Huge smurf attack

Jay R. Ashworth jra at
Thu Jan 14 01:57:02 UTC 1999

On Tue, Jan 12, 1999 at 12:54:23PM -0800, Dalvenjah FoxFire wrote:
> Right; that stuff applies to *directly causing* the attack though (e.g.
> hacking root on a colocated linux box and typing ./smurf
> I'm talking about filing some sort of legal action against the intermediaries
> (smurf relays) who get used by the cracker during the smurf; IANAL, but
> I would presume if you could show negligence in not being vigilant about
> security, and then do something showing that they indirectly caused you
> damage, you could get some sort of action taken against the relays.

The (direct) analogy is landlords who are sued after their tenants
notify them about dangerous conditions, which they fail to fix in a
workmanlike and expeditious fashion.

There's _endless_ case law on this, and even though IANAL, I have some
cites available somewhere.

-- jra
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