Nato warns of strike against cyber attackers

Paul Ferguson fergdawgster at
Wed Jun 9 01:18:54 UTC 2010

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On Tue, Jun 8, 2010 at 5:45 PM, Dorn Hetzel <dhetzel at> wrote:

> Perhaps a government operated black-hole list, run by same friendly folks
> that run the no-fly list, with a law that says no US ISP can send packets
> to or accept packets from any IP on the list.
> Now that would be some real fun to watch! :)

Personally, I think that's a horrible idea -- there's a real slippery slope
to subjective blocking of "offensive" sites (not just malicious ones) like
what they are trying to do in Australia.

But again, since U.S. providers have demonstrated that they do not have the
desire, nor the will, to police themselves, it is hardly a surprise that
Government intervention is being considered as an alternative.

I think residential-broadband ISPs need to follow the lead of [e.g. Qwest,
Comcast, etc.], which are making a legitimate attempt to identify, notify,
and mitigate abusive/botnetted customers.

Also, the U.S. leads the rest of the world in hosting providers which are
hosting Eastern European criminal malfeasance -- this is a fact.

In other words, as things stand now, U.S. providers kind of deserve
whatever the U.S. Government dishes out,  since they have show that they do
not have a willingness to police their own backyards.

It is really sad, actually.

- - ferg

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