posted on Nov, 4 2008 @ 07:07 AM
reply to post by nj2day
I hear ya buddy, but please note that the MAC address does not tell you WHERE the internet device is located. (The outside IP address tells them
where.) However, I'm sure that through triangulation or through ISP router access they (the gov’t) can determine where you are physically on the
planet; or at least on the network while you are plugged into the internet.
For a laptop that keeps moving from one access point to another, I think it is traceable after-the-fact, but not able to be tracked in real-time.
Unless the laptop stays in one place for a long time.
One thing of interest is that most routers, firewalls or internet appliances CAN CLONE MAC addresses. Create a whole bunch of cloned MAC address
appliances and place them on the internet, then it becomes difficult to determine which one is the live one. I'm not saying this is fool-proof, but
it's worth some investigating (which I have not done.) This will also lead to problems with the ISP as when they try to “talk” to your device,
more than device one will respond. It is not the preferred method. Your ISP may get mad at you for screwing up their network.
When the RIAA sues people, they use the MAC address to nail you down. The outside IP address determines the location (street address, apt number), but
the MAC determines which PC is being used. Most of the time, DHCP is active on the router/firewall so that all Internal IP addresses are close to
192.168.1.1 or a similar variant. The last number may change for your network segment, but the 1st 3 numbers will not. The MAC address is like the
social security number for the device you have been authorized to use and it will not change like your IP dynamic IP address does. The MAC address is
hard coded into the internet device.
What may work is cloning the MAC address of say a Cable TV DVR onto your PC or router so when it's traced back they come up with a DVR committing a
crime on its own. (Surely a dead-end for the RIAA investigators.)
Best method that I can think of is to turn off (or unplug the network wire from) the cable modem or DSL router so it does not broadcast its MAC or IP
addresses. Turn it on only when needed; then turn off again. (Obviously you will loose the internet during this time.) Also, moving the cable modem or
DSL router from house to (different) house in an effort to further screw up the people trying to nail you down can work.
Ultimately, if you don’t want to get caught, then don’t perpetrate any crime. That’s the surest way to avoid problems.