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Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 7 August 2001

Note: the comments below are the unabridged submissions of readers and do
not necessarily reflect the opinions of the publisher.

 


From: Neil
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: Zone Alarm - personal firewalls

Bruce, I downloaded Zone Alarm for my home dial up PC
recently and in the last few days I've been amazed at some
of the probes it has picked up.  There seem to be quite a
lot lately from Taiwan and Korea.  I don't know what the
reason for these are but I'm certainly glad that I
downloaded the free version of Zone Alarm - it's very
simple and I'd agree with your recommendation for anyone to
get it for their home pc.




From: pipes
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: Code Red Fun

root@netlife:/usr/local/apache/logs# cat *error_log | grep
default.ida > idafools.txt
root@netlife:/usr/local/apache/logs# wc -l idafools.txt
    914 idafools.txt

Not bad for a few days work.... (since 5th August)

Seems to be alot of Chinese based servers shining though at
the moment too.

Needless to say, poor snort is having a rough time. =)




From: Michael
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: Telecom Hackers?

I wonder if any of the computers at Telecom could be used
for hacking?

I reckon some of the naughty boys and girls down at Telecom
are using their computers for hacking!!!

Have they EVER probed the ports of their customers
computers??

I think we should send in the Computer Police to check out
thier computers...




From: Stewart Gray
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: Measuring the effect of DoS attempts

Reading your article about DoS scans potentially costing
ADSL users a lot of money I thought id mention BlackICE
Defender. Ive started using it recently on my home machine,
althogh ive been using it for a while on work machines. One
feature is that it will actually measure how many k of
packets have been received from Attacks on your system. On
my dialup since 4oclock yesterday I have received 550k of
attack packets on my system. Most comprise of HTTP Probes
which arent too malicious apparently. Would be a good tool
for adsl users wanting to monitor how much these naughty
people are costing them !



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