Kim Dotcom’s internet connection was being diverted inside New Zealand weeks before the Government Communications Security Bureau says it started spying on him.
The Herald has obtained details showing Telecom engineers and staff at its technology services company Gen-I were investigating irregularities with his internet connection in November.
Information held by the Herald shows Gen-I studied data showing the amount of time it took information on the internet connection to reach the Xbox server. It went from 30 milliseconds to 180 milliseconds – a huge increase for online gamers.
The reason for the extra time emerged in a deeper inquiry, which saw a “Trace Route” search which tracks internet signals from their origin to their destinations. When the results were compared it showed the internet signal was being diverted inside New Zealand.
You can try this at home! Open a command prompt and type tracert http://www.google.com and press enter, and your computer will tell you all the different machines it passes through to get to google. (You can also try it at work, but your company probably won’t let you trace route through the firewall.)
Anyway, I’m not a fancy networking guy but this sounds a bit strange to me. Do you really need to divert someone’s traffic to monitor it?