[REBOL] Re: The Attacks on GRC.COM
From: gchiu:compkarori at: 6-Jun-2001 12:41
On Wed, 06 Jun 2001 11:16:39 +1200
"Chris Double" <[DoubleC--acc--co--nz]> wrote:
> 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.
I guess I wasn't too clear in what I wrote. I meant (tongue
in cheek) that he should have reprogammed the infected
machine's bot to download a firewall to protect that PC.
It's just a step up from the bot downloading a newer version
of itself. That might alert the owner's that their machines
> 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.
I've been a little worried about that scenario as well. I
guess if you could show it was a DOS attack, they shouldn't
charge you and they should be responsible for blocking it
> 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.