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Re: What percentage of the Internet Traffic is junk?
- From: Iljitsch van Beijnum
- Date: Thu May 06 12:24:30 2004
On 5-mei-04, at 21:55, Steve Gibbard wrote:
If a few of you can stop being so pedantic for a second, the definition
looks pretty easy to me: traffic unlikely to be wanted by the
Presumably, if it's being sent that means somebody wanted to send it,
the senders' desires are a pretty meaningless metric.
The harder pieces are going to be defining what traffic is unwanted in
I think if someone sends something back that isn't an error, then at
some level the traffic is desired. However, this only works at one
layer in the stack: DDoS packets aren't replied to, so they can be
categorized as abusive at the IP level. However, even though spam
emails aren't replied to (hopefully, and not counting bounces), the TCP
port 25 packets flow in both directions, so at the IP level spam isn't
way that scales to large-scale measurement.
(There are a few corner cases where legitimate traffic only flows in
one direction but this is very unusual.)