"Defensive" BGP hijacking?

Blake Hudson blake at ispn.net
Mon Sep 12 15:24:03 UTC 2016

Hugo Slabbert wrote on 9/11/2016 3:54 PM:
> Hopefully this is operational enough, though obviously leaning more towards the policy side of things:
> What does nanog think about a DDoS scrubber hijacking a network "for defensive purposes"?
> http://krebsonsecurity.com/2016/09/alleged-vdos-proprietors-arrested-in-israel/
> "For about six hours, we were seeing attacks of more than 200 Gbps hitting us,” Townsend explained. “What we were doing was for defensive purposes. We were simply trying to get them to stop and to gather as much information as possible about the botnet they were using and report that to the proper authorities.”


My suggestion is that BackConnect/Bryant Townsend should have their ASN 
revoked for fraudulently announcing another organization's address 
space. They are not law enforcement, they did not have a warrant or 
judicial oversight, they were not in immediate mortal peril, etc, etc.

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