In other words, everything you say and do on the online platform will bring a “small tail” that shows the geographical location. However, this seemingly small change has caused a lot of “butterfly effect” on the Internet.
Although onlookers will watch with interest many online celebrities and Vs whose real IP territories have been made public, and water army fake purchasing agents have nowhere to hide, there will also be questions: will the public display of IP territorial information expose personal privacy? Is the IP territoriality information displayed credible? Will it be easily modified?
IP territory “bombed” people, Internet celebrities, KOL, purchasing agents panicked?
After the IP territory display, many star online celebrities, KOL big V, the anchor purchasing agent’s “human setting” has been broken.
A top star once responded to fan messages and moved fans to “break the defense”, but now the star is actually on another set when the Weibo, which shows that IP is in Beijing, is released, so it’s not the “favorite fan” himself.
Some netizens found that a large number of “Lai Sauce in Tokyo”, “NaNa in Britain”, “American Rabbit Mother”… Social accounts that share details of life abroad are changing their names one after another, because their IP territories are actually in Guangdong, Tianjin and Shandong.
On the other hand, the IP of the account “those things of Beijingers”, which focuses on local information, is located in Hunan, “Shenzhen eating, drinking and merrymaking”, “Chengdu food collection” and “Guangzhou eating and drinking collection”. They are all in Hunan.
There are also purchasing agents who are afraid of the “original form”. In order to gain the trust of customers, purchasing agents will often send some daily life abroad, but this is probably also a “human setting”.
“because my Weibo and Little Red Book show that IP is in Liaoning, a lot of regular customers are asking for returns.” Ning Ning, who has been working as a purchasing agent in Japan, aggrieved told China Economic Weekly that she began to work as a purchasing agent when she was studying in Japan and accumulated a lot of customers. after the epidemic returned home, she could only cooperate with her Japanese classmates, who were responsible for purchasing in Japan. she is responsible for operating platform accounts to pull customers and deliver goods in China.
But this set of explanations does not convince all customers that Ningning has significantly fewer orders. “I know that many purchasing agents are fake, and some steal our pictures and videos to deceive people.” Ning Ning is also very helpless.
In fact, various network platforms have launched this function one after another, in response to the relevant requirements of the “regulations on the Management of Internet user account name Information (draft for soliciting opinions)” issued by the State Internet Information Office last year. It clearly stipulates that the Internet user account service platform should display account IP address territoriality information on the Internet user account information page in a significant way. The territorial information of the IP address of the domestic Internet user account should be marked to the province (autonomous region and city), and the territorial information of the overseas account IP address should be marked to the country (region).
“from the perspective of network security, the disclosure of IP territory can effectively prevent fraud, facilitate users to identify false information, to a certain extent, help netizens improve the ability to identify network information, and improve the authenticity and transparency of network content.” 360 security expert GE Jian told China Economic Weekly.
Can you modify the IP dependency for $6.60? Security experts warn of risks
What is “IP dependency”? All Internet devices will be assigned an IP address, and each IP address has a home, which is your IP territory. To put it simply, it is the specific geographical location where your online behavior takes place.
So, is it a violation of personal privacy that the user’s IP is publicly displayed?
GE Jian said that the IP territory only shows at the provincial level and does not touch the scope of personal information. And in the “Internet user account name Information Management regulations (draft for soliciting opinions),” it is also clear that the platform shows the IP territory of Internet user accounts, which does not correspond to individuals, so it does not belong to personal information.
Although the disclosure of IP territories by Internet platforms will not reveal your privacy, if you modify IP territories for a variety of purposes, you are likely to cede your privacy and even become “prey” of black ash products.
The reporter found that with the launch of the IP home function, the business of paying “IP agents” is also booming, $6.6, $8.8, $9.9. On a number of e-commerce network platforms, there has been a business of hawking IP territorial modification services, which can be purchased on a single day, or on a monthly or annual basis, at a cost of about a few hundred to thousands of yuan.
Although various subsequent platforms have found that a large amount of such information has been cleaned up and removed from the shelves one after another, Ning Ning told reporters that many people in their purchasing agency circle can find “hanging ladders” (“IP agents”). “mature services are not difficult and expensive.” She said.
GE Jian also said that the need to modify IP has always existed on the Internet, such as the frequently heard “IP proxy” service, which can realize the function of changing IP territory.
According to GE Jian, users use “IP agent” for many purposes. For example, many practitioners of black gray products camouflage their identities by modifying their IP territories to avoid revealing their identities in tracing. “econnoisseur” repeatedly “offers” promotions and red packets by constantly changing IP. There are also users who want to accelerate the network through the IP agent, such as some overseas server games, the domestic IP can not log in normally or the network speed will be very slow; more common is to use VPN to “climb over the wall” to visit overseas websites.
In other words, “IP agent” is actually a very common and mature network technology, and even has formed a commercial product. But the technology itself is not good or bad, the key depends on the use and purpose of the user.
Some people hawk the IP territorial modification service
According to GE Jian, early IP agents mainly switched IP through fixed-line IP, and derived all kinds of “VPN” that specialize in selling IP agent resources. However, due to the limited IP resources, some people have begun to use the “second dial” way to maliciously obtain the IP resources of operators.
“the use of second dial IP’, black ash production molecules can quickly change IP or designate IP belonging places, bypass the restrictions of time, region and times, and directly bypass the risk control of platform IP. This kind of second dial IP with low cost and high concealment is gradually becoming a new trend of IP agents.” GE Jian said.
In addition, the reporter also learned from several e-commerce, social platform, the recent platform is also increasing through the “IP agent” to modify IP territory prevention efforts.
But network security will always be “as virtue rises one foot and vice rises ten”. For example, for platform regulation, second dial IP will be misjudged. “due to the random selection of the second dial IP, when the IP is abandoned by the second dial gang and transferred to the hands of normal users in a short period of time, if the platform closes the IP because of the former’s’ wool ‘behavior, it will affect the account use of normal users.” GE Jian said.
However, a number of security experts have advised: users should not try to change IP territory, let alone believe that the “IP agent” business is easy and simple, because you are likely to become the “prey” of black ash products.
GE Jian said that although in the current law, there are no relevant penalties for ordinary netizens to use IP agents to surf the Internet normally, using IP agents has a certain risk, because it is easy to disclose browsing records, account passwords and other user information in the process, and once it is targeted by hackers and used by gray underground industry, it may cause serious consequences.
However, illegal IP agents have been severely cracked down on across the country. Data from the Ministry of Public Security show that in 2021, during the “net 2021” operation, the Ministry of Public Security specifically targeted at network television and “dynamic IP agents” and other key basic resources for the breeding of illegal and harmful information on the Internet, and investigated and dealt with 146 illegal network television platforms in accordance with the law, and shut down more than 13000 illegal broadband lines and more than 5, 000 broadband Internet accounts.