From the Internet's perspective, your computer was never on the Internet at
all. If someone traces the connections back, the packets will all look like
they came from the hijacked connection. This is especially useful when
dealing with monitored conversations (see Echelon, Carnivore, the
ultra-secret level-3 DeadMan monitoring stations that pepper the globe like
icepick wounds in Trotsky's skull).
Note that I'm talking about taking over lower-level connections, *not*
impersonating users to make it look like they sent an email or a Usenet
post. That sort of stuff is relatively trivial. I'm talking about physical
and data-link OSI-level takeover. I was going to use this very technique to
send this post, but it takes finding a physical close computer that is
running Win9x or “Win2K”, and the scanning program to find such a computer
has not been ported to Windows 2000 (which is the program I am using to
compose this article).)
Uh, yea. Right.
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