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Using Linux to Overcome Comcast's Policy of FUD

Dec 02, 2008, 22:31 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Shipman)

"Attempt One: Illegal stuff.

"Okay... It turns out that there are loads of illegal things which can be done to circumvent ISP security (which I admittedly knew little about before). Since changing my IP address is perfectly legal and easy... I think it's safe to assume that Comcast's usage monitoring operates at the Data Link layer (MAC addresses, frames, etc...) and thus my usage profile is probably tied to the MAC address of my modem. My first thought was to spoof somebody elses MAC address using something like *cough*SIGMA*cough* ... but I'm really not into flashing leased modems with JTAG and so I decided this idea was just too involved and illegal and bad to try out myself (and I'm NOT encouraging anyone else to try this, either). I also found a bunch of other cool (and illegal) things like ARP poisoning... but those aren't really related to quota management (and I'm not condoning them either). In short, and since I really needed my Internet connection, I decided to opt for a free, safe, and legal way of keeping tabs on my bandwidth usage so I could at least live in peace knowing exactly how much I had left..."

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