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Re: What would you tell the White House?

  • From: John R. Levine
  • Date: Sun Feb 13 20:13:02 2000
  • Newsgroups: local.nanog

>If you had the opportunity, what would you tell the politicans?  Try to
>avoid technical jargon.  Imagine someone from the Old Executive Office
>Building is reading this list and will need to summarize the suggestions.

My suggestion would be pretty simple: this sort of denial-of-service
attack is already grossy illegal in all 50 states and probably under
federal law as well, so no new laws are needed.  The problem is
figuring out who's behind it.

Furthermore, ISPs and NSPs have plenty of incentive to track the bad
guys down now that their noses have been rubbed in it.  The only thing
I'd ask from the government is a limited anti-trust waiver so that
competing ISPs and NSPs can set up joint task forces and the like to
track and respond to such attacks without having to worry that they'd
be seen as colluding too much under anti-trust law.

John R. Levine, IECC, POB 727, Trumansburg NY 14886 +1 607 387 6869, Village Trustee and Sewer Commissioner,, 
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