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Re: Government scrutiny is headed our way

  • From: Karl Denninger
  • Date: Tue Jun 16 14:21:17 1998

On Tue, Jun 16, 1998 at 10:44:47AM -0700, Michael Dillon wrote:
> Government scrutiny is headed our way
> The feds are worried that it is too hard to track down cyber attackers.
> Although the article doesn't say this explicitly I expect that it won't be
> long before we see politicians calling for some sort of mandated tracing
> capabilities between network providers
> And since IOPS is hosted by a government funded
> agency located on the outskirts of DC, I expect that it will be involved
> in this whole thing.
> If we could track attacks to their source more quickly, then government
> would not feel the need to intervene. This may require some changes to
> router software but unless network operators ask for the changes, the
> manufacturers will not do it.
> We need some sort of protocol that will recursively track spoofed source
> address packets back to their source one hop at a time. Given a
> destination address the protocol would track it to the previous hop router
> and recurively initiate the same tracking procedure on that router. Once
> the attack is tracked to the source, the probe would unroll and report the
> results to all routers along the probe path for logging or reporting. 
> We have seen that when misconfigured equipment can be quickly identified,
> such as the smurf amplifiers, then we can apply pressure and get things
> fixed. Similarly if we can quickly identify the source of a spoofed source
> address attack then we can apply pressure to get filters in place and have
> people arrested or secure an insecure machine as the case may be.
> --
> Michael Dillon                 -               Internet & ISP Consulting
> Memra Communications Inc.      -               E-mail:
>           -  *check out the new name & new website*

It is about goddamn time, and I hope the government DOES get involved.

Try calling ANY of the major NOCs to get a smurf traced.  Good luck.  I 
have yet to have even attacks going on for more than an hour successfully
traced back to their source.

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