8631NSA Patent 6,947,978.
- Sep 28, 2005Who remembers the debate with Joanne Waldron about tracking computers
on the Internet? Who remembers Kohno's white paper on identifying
computers by their tcp time stamps that Joanne submitted?
Score one for Joanne. Even though she had no way of knowing what the
future would hold from Kohno's project, she did make a good point on
that white paper.
The N.S.A. just patented a technology that I beleive was largely
developed from Kohno's research. It is an interesting "landmark" in
cyber investigations, and/or email tracing. The N.S.A. now has a way
to identify the location of users on the Internet by using a
technology that is similar (I said SIMILAR) to "pinging" a cell phone.
Looks like Kohno's research actually paid off. Below is the
description of the N.S.A. Patent:
"Method for geolocating logical network addresses on electronically
switched dynamic communications networks, such as the Internet, using
the time latency of communications to and from the logical network
address to determine its location. Minimum round-trip communications
latency is measured between numerous stations on the network and known
network addressed equipment to form a network latency topology map.
Minimum round-trip communications latency is also measured between the
stations and the logical network address to be geolocated. The
resulting set of minimum round-trip communications latencies is then
correlated with the network latency topology map to determine the
location of the network address to be geolocated."
You can find the patent at this URL: http://tinyurl.com/bbxae
An interesting topic of conversation I believe.....
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