Nato warns of strike against cyber attackers

Michiel Klaver michiel at
Wed Jun 9 11:19:04 UTC 2010

> ----- Original message -----
> All that said, the biggest problem is users.  Social Engineering is a far bigger threat than anything in software.  And I don't know how we stop that.  Anyone have an idea?

Users will click anything they find 'interesting', can't change that part up 
front. However, after those users get infected with whatever 
virii/worm/botnet client came along, you could detect it [1] and place them 
into a quarantaine vlan routing all traffic to an information page stating 
they have done something stupid and educate them how to clean-up and 
avoiding it from happening in the future again.

This will stop the abuse almost instantly (if the detection and vlan move is 
done automatically), and it will educate users afterwards by learning from 
their msitakes. Most users appreciate such kind of warnings from their own 
ISP (afraid of loosing documents by a virus) and are willing to clean-up. 
You could charge fees when users need clean-up assistance.

[1] Projects like scan all kinds of botnets and (after a 
sign-up) send out notifications to your abuse-desk when they find infected 
hosts at your IP subnets. You could also setup your own Snort IDS with the 
detection rules from

With kind regards,

Michiel Klaver
IT Professional

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