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Airtel & MTNL injecting ads into websites you visit


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#1 NickAu

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Posted 16 July 2015 - 09:42 PM

 

Internet providers like Airtel & MTNL are now intercepting your browsing data, and injecting it with additional ads & JavaScript code.

‘Water-boarding at Guantanamo Bay’ sounds like an adventurous weekend activity, to those who don’t have any idea about it.

Hopefully this post will help you to understand better — about what’s happening with you right now, without you even realising it.

Their goal? Is quiet simple is to earn additional revenue from us. Yes, additional revenue on the connections & services that we’ve already paid for!

To illustrate this with an analogy, it is like:
• Your car audio system inserting its own ads between songs you’re playing via your iPod.
• Your cell phone provider squeezing ad messages into your WhatsApp conversations with friends.
• Your phone calls being interrupted by an audio ad every hour.
• The pizza delivery guy swapping out one slice of your pizza with something you didn’t order.

Here’s an example of what it looks like on MTNL. It’s not so easy to spot, since it only happens very occasionally:

Airtel & MTNL injecting ads into websites you visit to earn additional revenue and snoop on you

 

That's just sneaky and underhanded. Wouldn't that equal hacking ?


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Posted 16 July 2015 - 09:53 PM

well I do say it would, if you can't 'opt out' well then it would sort of be equal to hacking


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Posted 18 July 2015 - 11:58 AM

Would this sort of thing be effectively blocked by normal ad blocking extensions/add-ons, or would the fact that it is coming from the ISP mean ad blockers would not see it?
What about scriptblocking, would that stop it?
Also what about tor or other VPN systems, I would expect that users using those would not suffer this injection of adverts.


The key question is what will happen when one of the adverts being displayed turns out to be a malicious advert, and the victim of the malvertising realises where the advert has come from...

Edited by rp88, 18 July 2015 - 11:58 AM.

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Posted 18 July 2015 - 07:02 PM

well than I do believe they would switch to a different VPN


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Posted 18 July 2015 - 07:42 PM

...That's just sneaky and underhanded. Wouldn't that equal hacking ?

No. It is how the market works...always looking for ways to generate more revenue and profit. However, folks can always speak with their wallets and chose another ISP.
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Posted 18 July 2015 - 08:53 PM

In India, Airtel has been accused of a lot of unethical methods to make money and this is one among them.
I'm surprised to see mtnl is also involved in this s**t....
What bothers even more is " Your landline phone number is used as an identifier for the ads. Combine this with the above point, and it’s a ridiculous breach of privacy (not to mention potential for tele-marketing)."
Sharing customer's contact no. is something more serious. May be they are trying to squeeze maximum from users before some sort of net neutrality is in effect here.....
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