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Routing Detours: Can We Avoid Nation-State Surveillance?
Routing Detours: Can We Avoid Nation-State Surveillance?
Annie Edmundson — 09 Nov 2016

An increasing number of countries are passing laws that facilitate the mass surveillance of their citizens. In response, governments and citizens are increasingly paying attention to the countries that their Internet traffic traverses. In some cases, countries are taking extreme steps, such as building new IXPs and encouraging local interconnection to keep local traffic local. We find that although many of these efforts are extensive, they are often futile, due to the inherent lack of hosting and route diversity for many popular sites. We investigate how the use of overlay network relays and the DNS open resolver infrastructure can prevent traffic from traversing certain jurisdictions.… Read more

The Internet Infrastructure’s Turn to Content
The Internet Infrastructure’s Turn to Content
Uta Meier-Hahn — 08 Nov 2016

One of the Internet’s key features is that it keeps networking functions separate from the applications and services that use these functions. However, network operators and especially Internet service providers appear to be becoming more content aware. Networking is becoming more intertwined with content. This might have implications for tomorrow’s Internet. … Read more

Ethics of RIPE Atlas Measurements
Ethics of RIPE Atlas Measurements
Robert Kisteleki — 07 Nov 2016

This article is intended to make RIPE Atlas users aware of ethical issues that could arise when using RIPE Atlas. We do not intend to propose any new formal processes or procedures to address the relevant ethical issues, but we do want to encourage members of the RIPE Atlas community to consider the ethical impact of their behaviour when using RIPE Atlas. … Read more

Speculating on DNS DDoS
Speculating on DNS DDoS
Geoff Huston — 28 Oct 2016

The recent attacks on the DNS infrastructure operated by Dyn have generated a lot of comment in recent days. Indeed, it’s not often that the DNS itself has been prominent in the mainstream of news commentary and, in some ways, this DNS DDoS prominence is for all the wrong reasons! I’d like to speculate a bit on what this attack means for the DNS and what we could do to mitigate the recurrence of such attacks.… Read more

Tags: security dns
The Trouble with NAT - Part 2
The Trouble with NAT - Part 2
Mirjam Kühne — 27 Oct 2016

This is the second post in a series on NATs contributed by Mark Smith, based on a presentation given at AusNOG 2016. In the first post, Mark discussed Network Critical Success Factors (NCSFs). In this post, he is going into details about the trouble with Network Address Translation (NAT).… Read more

Tags: ipv4 ipv6 nat