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A new report (pdf) by researchers at the University of Washington states that roughly one percent of web pages delivered to users are being manipulated in some way by ISPs. After studying some 50,000 computers, the researchers found that a select few ISPs were injecting ads into Web pages on their networks. The study found that the most frequent culprits are small ISPs like Texas's Redmoon, who used NebuAD technology to inject ads over existing ad relationships (NebuAD's CEO tells us they've since stopped the practice). From the research:
These changes often have negative consequences for publishers and users: agents may inject or remove ads, spread exploits, or introduce bugs into working pages. Worse, page rewriting software may introduce vulnerabilities into otherwise safe web sites, showing that such software must be carefully scrutinized to ensure the benefits outweigh the risks. Overall, page modifications can present a significant threat to publishers and users when pages are transferred over HTTP.
The researchers have subsequently developed a web page tripwire system to detect ISP manipulation of web content they say is "more flexible and less costly" than switching to HTTPS for all traffic.
Link: http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/1...-By-ISPs-93735 (i posted whole article, there are links on page tho)
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Honestly though. Not nearly as widespread as most people thought.
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I suppose. But if one does it, the other always follow like flies to ... a certain 4 letter word.
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The title is misleading, it implies that only one percent of packet traffic is being messed with, then in reality it is talking about one percent of webpages are being rewritten by isp's, that is a totally different subject (one I've never heard of actually). This study has nothing to do with web traffic manipulation.
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Honestly though. Not nearly as widespread as most people thought.

Urufu_Shinjiro is correct. The title is wrong. This issue is a very specific form of ISP data manpulation. ISP injecting data packets is bad news for security. Recently, there was a compromised server that ISPs were using to inject ads. Hackers could have taken over the compromised server and use it for spoofing. What sucks is that the webmaster could have made the site super-secure and that wouldn't matter.
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This may sound like a naive question, but I have to ask it anyway. If ISP's are so desperate to make a profit, why did they get into the ISP business in the first place? I'm sure the maintenance costs are going up (everything is) but aren't they still turning a profit?

I do some occasional work for a very small local ISP. They provide dial up and ISDN service to maybe 1k people total (doubt it's that many). They seem to have no problem turning enough profit to stay in business. I'm sure they'd like to make more, but they are doing alright even with a small subscriber base.

I know it's just pure greed motivating them, but who made the decision that profit margins were enough justification to risk their subscriber base? What is the logic behind this decision?
 
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