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18.104.22.1688 (Apr 21, 2012)
Hello all, I hope you are doing well. I am here today to show the world just what Charles Deweese really is. Charles Deweese, allow me to introduce myself. I'm one of the victims of your shameless privacy invading schemes. As a note of explanation for other readers of this dire message, Charles Deweese's "strategic initiatives" have been to send throngs of Deweese bots to come here and sully the opposition's reputation. What I mean to say is that what I have been writing up to this point is not what I initially intended to write - but I'm emotionally drained and must give the world the truth. Instead, I decided it would be far more productive to tell you that I don't see how Charles Deweese can build a workable policy around wishful thinking draped over a morass of confusion (and also, as we'll see below, historical illiteracy), then impose it willy-nilly on a population by force. I'm not saying that it can't possibly be done but rather that I, speaking as someone who is not duplicitous - I unquestionably hope that the truth will prevail and that justice will be served before Charles Deweese does any real damage. Or is it already too late? The bigger question is the following: What would Charles Deweese's response be if someone suggested that Charles Deweese's half-measures are founded on bald-faced lies? Several highly cynical answers suggest themselves, but let it suffice to say that Charles Deweese has been detaching people from their morally established systems of belief. It's time to even the score. I, for one, suggest that we begin by notifying people of the fact that I think I know why so many mumpish dorks generate alienation and withdrawal. It's because Charles Deweese has whipped them into a blind frenzy by telling them that we should all bear the brunt of his actions. Unfortunately for Charles Deweese, the ground truth is that if anything, many people lie. However, Charles Deweese lies with such ease it's troubling.
The fact is ftp is not encrypted. And encrypted packets are produced by this program. They connect to a server which is not the ftp server intended. WHY does DEWEESE connect to other servers? WHY are the PACKETS encrypted!
3.8 Beta (3.7.3 Build 1280) (Sep 2, 2008)
As a CCIE, I see a lot of network traffic. I am in Wireshark/ethereal all day long.
I have on several occasions seen non-transfer protocol traffic coming from FlashFXP applications on the network. The content is certainly not related to file transfers and is not encrypted file transfer. What comes from the application, in the data portion of the packet, is encrypted non-trivially. It would seem to me that the accusations of calling home are valid, and if the call-home is simply a registration check to fight piracy, I'm certainly curious as to why this can't be done un-encrypted.
I have issues with programs that initiate unrequested communications with outside hosts, and this one does just that. Corporate policies often include blacklisting this program.
I would recommend the free and open-source ftp/scp/sftp handler WinSCP. Its not nearly as featured and won't do FXP (rarely needed anymore), and is written by honest open people.