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My neighbours are stealing my wireless internet access. I could encrypt it or alternately I could have fun.

Split the network

I'm starting here by splitting the network into two parts, the trusted half and the untrusted half. The trusted half has one netblock, the untrusted a different netblock. We use the DHCP server to identify mac addresses to give out the relevant addresses.


ddns-updates off;
ddns-update-style interim;

shared-network local {

        subnet *.*.*.* netmask {
                range *.*.*.* *.*.*.*;
                option routers *.*.*.*;
                option subnet-mask;
                option domain-name "XXXXX";
                option domain-name-servers *.*.*.*;
                deny unknown-clients;

                host trusted1 {
                        hardware ethernet *:*:*:*:*:*;
                        fixed-address *.*.*.*;

        subnet netmask {
                option routers;
                option subnet-mask;
                option domain-name-servers;
                allow unknown-clients;


IPtables is Fun!

Suddenly everything is kittens! It's kitten net.

/sbin/iptables -A PREROUTING -s -p tcp -j DNAT --to-destination

For the uninitiated, this redirects all traffic to kittenwar.

For more fun, we set iptables to forward everything to a transparent squid proxy running on port 80 on the machine.

/sbin/iptables -A PREROUTING -s -p tcp -m tcp --dport 80 -j DNAT --to-destination

That machine runs squid with a trivial redirector that downloads images, uses mogrify to turn them upside down and serves them out of its local webserver.

The redirection script

$count = 0;
$pid = $$;
while (<>) {
        chomp $_;
        if ($_ =~ /(.*\.jpg)/i) {
                $url = $1;
                system("/usr/bin/wget", "-q", "-O","/space/WebPages/images/$pid-$count.jpg", "$url");
                system("/usr/bin/mogrify", "-flip","/space/WebPages/images/$pid-$count.jpg");
                print "$pid-$count.jpg\n";
        elsif ($_ =~ /(.*\.gif)/i) {
                $url = $1;
                system("/usr/bin/wget", "-q", "-O","/space/WebPages/images/$pid-$count.gif", "$url");
                system("/usr/bin/mogrify", "-flip","/space/WebPages/images/$pid-$count.gif");
                print "$pid-$count.gif\n";

        else {
                print "$_\n";;

Then the internet looks like this!

And if you replace flip with -blur 4 you get the blurry-net

I made xkcd - how cool is that ?

Here's an email I received from Fraser at kittenwar,

Hi Pete,
Apologies for the unsolicited mail, but I thought I'd drop you a line to
say how much I like your Upside-Down-Ternet advice for confusing wireless

Every so often I receive extremely irate e-mails from people claiming
that my Kittenwar site is playing host to some kind of nefarious virus
preventing them from accessing the web, accusing me of practising all
sorts of dark arts - to which I politely respond that I'm terribly sorry,
but this only usually happens to people who are using someone else's
wireless connection, and pointing them in the direction of your site.
This has happened dozens of times over the last few years, and you know
what? None of them have ever got back to me after I point this out.

It seems that the team also turned their bit of the internet upside down.

gotmi1k has redone this page for the Web 2.0 generation and turned the entire technical explanation into a video. They did write some more scripts for messing about with the images and I must confess that the asciiart filter and time machine options are particularly inspired.

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