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Comcast Declares War on Tor?


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#1 NickAu

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Posted 15 September 2014 - 08:43 PM

 

Reports have surfaced (The first one was via /r/darknetmarkets and another one submitted to us) that Comcast agents have contacted customers using Tor and instructed them to stop using the browser or risk termination of service. A Comcast agent named Jeremy allegedly called Tor an “illegal service.” The Comcast agent told its customer that such activity is against usage policies.

 

Users who try to use anonymity, or cover themselves up on the internet, are usually doing things that aren’t so-to-speak legal. We have the right to terminate,   fine, or suspend your account at anytime due to you violating the rules. Do you have any other questions? Thank you for contacting Comcast, have a great day.

http://www.deepdotweb.com/2014/09/13/comcast-declares-war-tor/

 

 

Me thinks somebody is watching their customers.



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Posted 15 September 2014 - 08:50 PM

"Users who try to use anonymity, or cover themselves up on the internet, are usually doing things that arent so-to-speak legal. We have the right to terminate, fine, or suspend your account at anytime due to you violating the rules"

...That's so logical.

"People, who attempt to do things anonymously on the internet, are typically doing illegal things. So, we're just going to assume that a (Comcast) customer is doing illegal things if s/he is attempting to remain anonymous. Moreover, we're just going to end your Comcast membership based off of our assumption and sweeping generalization."

That's not abuse of power or irrational...

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Posted 15 September 2014 - 09:25 PM

In the interest of equal opportunity.

Comcast's response:

http://corporate.comcast.com/comcast-voices/setting-the-record-straight-on-tor

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Posted 15 September 2014 - 09:39 PM

 

In the interest of equal opportunity.

Good point Animal.

 

Read more here.

 

 

 

But the latest accusation leveled against Comcast—that it is threatening to disconnect customers who use the anonymity-providing Tor browser—hasn't been backed by convincing evidence that it's happening. And Comcast dismisses the rumor as “wildly inaccurate.”

Comcast calls rumor that it disconnects Tor users “wildly inaccurate”

 

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Posted 15 September 2014 - 09:40 PM

Just goes to show that "it must be true, I read it on the internet".



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Posted 15 September 2014 - 10:04 PM

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Posted 15 September 2014 - 10:04 PM

Just goes to show that "it must be true, I read it on the internet".


Humorously, that could also apply to the webpage in the link that Animal provided.


In general, it seems too be all too frequent that companies amongst other entities claim one thing and do another thing that is opposite of the claim (or contradicts the claim.) With that said, I'm not asserting that Comcast is doing that; however, it is a possibility.

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Posted 16 September 2014 - 10:46 AM

Comcast: (in a very demanding tone of voice) What webpages do you go to?

 

Me: (pretending to be a lady, using my very best Southern drawl, sounding sweet and innocent and clueless) Well, darlin', the Official Comcast Help Forum pages, my Comcast Account Pages, the Comcast online TV pages, Comcast Help and Support Pages, Bleeping Computer, my local newspaper web site every morning so I can look at the obituaries to see if my name is there and the Police Report to see if I got busted for something I don't remember doing, on Wednesday I look at the weekly ads for the grocery stores in my area, on Sunday the Target, Kmart, Best Buy and Sears ads, Lowe's and Home Depot to compare products and prices and jigzone. com when I want to waste time. Is that enough for you or do want more? OOPs, I forgot to mention Facebook because that's how I sometimes communicate with my friends who live in Spain, Puerto Rico, my niece in Turkey and my daughter-in-law in Bogota, Colombia.   I'm to cheap to pay for overseas phone calls. I'm also fond of recipe sites. I get coupons from Betty Crocker and Pillsbury sites.  Bless your heart, honey, why are do you want to know what I look at on the internet?

 

Hopefully the Comcast person will have no clue about the phrase BLESS YOUR HEART.

 

edit to add:

Users who try to use anonymity, or cover themselves up on the internet, are usually doing things that aren’t so-to-speak legal. We have the right to terminate, fine, or suspend your account at anytime due to you violating the rules. Do you have any other questions? Thank you for contacting Comcast, have a great day.

 

The rule, if it exists, is unwritten. It is not mentioned anywhere here http://www.comcast.com/Corporate/Customers/Policies/HighSpeedInternetAUP.html

 

Since it is not an OFFICIAL rule, clearly communicated to customers, it would not (if true) hold water.

 

The only thing anyone is required to do is comply with acceptable use policies and terms of service. This also applies to other providers/companies who have those things in place.


Edited by Queen-Evie, 16 September 2014 - 12:06 PM.





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