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3 posts • joined 13 May 2009

Hiding secret messages in internet traffic: a new how-to

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Already been done

There was a much simpler version out some years ago, filling the padding of ICMP echo packets (pings) with data. So simple, assuming ICMP is allowed through of course :-)

Anyway, this isn't really steg - its more of a covert channel.

I'll try and have a look at it all the same.

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Adblock developer offers 'please unblock me' tag to sites

John

InfoSec

Did anybody else go to InfoSec this year and find it ironic that in Earls Court 1 we had InfoSec with its security tools, and in Earls Court 2 we had the Web/Internet 'how to make money' show, discussing ads, content tracking etc - all of which were trying to be blocked by products in the hall next door. :-)

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John

Suggestion

As Adblock knows how many ads it has blocked from a site - perhaps an option to limit the number of ads per page would be more workable. e.g. The user could limit adblock to show 1 ad only - and block all other ads (or even block all ads for pages which have more than 1 ad). This may force developers to at least stop having pages filled with ads.

I foresee a situation with the proposed solution that ALL developers claim to be squeekly clean on non-intrusive ads (even when they are not), and users just stop believing them - and revert back to blocking all.

Personally (business oportunity here) I would like to use a search engine which (using some inteligence from AdBlock) displays how many ads are in the linked page with the search results, with an option to sort the results by number of ads - any offers?

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