Black Frog - the botnets keep coming

Gadi Evron ge at
Thu May 25 15:17:56 UTC 2006

On Thu, 25 May 2006, Henry Linneweh wrote:
> Personally as a manager I want to know the problem and
> then the workable solution. I just don't see that many
> bot nets happening anymore. 
> >From my vantage point I do see students writing bot
> nets more for programming skills than for malicious
> attacks. 
> With several hundred million people and computers on
> the inter network, there will always be an aberration,
> caused by some social or mental or emotional defect.
> Workable technical solutions, not new laws or rants
> will make these issues, less of an issue operationally
> in the long run.

Hello Henry, I quite agree. However, as far as I see the Internet is no
longer the altruistic friendly place it was built to be, and technical
solutions are either 10 years late or dependant on who implements them.

Do I want to see the government(s) meddle with the Internet? No. Is it
going to happen? Yes, although I wish for it not to, as I am not sure what
effect that will have.

What alternative do you see?

As to botnets, the numbers, unfortunately, speak for themselves.

Half a million new bots a day (give or take a few hundred thousand), which
is really not a relevant number in my opinion.

I'm just happy there are communities such as NANOG out there, but when it
comes down to it, the Good online is based on good faith. The Bad is based
on cold Cash. Some lose as much as a million dollars a day on phishing, as
an example.

> -Henry


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