“a carnival house of mirrors”

via the Wired blog Threat Level on August 13, 2008:

Despite a recent high-profile vulnerability that showed the net could be hacked in minutes, the domain name system — a key internet infrastructure — continues to suffer from a serious security weakness, thanks to bureaucratic inertia at the U.S. government agency in charge, security experts say.

If the complicated politics of internet governance continue to get in the way of upgrading the security of the net’s core technology, the internet could turn into a carnival house of mirrors, where no URL or e-mail address could be trusted to be genuine, according to Bill Woodcock, research director at the nonprofit Packet Clearing House.

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The defiant Internet

doesn’t seem to take too kindly to legal restrictions. From the Wired Blog Epicenter on August 15, 2008:

Just days after an Italian judge’s decision to block ISP access to the major Sweden-based torrent site in Italy, The Pirate Bay is reporting a 5 percent increase in Italian web traffic, according to TorrentFreak.

… If the numbers are true, then as expected, the site has found its own way of successfully circumventing the block. And the press may have unintentionally shown newcomers the way.

So much for attempts to censor the web. At least in this instance…

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