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Re: Web Traffic Security and Eavesdropping
From: mojorising <moj0rising () aim com>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2008 13:05:40 -0800

Guys, thanks for these awesome responses.

So, basically, it seems my friend and I were on the right track when
we couldn't think of a way some random person could sniff all (or any)
traffic going to and from a web site (or any node on the Internet)
they don't have access to (or have access to a node somewhere along
the way, like a router or switch). The answer is that it's not really
possible. This statement primarily holds true under somewhat normal
circumstances, of course, aside from hacks like the BGP exploit
mentioned in the Wired article.


2008/11/12 Jorge L. Vazquez <jlvazquez825 () gmail com>:
agree with that... has lots of information, but it doesn't say anything

Jorge L. Vazquez
blog: www.pctechtips.org

David Crandell wrote:
That article is wicked!

Kinda one of those blindingly-obvious concepts....

Dave Crandell
Vice President, Information Systems
On Hold Media Group
david () onholdwizard com

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Sent: Wednesday, November 12, 2008 10:31 AM
To: mojorising
Cc: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: Re: Web Traffic Security and Eavesdropping


I think this (http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/08/revealed-the-in.html)
will explain how.


On Tue, Nov 11, 2008 at 6:46 AM, mojorising <moj0rising () aim com> wrote:

Hi, there. We all know many web sites out there encrypt connections with


to prevent eavesdropping on user sessions. In a conversation about this
today while securing web services/ applications of one of our sites, a
friend asked how such a thing is possible if the eavesdropper is not on


same network as the end-user or server being watched. I couldn't provide a
very good answer and was wondering if anyone out there could. We know how
easy it would be if you were on the same network or had access to one of


nodes on either end or even, perhaps, a switch or router, etc in between
those two points.

Basically, the question is, can someone out there in the big, bad,


somehow watch all traffic going to and from another node on the internet
(like a web server for example) without being on the same local network as
the node they are watching? I'm quite sure the answer to this is yes and


yes, then how is it done?


Shreyas Zare
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