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Re: What's going on?
On Fri, 18 Apr 1997, Dima Volodin wrote: > AGIS/Net99 (NETBLK-NET99-BLK4) NET99-BLK4 22.214.171.124 - 126.96.36.199 > Cyber Promotions Inc (NETBLK-CYBERPROMO-205-199) CYBERPROMO-205-199 > 188.8.131.52 - 184.108.40.206 > > Nothing comes without a price. > > Dima > just speculating If you had been following the traffic in news.admin.net-abuse.email over the past couple of months, you would not need to speculate, nor would you be surprised that AGIS has been under attack for several weeks. I certainly don't condone any attacks on AGIS but I think this should be a lesson that Internet users expect a certain standard of behavior from network providers. While there may be no legal imperative to force network providers to ehave in a certain way, the will of the people has a way of making itself felt and we ignore it at our peril. In the final analysis, there is no money to be made from harboring customers that abuse the network. The Internet structure is such that it requires a minimum level of cooperation from providers to even function and activities which directly or indirectly abuse the infrastructure need to be curbed. Fidonet had an interesting pair of commandments that I think applies to other networks as well, such as the Internet: 1) Thou shalt not excessively annoy others. 2) Thou shalt not be too easily annoyed. I'll let you ponder the implications of those two statements on your own. If you are interested in the policy document that stems from these two principles, have a look at http://www.fidonet.org/fidonet/policy4.txt BTW, I'm not at all suggesting that the Internet needs anything like this Fidonet policy, but it does seem to me that network abuse is a social problem, and that a big part of the solution will be to succintly define what is good and what is bad in order to more easily communicate this to others. Michael Dillon - Internet & ISP Consulting Memra Software Inc. - Fax: +1-250-546-3049 http://www.memra.com - E-mail: [email protected] - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -