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How much can my ISP actually see?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Haspel, Feb 27, 2009.

  1. Haspel

    Haspel Power Member

    Oct 7, 2008
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    Ok I have a question and since I didn't find an appropriate thread I hope it would be ok to ask it here.I live in Eastern Europe and now thanks to the EU we have a new law that the Internet Service provider should store all the information from its users for about two years or so.I was wondering how much can they actually see? Is it like just like urls I visit and stuff or they could actually see my email conversations and chat sessions?
  2. toyo


    Dec 20, 2008
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    mate, your country would probably have millions of people. For them to monitor everything is impossible. They will only go through records if you have been partially busted for something. They can see almost everything depending on their tech. But I guess they are just saying that to scare you, coz its theoretically impossible for them to store everything.
  3. pyronaut

    pyronaut Supreme Member

    Dec 9, 2008
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    I work as a data engineer for an ISP in New Zealand. AFAIK I cant check on the URL's a user is doing. Although im not exactly head engineer or anything like that so i wouldnt know for sure.

    It would more likely be able to record the IP's a user is visiting. Which in turn may lead to the websites the user is viewing.

    Chat sessions i find unlikely.

    I know 100% the ISP i work for does not record such information. For example when customers get their wifi hijacked because they are too dumb to put passwords on. Or when a business has a employee who is downloading shitloads afterhours. Customers ask for records of the websites, which we say we dont do.

    However there was one instance. Where I was working with someones webhosting. And they couldnt see their own website. And in that instance. I can see people connecting to that website. but only because we host the website. Not because the users internet is through us.
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  4. nme

    nme Junior Member

    Jan 17, 2008
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    OP is talking about data retention. It's *supposed* to consist of ips and timestamps only. So yes, they can see your email but their not storing them. Still a good time to start using PGP though and SSL for your chats.
  5. cyrix

    cyrix Junior Member

    Sep 19, 2008
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    Full Time Internet Marketer\Developer
    United States
    Well, if they wanted to they could potentially see everything, your chats, the sites you visited the files you've downloaded. Like nme suggested encrypting your communications would be the only way to mask it if you are paranoid ;)