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LandzDown Lounge / Re: Ten Years and Counting!
« on: July 11, 2015, 09:29:48 PM »
Respect and admiration for all the outstanding work.

 :mitch: :mitch: :mitch: :mitch: :mitch:

The Anti-Phorm petition on the PM's web site is now approaching its deadline. We are trying to have a final push to see if we can hit 25k signatures (currently over 21k). Can everyone make an extra effort to get their friends and family to sign it and post reminders on their various social networking sites please?

To remind you, Phorm are currently partnering with BT, TalkTalk and Virgin media so that they can intercept and track all your website browsing for the purpose of providing you with 'targetted advertising'. Advertising aside, BT ran 2 illegal trials during 2006 and 2007 without telling any of their users. Intercepting communications using 'deep packet inspection' in this manner is in direct contravention of RIPA and PECR, but at the moment this government is not taking any action as that could also scupper their own desires to monitor everything we to. A final trial by BT last year called 'BT Webwise' did offer an opt-out, but in their current implementation means that your browsing is still intercepted. Phorm were previously known as 121Media, a recognised spyware company previously responsible for amongst other things, the Aprops rootkit. I'm sure many of you can remeber the hours we you to spend helping users remove this stuff from their PCs.  If Phorm, BT, Virgin media and Talk Talk have their way, their tracking software will be installed in the ISP Networks, well beyond the reach of us to remove.  Personally, I'm not giving this one up without a fight.

Many thanks.


Security Alerts & Briefings / Phorm.
« on: October 06, 2008, 11:24:51 PM »
MY ISP (BT) in the UK is getting onto bed with a company called Phorm.  Phorm were previously known as 121Media, so I'm sure most of you will know what I'm talking about.  BT and Phorm are ostensibly providing a new 'anti-phishing' service, but are actually using 'deep packet inspection' to analyse all web traffic handled by BT so that they can serve 'targetted advertising'.  To me, this is like having all my personal letters opened so that I get more relevant junk mail through the post.  Since this invasive Spyware is happening not on my PC, but via my ISP, short of finding a new ISP, there's nothing I can do about it. 
Opt out is currently via cookie, but its not a true opt out. There's more information here, and in their links:

There's also a petition to the government to get this stopped:

There's a new petiton that addresses the latest trial of this monstrosity:

Who's been a busy bee?

I saw your post at DSL reports when I became aware of reports of the problem.  I hope you don't mind my further broadcasting your recommendation and linking to that post.

Many thanks... :goodie:

Internet / Re: anyone with at&t/yahoo dsl
« on: June 25, 2007, 09:31:06 AM »
I have BT/Yahoo (in the UK), which I expect is similar as it bundles all the Yahoo 'bloatware'. I use a D-Link wireless router, and the BT/Yahoo CD has stayed in the box where it belongs.  I've set this up for other as well with Belken, Linksys and Netgear. I've also proved that I can use a Speedtouch 330 by using the s/w downloaded from the Thompsom/Speedtouch website, rather than the ISP's s/w, but of course you need web access to get that in the first place.

LandzDown Lounge / Re: Happy Birthday Canada
« on: July 01, 2005, 10:00:46 PM »
Cake? do you mean champagne? :lol:

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