an upload and/or download back to the remote PC (that could be you) now the MPAA, and RIAA utilize either their own IT staff, companies that work in both fields (such as Fonoun-Net Movies productions here in Egypt), and/or outsource to companies that specialize in tracking people who share files online. Once they trace back to the user they start probing their pc to find as much info as possible to be able to sue them (US and European citizens mostly) or simply threaten the ISP with whatever for the ISP to pass down the threat to the user (mostly threatening to shut down your ADSL). Already a fellow geek told me that he got one of those phone calls from his ISP. Trust me the ISP’s don’t do it willingly because the more people download the more bandwidth they sell so unless the ISP is being absolutely cornered, you won’t get that phone call, no one like scaring off their clients!!


Slipping under the radar

Now for the MPAA, RIAA, or one of their affiliates to trace you back and start collecting info about you to be able to figure out your ISP, and who you are to at least report you to the ISP, they need to run into you first, either by you sharing a file, or by you downloading from one of the pc’s they use to hunt file sharers; not sharing files is one solution (but do you really think I spent the whole night typing this article to tell you that!!). without getting into great detail of how the internet works, the folks who track you down work within companies, these companies do have internet connections with multiple ISP’s, because of the way the internet works, these people are assigned a fixed address block (aka IP address space) that identifies them online exactly the same way you are when you are online (the hunter becomes the hunted). Now that imagine having a list of all their address spaces and checking all outgoing/incoming connections and blocking all connections to/from those address spaces (yes sir you guessed right) you would have become absolutely invisible, you would literally be choosing who to actually connect to and who not to connect to; the other great thing about having such power is to minimize the amount of corrupted music and movies you download (yes the files these guys share are corrupted just to make your life miserable) so by filtering them out you secure yourself and increase your odds of getting the right complete files you went through the effort to download.

The radar Jammer

Doing the whole process of filtering the connections you make so you won’t connect to one of the pc’s used by these guys is way beyond what even the most experienced computer user is capable of, not because its hard, on the contrary, its very simple but the amount of connections, the rate you switch between peers for a single file, and the amount of incoming connections is just too much. Now a bunch of nice folks came up with a really good idea, a program that runs in the background checking every outgoing, and incoming connection to make sure your computer is not connecting to or being connected to by one those machines that would tack you down. These little pieces of software come with a built in list that includes all the address spaces of such companies and banns any connection if it matches one of the address within its list, even better, these little buggers do check for an updated list every now and then just like your antivirus does (I guess the analogy goes beyond the antivirus!!), making sure you are up to date. I have checked a couple of them so far and they have been working great (Peer Guardian, and Proton Wall). One of the best things about these guys is that they tell you how many connections (incoming or outgoing) were blocked, you would be amazed by the numbers. The whole coolest thing is that the lists generated for the program to use is compiled from the finding of people who actually track down the IP’s (address spaces) of these tracking machines/companies and everyone is welcome to help out, it’s a way of giving back to the community if you like what they are doing and would like to help them out. Of course these software’s are Open Source and follow the GPL license body (in other words they are FREE)

The internet is a universe by its own, its far from safe, and what you don’t know will still get you. Peer guardians will protect you from the MPAA and RIAA folks but they won’t block other internet threats (worms, hackers …..Etc) don’t confuse them with personal firewalls, they run alongside with personal firewalls (such as Sygate, Norton Internet security suite …..etc) but they won’t take their place.


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I am a subscriber to Time Warner's Road Runner and I just recieved a call on Thursday Jan 4, 2007 threatening to turn of our high speed connection if we download another new movie from a bittorrent site. I think I am going to switch from Time Warner's Road Runner and start using one of those programs. Thanks for the info.

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