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Security Portal: Better Network Security Through Peer Pressure

May 31, 1999, 08:50 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Security Portal)

"Stopping Smurf and Spam"

"The Internet has always been a strong self-policing entity. ISPs, mail administrators and others have long collaborated in an effort to combat misuse of the Internet and security issues. In some cases, this self-policing has grown into full-blown web sites dedicated to searching, reporting and publishing information about Internet sites that are broken in some way. This approach has been taken for two problems common to the Internet: Smurf Amplifier Attacks and Third Party Mail Relay."

"Some people do not like the idea that organizations like those mentioned in this article are somehow self-appointed Internet vigilantes. To be sure, the self-righteous tone that many Internet technologists take in promoting their own view has made many newsgroups an unpleasant experience. However, the bottom line is that these sites are informational only, it is up to the administrators within each organization to decide what to do with this information. The Internet can be a very fragile entity without some rules, and getting these rules implemented via a little peer pressure as opposed to a lot of bureaucracy appeals to us."

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