Increase in traffic to/from DSL subs since August?

Steven M. Bellovin smb at
Thu Nov 20 21:28:59 UTC 2003

In message < at LOCALHOST>, "Jared B. Reimer" wr
>Another independent ISP operator and I have noticed a pretty significant 
>increase in traffic to and from our broadband (DSL) subscribers since 
>August.  It's been a fairly steady uptick, at least in my case, resulting 
>in a doubling of overall average traffic to/from these folks since then.
>Have others seen a similar trend?  Any thoughts as to what the cause may 
>be?  Our best guess a virus/worm, possibly being used as a spam relay or 
>other proxy at this point...

At the IETF Plenary, Bernard Aboba showed a graph of spam, with a 
marked uptick since SoBig.F in August.  My guess is worm-deposited spam
relays, though Joel's guess of Nachi or Welchia can't be ruled out, 
either, without flow data.

		--Steve Bellovin,

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