Spitballing IoT Security

Eric S. Raymond esr at thyrsus.com
Sun Oct 30 05:59:05 UTC 2016

Ronald F. Guilmette <rfg at tristatelogic.com>:
> In message <20161030044342.GA18488 at thyrsus.com>, 
> "Eric S. Raymond" <esr at thyrsus.com> wrote:
> >Ronald F. Guilmette <rfg at tristatelogic.com>:
> >>                         Two kids with a modest amount of knowledge
> >> and a lot of time on their hands can do it from their mom's basement.
> >
> >I in turn have to call BS on this.  If it were really that easy, we'd
> >be inundated by Mirais -- we'd have several attacks a *day*.
> You need to get out more.
>     http://www.nab.org/cybersecurity/Verisign-report-ddos-trends-Q22016.pdf
> It *is* happening every day.  You just don't hear about it on CNN because
> a "little"  80Mbps DDoS isn't even worthy of a headline anymore, even
> though such an attack could CRUSH a local bank, and even many regional
> banks into utter oblivion.
> Now, where did I put those bitcoins...  It's ransom time!

Don't change the subject.  An effective DDoS against any single site is, though
concerning, not a Mirai-class event. The difference matters, and you shouldn't
be pretending it does to score rhetorical points.
		<a href="http://www.catb.org/~esr/">Eric S. Raymond</a>

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