Wow, don’t know how this happened… I thought these types of things were suppose to be kept secret from the vast unwashed like ourselves. Anyway, The Register reported that an activist had requested a copy of the document on Twitter. For some reason … someone … somewhere … sent all 95 pages of it to her. After realizing their mistake, the sender asked for her to treat the standard as FHEO. Unfortunately, it was too late as the document had already been distributed to several journalists.
The Register article didn’t link to the actual standard however according to its author, there isn’t really too much to the document as shown in the image to the right. Following this outline, the standard basically spells out recommended configurations that you’d find in most vendor manuals.
A moment of inattention has allowed the ITU’s proposed deep packet inspection (DPI) standard to escape.
The slip-up happened when an Australian CryptoParty activist Asher Wolf put out a public call on Twitter asking for a copy of the text. The ITU duly sent it by e-mail – only later realising its mistake and asking her to treat it as for her eyes only.
By which time, Vulture South and other journalists had received copies…
So what is the ITU proposing?
The document – all 95 pages of it – is exactly what it purports to be: a proposed technical interoperability standard for deep packet inspection systems (its very existence comes as something of a surprise to this Vulture: in the context of network performance, I asked several vendors when this would be standardised, and the unanimous response was “never”).
Today’s post pic is from TheRegister.com. See ya!