[dshield] Re: [Dshield] Thank you Johannes and Dshielder's

R Shady RShady at stny.rr.com
Wed Aug 13 16:31:53 GMT 2003


A good majority of the home users don't even know what a firewall is.
The media is partly to blame for that also not to mention Microsoft.
Microsoft should at least enable ICF in WindowsXP as the default setting.

John Sage wrote:
> Paul, et al:
> 
> On Wed, Aug 13, 2003 at 10:33:39AM -0400, Paul Marsh wrote:
> <snippage> 
> 
>>  I've been watching/listening/reading the major news agencies over
> 
> the past two days first off let me say a day late and a dollar short,
> it's amazing how un-informed some people really are.  A reporter on
> CNN last night thought it was funny when her system started rebooting.
> Most news agencies are reporting that if you update your AV, run a
> removal tool and apply the patch your system is OK.  Why aren't these
> people reading and understanding what's going on?
> http://isc.sans.org/diary.html?date=2003-08-09 
> 
> One major problem that advertising by the anti-virus companies
> produces is that people think that updating their AV signatures is all
> they need to do regarding *any* security issue.
> 
> I can't tell you the number of people in the last day or two who have
> said to me "Well, I just update my [insert major AV company]
> signatures, so I don't have anything to worry about."
> 
> I reply "Well, no, this isn't a virus, this is a worm." and they go
> blank.
> 
> And I counted over 500 distinct hosts within my very local 12.82.x.x
> address space probing my firewall between midnight 08/12 and about
> 6:00pm that evening.
> 
> If my local address space (AT&T dialups, mostly..) is any indication of
> how saturated home user address space in general has been affected, a
> *lot* of people are screwed, and the fallout from this is going to go
> on for a *long* time.
> 
> And that's not all.
> 
> Local news (metro Seattle-Tacoma, WA) reported that the City of
> Seattle's computer systems in general were majorly screwed, as well...
> 
> 
> - John





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