But the real enablers of the attack were the operators of more than 27 million computers around the globe who left their equipment wide open to a motivated attacker. Those enablers are not just companies, but regular people with home cable boxes.
gweilo8888: You mean the cyber attack that had no impact outside the company being attacked?http://gizmodo.com/5992652/that-internet-war-apocalypse-is-a-lie
c4rr0tc4k3: People still are too stupid to know this was a publicity stunt? There was no cyber attack fools.
A Shambling Mound: Given how astonishingly poorly most cable boxes are designed this doesn't surprise me in the slightest. It's like Scientific Atlanta and Motorola have cornered the market on stupid hardware.
semiotix: bondage_donkey: ... yeah. I'm not sure how STBs residing on a captive network used only for DNCS communication for VOD requests, SDV stream joins and iPPV orders somehow get involved in a DDOS out in the real world. Even the new DSG set-tops pass their data through VPN tunnels via encrypted downstream and upstream DOCSIS traffic, I'm not seeing this hack... at least not in the system I work for.
germ78: FTFA: Indeed, there are other servers that amplify attacks - including machines called Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) serversI've heard of SNMP... that's where people dress in leather and pee on each other, right?
bondage_donkey: ... yeah. I'm not sure how STBs residing on a captive network used only for DNCS communication for VOD requests, SDV stream joins and iPPV orders somehow get involved in a DDOS out in the real world. Even the new DSG set-tops pass their data through VPN tunnels via encrypted downstream and upstream DOCSIS traffic, I'm not seeing this hack... at least not in the system I work for.
Sean M: Holy sheep shiat! You mean cable boxes can actually do something? At least the ones Comcrap serves up barely are functional to show TV video, let alone a guide or anything else useful. They only last for ~6-8 months too.
BarkingUnicorn: Should be a way to redirect her "critical" clicks to goatse.
HempHead: I go with the theory that its a PR stunt for Cloudflare and CyberBunker.Not a single website has been taken offline.
Joe Peanut: From the article:But the real enablers of the attack were the operators of more than 27 million computers around the globe who left their equipment wide open to a motivated attacker. Those enablers are not just companies, but regular people with home cable boxes.No, I'm not. The cable company owns the box in my home. They manage it. They update the software on it. They monitor its traffic. I have no say on how it is managed, how it is configured, and don't have any access to the box's OS.
heypete: Just a bit. :)Sounds about what I expected it to be. I just wish there was a reasonable "escalate to people who know what they're doing" button, though I can imagine it'd be massively abused./used to do IT for a university department, we had one user who constantly filed CRITICAL tickets. These were normally reserved for things that required immediate attention, like a server on fire, and paged the on-duty IT staff. Her critical tickets were normally for things like "printer is out of paper", "mouse is unplugged", "how do I open this file I received in Outlook", etc. Gah!
DubtodaIll: I have been having at issue with my Comcast internet this morning. Only a few pages were loading but most of the internet was unavailable. The only pages that would load are Google, Youtube, Facebook, and Fark. Seems to be working fine now though.
heypete: Heh. I remember emailing Cox a while back because their recursive DNS servers were rewriting TTLs to 30 seconds (regardless of what the authoritative server specified as the TTL). This resulted in considerably higher DNS traffic as less stuff was being cached. Not a good thing. I sent them an email saying that their tier 1 support guys couldn't answer it and asked that they forward the message onto the relevant network admins who manage the DNS servers.I got a reply back the next day saying "We're sorry to hear you're having trouble setting up your wireless network. Here's some instructions for configuring certain wireless routers..."At that point I gave up and switched to Google Public DNS.
skinink: Call Comcast customer service and tell them I do not want to be running an open resolver? Hell, they can't handle basic technical requests and I'm supposed to be comfortable discussing resolvers with them?
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