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Advogato.org: Open Projects Net: Denial of Service Attacks

Nov 08, 2000, 01:50 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Levin)

"Open Projects provides interactive facilities for coordination and support to groups and projects involved with open source. We run between 1,500 and 2,000 clients and are home to such projects as Debian GNU/Linux and Enlightenment. We've had our share of difficulties recently, but we're continuing on."

"The past few weeks have been quite an experience. Last week one of our hubs on Open Projects started going up and down like a yoyo. I'd seen that behavior in this normally very reliable server in recent weeks and not thought much of it, since the company in question was in the process of moving its facilities and reliability issues do sometimes creep in during such moves. But we soon obtained a little bit more insight into the problem. After watching the server perform a loop-de-loop, I received a /MSG from a rather peremptory and anonymous skript kiddie informing me that if I didn't permanently remove the sponsor's server from the network, he would kill my home ADSL line and take down Open Projects until he got his way. It seems he feels the sponsor owes him money. I'm afraid I wasn't very polite in my response. Feeling that one can hardly allow psychotic delinquents to dictate network policy, I explained to him that while he might very well be able to take down our network, he was not going to set policy, and specifically I would not entertain the notion of removing our sponsor's machine."

"The last week has been interesting. Apparently this petulant child has something over 45Mbps to play with, and he's moderately competent with SYN attacks and so on. In various incidents throughout the week he packeted ISP's and universities and small companies to death to demonstrate his, uh, prowess with borrowed equipment. Currently he has proclaimed that he'll be taking down our network once a day for an hour until his wishes are granted. All I can say is that he's going to be doing it for a long time if that's the case; the heat death of the universe isn't due to arrive for some time."

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