The CIA mentions us

Stephane Bortzmeyer <bortzmeyer@nic.fr> Tue, 07 March 2017 15:54 UTC

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In the Vault7 leak (malware library of the CIA
<https://wikileaks.org/ciav7p1/>), there is a page giving advices to
malware authors: how to avoid leaving traces
<https://wikileaks.org/ciav7p1/cms/page_14587109.html>. Among very
good advices, it talks of the IETF:

DO use ITEF [sic] RFC compliant network protocols as a blending
layer. The actual data, which must be encrypted in transit across the
network, should be tunneled through a well known and standardized
protocol (e.g. HTTPS)

Custom protocols can stand-out to network analysts and IDS filters.