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TCSOTD 2007-10-23

‘They are advertising vibrating cock rings on Channel Four.’

Network Monitoring Appliance Looks Below 1 Microsecond

A fun new Quirkology video: The Prediction

Viacom puts Eight Year Daily Show archive online

Law Firm Claims Copyright on View of HTML Source

IFPI loses domain name

London’s 10,000 security cameras don’t reduce crime

comp.risks 24.87

SSH attackers now using botnets

I’m used to seeing ssh dictionary attacks from single IPs, hitting my servers in a short amount of time. For the first time today, however, I have had entries like the following:

Oct 22 15:05:54 [sshd] error: PAM: Authentication failure for root from <hostname>

…fairly regularly spaced throughout the day, all from different hosts. The natural assumption is that the dictionary attacks are now being run from botnets.

Anyone else seeing these? In the past when noticing dictionary attacks I’ve blocked the source IP; that now seems a little harsh for hosts that are being used without their owners’ consent. If a lot of people did that it may encourage the owners to take more notice of their security, but such a draconian measure would require a large amount of people to take part in order for it to be effective.

A DNSBL for firewalls would be a possible solution, although there would have to be a way of notifying people the reason they can’t connect to a particular host.

Published on 2007/10/22 at 15:06 by Toby, tags , , ,

TCSOTD 2007-10-19

‘Family Guy Season Six’ on pre-order at Amazon

‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’ too

…and finally, ‘The Brightonomicon’ as well

MC Xander warming up, segueing into The White Stripes

Henry Porter now has his own website

Matthew Norman on the fading away of the BBC

Ron Deibert: ‘By-Passing
Internet Censorship’…: Everyone’s Guide to By-Passing Internet Censorship for Citizens Worldwide

Five Sentences: A personal policy for emails

Passing the buck

David Miliband, Yesterday in Parliament:

I point out to Conservative Members that every previous amending treaty, Labour or Tory, has been presented to and passed by Parliament. That is our job and we should get on with it.

Interesting this. Is David implying that the job of Parliament is to pass every amendment to the European Treaty? Now, I may be missing the point here, but isn’t the job of parliament to debate and then decide to pass the amendments or not? Isn’t this democracy?

Published on 2007/10/10 at 11:36 by Toby, tags , , ,

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