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Re: Counter DoS
- From: Gregory Taylor
- Date: Thu Mar 11 02:13:21 2004
I remember the sidewinder. They had a huge marketing campaign aimed at
convincing the customer that their firewalls were inpenetrable. Their
firewalls didn't sell all that well, and those that did sell, proved to
be a colossal failure. I still have a deck of 'sidewinder' playing
cards from COMDEX. (Sorry for being off topic, just thought that was
funny and brought back some nostalgia)
Sean Donelan wrote:
On Wed, 10 Mar 2004, Steven M. Bellovin wrote:
In message <0aa101c40707$eebc2650$dbc21e43@Somi>, "Joshua Brady" writes:
Any publicity is good publicity.
http://news.zdnet.co.uk/internet/security/0,39020375,39148215,00.htmThe phrase "seriously bad idea" comes to mind. Other phrases include
"illegal", "collateral damage", and "stupid".
They haven't actually explained or shown what their product does. Just a
bunch of puffery to get the press to write about them.
In the 1990's another company announced their new security product:
"Sidewinder: The firewall that strikes back!" at the National Computer
Security Conference in Baltimore. Sidewinder used lots of information
warfare quotes from Winn Schwartau and ex-military types staffing their
I wouldn't be surprised when they finally reveal their product it is a lot
less than the hype. Right now its a bit like a movie the movie studio
won't give the critics an advanced screening, but has a big advertising
budget. Usually that is a sign of a stinker.