Getting a Peek at Peekabooty
Hacktivismo, a subset of the famed Cult of the Dead Cow hacker group, will demonstrate its long-awaited Peekabooty software next month at a small peer-to-peer and network security conference in San Francisco.Hacktivismo, a subset of the famed Cult of the Dead Cow hacker group, will demonstrate its long-awaited Peekabooty software next month at a small peer-to-peer and network security conference in San Francisco. There has been a lot of discussion about what exactly Peekabooty is, but Hacktivismo has been quiet on the subject, preferring to let the speculation build interest in the project. But the software will finally see the light of day at CodeCon 2002, which runs Feb. 15 through 17. The software is designed to enable users to access Web content through distributed collaborative privacy networks, according to the groups Web site. It uses distributed computing technology to route packets through multiple nodes and to then reassemble them at the destination address. The software can also discover other nodes on the network as they become available. Some members of the network will simply relay content, while others will host it.
Peekabooty sprang out of cDcs interest in human rights and anti-censorship causes and is meant for use mainly by people in countries such as China where use of the Internet is severely restricted or forbidden. Hacktivismo members acknowledge that simply installing the Peekabooty software on their machine may put some users at risk and hint that there are ways around that problem.