AS8584 taking over the internet

Jason L. Weisberger jweis at
Fri Apr 10 05:26:03 UTC 1998

> Intent doesn't really matter. The fact remains that it's possible for
> someone to screw up the rest of the internet. This doesn't mean that
> a quick decision on what to do about it needs to be reached; it does
> however mean that a *good* decision on what to do about it and how to
> prevent the problem needs to be reached.

Look, it think its happened to all of us. Its 4am, your pager goes off and
you have a message that someone in Boliva is announcing your /16. Or even
worse, its 4am, you just got to sleep and your pager goes off and you
announced someone in Boliva's /16. You wake up and fix it. 

Having strong filters on what routes you will and will not accept from
your downstreams is important - so Joe Terrorist or Joe Halfaclue can't
screw up and cause you trouble. Generally if the people doing the bulk of
the route trading are managing things well this shouldn't be a problem
and we'll all continue to live with the possibility that we'll be woken up
in the middle of the night for minor and friendly glitches. 

Jason Weisberger
Chief of Network Operations
SoftAware, Inc. - 310/305-0275

"You may be whatever you resolve to be."
-Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson

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