[cryptography] The Compromised Internet

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Fri Sep 27 15:36:48 EDT 2013


On Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 01:12:19PM -0400, grarpamp wrote:
> On 9/27/13, Eugen Leitl <eugen at leitl.org> wrote:
> > I don't see how a ham running a repeater backbone can
> > prevent end to end encryption other than sniffing for
> > traffic and actively disrupting it. I'm not sure tampering
> > with transport is within ham ethics, though they definitely
> > don't understand the actual uses for encryption, at
> > least the old hands (are there even new hands?).
> 
> The mentioned tech has nothing to do with traditional 'ham'.

HamNet/AMPRNet is ham-only. http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamnet
http://www.amateurfunk-wiki.de/index.php/Linkstrecken_HAMNET

> And without the crypto key they can't see it and can't disrupt

Of course they can see it, it's a TCP/IP network routed
through their hardware, which is stock (Mikrotik/Ubiquiti etc.).

> it, it's background/spectrum noise/power to them.
> Traditionally, presumably hams might discover non-in-the-clear
> on a specific channel, perhaps triangulate, and report it to some
> regulatory body (or DoS it). That's not applicable, by design.
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