TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Serious Vandalism on the Net Over the Holiday

Serious Vandalism on the Net Over the Holiday

Patrick Townson (
Sun, 26, Dec 2004 18:00:00 EST

It appears that over the Christmas holiday, some kiddie who got a
new toy computer to play with decided to do a number on many (most?
all?) newsgroups with several thousand trashy, stupid messages,
repeated over and over in various newsgroups.

I received messages from readers of c.d.t. who thought *I* could
possibly do something about it. This newsgroup got hit pretty badly,
but got it worst of all, I understand. I
had some email this afternoon with John Levine about this mess, and he

> This is quite unusual. It's been over a year since there's
> been a spew like this, and there wouldn't be now except that
> there appears to be one well-connected host in Europe whose
> management has taken the week off.

Then I asked:

> But even if the managment took the week off, didn't they have any
> bots on duty?

John then replied:

They have a dusty server that is misconfigured and lets anyone post
with fake credentials. Most likely it has been sitting there for a
couple of years, unused and unnoticed. The correct thing to do with
it is to pull the plug.

The group that's under attack, is
unmoderated so there's no approved line to handle.

I found a few dozen cross posts to c.d.t and sent out cancels for
them. As far as I can tell, the flood stopped this morning so
apparently they woke someone up.


John Levine Primary Perpetrator of The Internet for Dummies
Information Superhighwayman wanna-be,, Mayor
"I dropped the toothpaste", said Tom, crestfallenly.

[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: And I hope for all of you, the
Christmas holiday was as joyful and pleasant as it has been for me!

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