In recent years, ISPs have taken an increased interest in faking packets, and for some mysterious reason, they don't always like to make this fact perfectly clear to customers. Hoping to bring power to the people, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) yesterday released a tool called "Switzerland" that can help users find out if an ISP is modifying packets or injecting packets of its own into any protocol. The tool is open source and available now for download, but there's a reason that EFF refers to the current release as "Version Zero."

The software, designed to see if an ISP is delivering packets "neutrally" (hence the Switzerland reference), has undergone in-house development for some time. EFF Staff Technologist Peter Eckersley coded the initial version, which has now been opened up and made available on SourceForge. Enterprising network hackers (and GUI experts) are needed to continue development of version 0.0.4.

Friday, August 1, 2008
Ars Technica

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