If I get the time today, and if my friend is willing to come and take me in his car, I will go out and buy some satellite equipment. Very basic stuff, the kind of stuff that's available on the roof of every house/apartment in Libya. Yes I'm talking about a Satellite Dish, an LNB -called a Head/"Raas"-, and a motor. As anyone who read my blog knows, I've recently moved to Tripoli, taht's why I still don't have a TV in my appartment, and I don't plan on buying a TV set because I have a computer and a Sat-Card which I can watch satellite TV with, that is ofcourse AFTER I install the stuff I talked about. You might be wondering by now, "what the hell has all this got to do with security?", bear with me :) , you'll soon understand where I'm going with this. As most people know, one of the most used methods for Internet Access is Internet Via Satellite, 1-way and 2-way sat connections. I'm not sure about Tripoli, but at least in Benghazi most internet cafe's use this type of connection to access the internet. In a nutshell, in this method the information is transferred between a computer and the internet servers by satellite. So when I type "yahoo.com" in my browser, that little request is transmitted from my PC to a special type of modem and then to the satellite dish [SENDER] which sends it to a geo-stationary satellite in space, that satellite sends the request down to another satellite dish [RECIEVER] which is connected to a computer. The request is processed on that computer and the information [WEBPAGE, FILE ......] is sent back on the same route but in reverse, all the way back to the sender, which will now be a reciever. Ok, so what's so interesting? Think about it, a satellite doesn't transmit a small laser beam, it transmits a wide-area radio wave, what I mean is it doesn't send the information to a specific point, it transmits the data to a very large area, but only the computer waiting for that data will pick it up. So when I'm downloading a file from the internet, the satellite is transmitting that file to a large area, maybe all of Tripoli, maybe all of Libya, maybe even larger than that. But why do I get that file and only me? because my computer sent the request, so it knows what to look for. Some might think this is complex, trust me it isn't. Think about it, there are millions of files being sent down from satellites all the time, a lot of people downloading files, reading their emails, sending pictures to each other, a lot of data, WHAT IF YOUR COMPUTER CATCHES ALL THAT DATA??? I mean, I can tell my computer to recieve everything, not just files that I've requested, but also the files that other people are requesting. If someone downloads a videoclip then he'll recieve it AND SO WILL I!!! if someone opens photos that were sent to them in an email attachement then I WILL HAVE THEM ON MY COMPUTER!!!Let me ask you again: How secure do you think you are?let me tell you, you aren't as secure as you might think.
Do you need special equipment? NO!!! all what's needed is standard cheap components!!!
Do I need special software? YES, but it's also available on the internet
As soon as I get my satellite system installed, I'm gonna set it up to do this -in addition to watching TV on my PC- , so be ware, I might be watching what you're downloading >:D