reviving the [email protected] mailing list: a new statregy in fighting cyber crime
ge at linuxbox.org
Thu Aug 28 07:50:34 CDT 2008
The public [email protected] mailing list, where malicious activity on the Internet can
be openly shared, has been revived, and boy is it active.
Warning: live samples and malicious URLs are openly shared there.
NANOG relevance: These can be operationally used by ISP security
operators not of those "in the know" to block new attacks and to identify
abusers in their own networks.
Reminder: this mailing list was started to take off-topic traffic from
Mailing list URL: http://www.whitestar.linuxbox.org/mailman/listinfo/botnets
Reasons, thinking and explanations:
A couple of years ago I started a mailing list where folks not necessarily
involved with the vetted, trusted, closed and snobbish circles of cyber crime
fighting (some founded by me) could share information and be informed of
In this post I explore some of the history behind information sharing online,
and explain the concept behind the botnets mailing list. Feel free to skip
ahead if you find the history boring. Also, do note the history in this post is
mixed with my own opinions. As I am one of the only people who where there in
the beginning though and lived through all of it, I feel free to do so (in my
own blog post).
As I conclude, we may not be able to always share our resources, but it is time
to change the tide of the cyber crime war, and strategize. One of the
strategies we need to use, or at least try, is public information sharing of
"lesser evils" already in the public domain.
To fight a war, you have to be involved and engaged. On the Internet that is
very difficult, but the Russians found a way. It is a fact that while we made
much progress in our efforts fighting cyber crime, we had nearly no effect
what-so-ever on the criminals and the attackers. Non. They maintain their
business and we play at writing analysis and whack-a-mole.
Using the botnets mailing list, I am burrowing a page from the apparent Russian
cyber war doctrine, getting people involved, engaged. Personally aware and a
part of what's going on.
It can't hurt us, and perhaps now, four years over-due and two years after the
previous attempt, we may be ready to give it a go and test the concept.
"You don't need your firewalls! Gadi is Israel's firewall."
-- Itzik (Isaac) Cohen, "Computers czar", Senior Deputy to the Accountant General,
Israel's Ministry of Finance, at the government's CIO conference, 2005.
(after two very funny self-deprication quotes, time to even things up!)
My profile and resume:
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