White House to Propose System for Wide Monitoring of Internet (fwd)

Stephen Sprunk ssprunk at cisco.com
Mon Dec 23 19:19:38 UTC 2002

Thus spake <Valdis.Kletnieks at vt.edu>
> On Mon, 23 Dec 2002 13:26:16 EST, batz said:
> > The interjurisdictional administrative hell makes it more cost
> > effective to just lock down your network than to re-enact The Cuckoos
> > Egg.
> Unfortunately, this is (or should be) part of the threat model. What
> makes you think that J Random Cyberterrorist is any stupider than
> the guys Stoll was chasing?

Whether they're smart or dumb is moot when there's 100+ human attacks (not
[D]DoS) against your network every day, plus tens of thousands of worms.
It's simply not possible to respond in any meaningful way.

Even if you could track down each attacker, they are often in countries that
don't consider hacking a crime and won't grant extradition.  This is why
many organizations (eg .MIL) try to filter non-US addresses.


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