War for the Web

October 2012

31 10.12

More Sandy damage

Rensys has a lot of additional information about the Internet outtages caused by hurricane Sandy. They also point out rightly that it isn't just outtages, but also massive slow downs that we have to worry about. As lines go down, traffic gets re routed, so in the end the few lines that remain open have much more traffic than they normally would. Couple that with the fact that a ton of the infrastructure that connects the US's Internet to the world at large comes ashore along the New Jersey coast, directly in the path of Sandy's devastation and you have a recipe for pretty major traffic jams. Read more
30 10.12

Hurricane Sandy and the Internet

As many of you probably know, New York City got hit with a pretty major hurricane yesterday. War for the Web is happy to announce that we've all survived, and we are obviously very concerned about our neighbors all over New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. We hope everyone and their families is safe, secure, and if not with power, then getting it back soon. Read more
12 10.12

Telecommunications and National Security

The majority of telecommunications equipment is manufactured in China. There, I said it. China. China makes us nervous, China is an emerging super power, and looks to compete with us by allying with North Korea and pissing off its neighbors. It bought an aircraft carrier, and it's building another. And now Huawei, a company heavily subsidized by the Chinese government, is the largest manufacturer of 4G networking equipment, and other telecommunications equipment, in the world. The Congressional Intelligence Committee has issued a report that strongly discourages businesses from dealing with Huawei or ZTE (another similar company) if they value their intellectual property and consumers' privacy. Read more
03 10.12

Deep Packet Inspection – You live in public.

We normally associate DPI with highly controlled totalitarian regimes, but the fact is DPI is used almost everywhere. In the United Kingdom, DPI was used in the run up to the Olympics to monitor traffic for threats. Since then, a law has been proposed that would ask ISPs to retain user information -- IP logs, emails, correspondence -- for a year. It isn't any better here in the United States. Most ISPs already use some kind of DPI technology to prevent malware attacks and spam, but what they track and keep is set to increase. Read more