Solution: Re: Huge smurf attack

Joe Shaw jshaw at
Fri Jan 15 00:13:08 UTC 1999

But I'm not talking about catching the person who's initiating the
attacks, which is next to impossible if the amplifiers aren't willing or
able to help.   I'm concerned about the FBI possibly playing a part in
shutting down the amplifiers.  As the FBI agent who I talked with a week
ago said "We want to hear about any incident that happens because we do
trend tracking."  Lord knows if enough people reported large smurf attacks
they'd at least do something.

Joseph Shaw        - jshaw at
NetAdmin/Security  - Insync Internet Services
Free UNIX advocate - "I hack, therefore I am."

On Thu, 14 Jan 1999, Brandon Ross wrote:

> On Thu, 14 Jan 1999, Joe  Shaw wrote:
> > My only question is do any of you who've been under attack report these
> > incidents to the FBI and the other appropriate agencies?
> We report these incidents to the FBI when there is at least a slim chance
> that the perpetrator might be caught.  We get a lot of very short lived
> attacks (30 minutes or less) that just don't seem to be worth our time to
> report to the FBI, since there's usually no data that would give them a
> bit of a clue about who might have done it.
> Brandon Ross            Network Engineering     404-815-0770 800-719-4664
> Director, Network Engineering, MindSpring Ent., Inc.  info at
>                                                             ICQ:  2269442
> Stop Smurf attacks!  Configure your router interfaces to block directed
> broadcasts. See for details.

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