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[REBOL] Re: The Attacks on GRC.COM

From: doublec:acc at: 6-Jun-2001 11:16

Installing a firewall wouldn't have done him any good because it was the bandwidth over his T1 lines that was being drained. A firewall would stop the packets getting through but the traffic would still travel over the T1 lines resulting in effectively being knocked off the internet. That's why the filtering was done at a level before the T1 lines were reached. That's why a firewall is not always an effective solution. I have an ADSL line that I pay for by volume (Telecom Jetstream) and if an attack like that was directed at my machine it would do not harm...except I'd not be able to use the internet due to all my bandwidth being used even though my firewall would stop it - and I'd be paying for the huge volume of traffic going into my modem. The problem is worse with things like Saturn Cable where you have a static IP address. It's enough to make you go back to dial up modem. Chris.
>>> [gchiu--compkarori--co--nz] 06/05 8:18 >>>
On Mon, 4 Jun 2001 21:20:18 -0700 Pretty scary stuff. Though I wonder why if he knew which PCs were attacking him, and he had access to that IRC channel, he just couldn't send commands to the bots to stop the attack, or better still, to download a firewall and install it!