And this isn't even a vulnerability, it's exploitable using the natural way it works, sheesh! Anyway, from the article: "Two security researchers have demonstrated a new technique to stealthily intercept internet traffic on a scale previously presumed to be unavailable to anyone outside of intelligence agencies like the National Security Agency. The tactic exploits the internet routing protocol BGP (Border Gateway Protocol) to let an attacker surreptitiously monitor unencrypted internet traffic anywhere in the world, and even modify it before it reaches its destination." Also, ""We're not doing anything out of the ordinary," Kapela told Wired.com. "There's no vulnerabilities, no protocol errors, there are no software problems. The problem arises (from) the level of interconnectivity that's needed to maintain this mess, to keep it all working.". It goes on to say that this was not known publicly outside of intelligence agencies previously (Hmm, I seem to recall being laughed at heartily a few weeks ago when I mentioned intelligence agencies may be able to do more than we think they can), and that even though VPN and encryption methods can help against this being used against you to spy, it still is a valuable tool to see who is talking to who (I also remember being ridiculed for saying encryption is not as tight as some like to believe, gee, I'm feeling kinda cheery right about now). Regardless, IMHO, we can all stop wasting so much time on the newest "block this and that" behavior apps, filter this and that firewalls, and all this other mess and just take basic precautions, because over the last month or so, between the DNS thing and now this, we're finding out we're finding out the internet itself is more dangerous and flawed than the software we patch every other Tuesday and use other software to armor them up. I hate to be all "the sky is falling" here, but hell, it is looking like to me that our biggest problem isn't hackers, trojans, or any of that mess, our biggest problem is that someone built the Internet with Swiss cheese. Edit: Further reporting added here :http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/08/how-to-intercep.html.