The news you're not supposed to know...

Austrian Economics: Understand Economics, Understand the World
The Century of the Self: The Untold History of Controlling the Masses Through the Manipulation of Unconscious Desires
The Disappearing Male: From Virility to Sterility

The Obama Deception: The Mask Comes Off
Operation Gladio: The Hidden History of U.S. Sponsored False Flag Terrorism in EuropeThe New American Century: The Untold History of The Project for the New American Century
Article posted Jan 27 2011, 6:29 PM Category: Science/Technology Source: TorrentFreak Print

Wikileaks ISP Anonymizes All Customer Traffic To Beat Spying

by Enigmax, TorrentFreak

In order to neutralize Sweden’s incoming implementation of the European Data Retention Directive, Bahnhof, the Swedish ISP and host of Wikileaks, will run all customer traffic through an encrypted VPN service. Since not even Bahnhof will be able to see what its customers are doing, logging their activities will be impossible. With no logs available to complete their chain of investigation, anti-piracy companies will be very, very unhappy.

In 2009, Sweden introduced the Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive (IPRED). The legislation gave rights holders the authority to request the personal details of alleged copyright infringers.

This prompted Jon Karlung, CEO of ISP Bahnhof, to announce that he would take measures to protect the privacy of his customers. Shortly after Bahnhof ceased logging customer activities and with no logging there was no data to store or hand over.

Now, in the face of Sweden’s looming implementation of the European Data Retention Directive which will force them to store data, Bahnhof – who are also Wikileaks’ Swedish host – will go a step further to protect the anonymity and privacy of their customers. Soon, every Bahnhof customer will be given a free anonymizing service by default.

“In our case, we plan to let our traffic go through a VPN service, ” Bahnhof’s Jon Karlung told SR.

Since the service will encrypt user traffic, not even Bahnhof will know what their customers are doing online. If the ISP doesn’t know about their activities, then there’s not much to log. Nothing to log means there’s nothing useful to hand over to authorities and anti-piracy companies.

“Technically, this is a stealth section, we will store all data up to this point of invisibility,” adds Karlung, referring to the first-hop connection the customer makes with the company’s servers when going online.

“What happens after that is not our responsibility and is outside Bahnhof. So the only thing we are going to store is very little information, which in practice will be irrelevant.”

Of course, there will be commercial implications for other Internet service providers in Sweden if they fail to address privacy concerns as Bahnhof have done. To this end, other ISPs are believed to have plans in the pipeline to follow suit, but these are yet to be formally announced.

Bahnhof customers who don’t want to remain anonymous and would like everything they do online to be stored for a minimum of 6 months, can opt-in to be spied on – for around $8.00 per month extra.

Latest Science/Technology
- Sorry, George Carlin, Plastic Is Biodegradable
- First of its Kind Study Finds Virtually no Driving Impairment Under the Influence of Marijuana
- Should We Fear the Era of Driverless Cars?
- Bad News: Supreme Court Refuses to Review Oracle v. Google API Copyright Decision
- Lexus Says They've Invented World's First Hoverboard
- The Migration of Guns from Physical to Digital
- The Ingenious Design of the Aluminum Beverage Can
- Florida Judge: IP-Address Doesn't Identify a Movie Pirate

No Comments Posted Add Comment

Add Comment


Verification *
Please Enter the Verification Code Seen Below

Please see our About Page, our Disclaimer, and our Comments Policy.

This site contains copyrighted material the use of which in some cases has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available for the purposes of news reporting, education, research, comment, and criticism, which constitutes a 'fair use' of such copyrighted material in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner. It is our policy to respond to notices of alleged infringement that comply with the DMCA and other applicable intellectual property laws. It is our policy to remove material from public view that we believe in good faith to be copyrighted material that has been illegally copied and distributed by any of our members or users.

About Us - Disclaimer - Privacy Policy

Advanced Search


Remember Me
Forgot Password?

Cops Raid Wrong Home, Charge Owner With Felony Assault - 10/03State Department 'Planted' Anti-Wikileaks Questions For 60 Minutes Interview With Julian Assange - 10/02Police Taser & Beat Innocent Disabled Vet, Hold Quadriplegic Wife at Gunpoint, Demand She Stand - 09/29Homeland Security Detains Stockton Mayor, Forces Him to Hand Over His Passwords - 10/03Mom Regrets Calling 911 For Help After Police Showed Up and Tasered Her Nonverbal Autistic Son - 10/03Dept Says Cop Followed Procedure When He Mistook a 70-yo Man's Stroke For DUI and Beat Him - 10/02J.R.R. Tolkien the Anarchist: 'The Most Improper Job of Any Man is Bossing Other Men. Not One in a Million is Fit for it' - 10/03ATF Officer Snaps At Son's Football Game, Assaults Man, Pulls Gun On Bystanders - 10/02

Man Follows Speeding Cop, Finds Out He Was Speeding To Buy PeanutsMission Creeps: Homeland Security Agents Confiscate Women's Panties For 'Copyright Infringement'Cop Shoots Couple's Dog, Threatens Jail For Trying To Save Dog's LifeSWAT Team Shoots Teen Girl & Her Dog During Pot Raid On Wrong HomeDurham, NC Cop Testifies Faking 911 Calls To Enter Homes Is "Official Policy"Indiana Sheriff Says US A "War Zone" To Justify New MRAP Military VehicleTampa Cops Surveil Pot Dealer, Catch Him Selling Pot, Raid His Home & Kill Him"You Just Shot An Unarmed Man!": Witness Says Police Shot His Friend With His Hands Up