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Thread: BitTorrent Developers Introduce Comcast Busting Encryption

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    AmpeD's Avatar the o'lol factor BT Rep: +10BT Rep +10
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    Several BitTorrent developers have joined forces to propose a new protocol extension with the ability to bypass the BitTorrent interfering techniques used by Comcast and other ISPs. This new form of encryption will be implemented in BitTorrent clients including uTorrent, so Comcast subscribers are free to share again.

    BitTorrent throttling is not a new phenomenon, ISPs have been doing it for years. When the first ISPs started to throttle BitTorrent traffic most BitTorrent clients introduced a countermeasure, namely, protocol header encryption. This was the beginning of an ongoing cat and mouse game between ISPs and BitTorrent client developers, which is about to enter new level.

    Unfortunately, protocol header encryption doesn’t help against more aggressive forms of BitTorrent interference, like the Sandvine application used by Comcast. A new extension to the BitTorrent protocol is needed to stay ahead of the ISPs, and that is exactly what is happening right now. Back in August we were the first to report that Comcast was actively disconnecting BitTorrent seeds. Comcast of course denied our allegations, and ever since there has been a lot of debate about the rights and wrongs of Comcast’s actions. On Wednesday, Comcast explained their BitTorrent interference to the FCC in a 57-page filing. Unfortunately they haven’t stopped lying yet, since they now argue that they only delay BitTorrent traffic, while in fact they disconnect people, making it impossible for them to share files with non-Comcast users.

    In short, the Comcast interference works like this: A few seconds after you connect to someone in a BitTorrent swarm, a peer reset message (RST flag) is sent by Comcast and the upload immediately stops. Most vulnerable are users in a relatively small swarm where you only have a couple of peers you can upload the file to.

    Last edited by Skizo; 02-16-2008 at 05:05 AM. Reason: Cleaned up nasty bbcode/fixed horrific word block/summarized post/that never should have been approved

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    Aaxel21's Avatar AHHHHH!
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    Can't wait for this.
    Remember bullets always have the right of way.

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    mbucari1's Avatar Poster BT Rep: +35BT Rep +35BT Rep +35BT Rep +35BT Rep +35BT Rep +35BT Rep +35
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    Don't get too happy, Bittorrent inc. is kmaking all new developments to the protocol closed source. That means independent clients (like utorrent) and trackers will not be able to use it without Bittorrent's permission.

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    Actually - you should be VERY happy the BT Devs will work under a closed-source model - (I am) the only real way they can semi-protect their efforts and the "larger" BT goals, forcing the "Cats" to reverse-engineer to figure out the workings if they need to, otherwise we'd be in for an unstable development curve (on both sides) - cats n' mice.. cats n' mice. Get the picture ? That's not really helping anyone. The goal is to make it as hard as possible (though not impossible) for the err... "opposition".
    Bottom line - what do YOU value - Govt based suppression or personal freedoms ?
    I'd like to give a big thanks to Comcast for forcing??? the BT developers to develop BT Encryption V2.

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    Is this going to be available soon or is it still a long way off?

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    I *heart* torrents BT Rep: +2
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    Can't wait. it's about time we have a little revamp

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    Can't wait for this.

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    its not going to work, comcast is attacking the connection between the you and the peer you are connected to. not the connection between the you and the tracker.

    this will do nothing to get around comcast.

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    Jdsnut's Avatar Poster BT Rep: +1
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    When will this be done.

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