Virgin Media is trialling a scheme that will identify whether its broadband
customers are illegally downloading.
The ISP is using Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) to identify the type of traffic
(email, web surfing, gaming etc) a broadband connection is being used for.
Any file-sharing activity will be then be checked against a database of music
According to Detica, which is working with Virgin Media on the system, it can
identify whether the download is simply family photos or a music album, and if
so the artist and title.