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Re: backbone transparent proxy / connection hijacking

  • From: Roeland M.J. Meyer
  • Date: Fri Jun 26 02:01:37 1998

At 04:11 PM 6/25/98 -0400, Jon Lewis wrote:
>Has anyone else noticed Digex playing with transparent proxying on their
>backbone?  We have one of our T1's through them, and found that all web
>traffic going out our Digex connection goes through a proxy.  We've got
>customers with web sites that are broken now because they can't
>communicate with things like Cybercash, because their outgoing http
>requests are hijacked and sent through a Digex web cache. 
>Digex wants us to register each web server out on the rest of the
>internet that hosts from our network need to talk directly to.  This looks
>like the beginning of a big PITA.

Sounds more like time to change Internet vendors. You've now told me whom I
DON'T want to do business with. Yeah, I know renumbering's a bitch. I just
went through it myself.

>I wouldn't have a problem with Digex setting up some web caches and
>encouraging customers to setup their own caches and have them talk to the
>Digex ones via ICP...but caching everything without our knowledge/consent

Yeah, it tells you when to change vendors.
Roeland M.J. Meyer, ISOC (InterNIC RM993) 
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