Israeli ISPs falsely accused of blocking BitTorrent
In one of the more saddening displays of bad journalism, Ynetnews is reporting that “Israeli internet service providers block P2P traffic”. The only problem is that the so-called “report” that they cited doesn’t actually find or conclude that any blocking is going on. The usual suspects like Slashdot is amplifying the misleading headline while the “Net Neutrality Squad” is already regurgitating the story that “Report claims Israeli ISPs tampering with P2P (and lying about it)”.
But how can the ISPs be lying about blocking P2P if the only source these stories cite doesn’t actually claim that blocking is going on? The only thing so-called report from the “Intellect or Insanity” blog is claiming that they’re finding some slight variation in BitTorrent speeds due to DPI-enabled traffic shaping and they’re outraged that some of the ISPs might be caching BitTorrent. Oh the horror of an ISP trying to accelerate BitTorrent performance!
The reality is that there’s not much substance in the so-called report and it makes the classic mistake of assuming that everything must be using (Deep Packet Inspection) DPI and that DPI is illegal. DPI is more about content inspection than traffic type classification. Furthermore, if DPI technology was illegal, then so would intrusion detection systems, anti-virus filtering, and anti-spam systems that protect the Internet. Here’s a report where I give a basic primer on DPI to demystify the technology.