[Dshield] Blocking Offending Countries

David Cary Hart DShield at TQMcube.com
Tue Jun 28 17:23:04 GMT 2005

On Tue, 2005-06-28 at 08:54 +0100, Mike Simkins wrote:
> Blocking by country/continent/whatever is not the answer. 
> A block by a specific threat, possibly. I have (almost daily) someone try an 
> SSH attack on various hosts of mine, and I have a script that blocks the 
> offending IP (only), and sends an auto-abuse e-mail if there is either an 
> ABUSE, Technical, or Admin E-Mail Address listed for that IP or block.
> If I get a reply from the admin saying its fixed (as I have done in about 5% 
> of the cases), then the block is removed.
SSH should be configured ONLY to allow known hosts in which case this
will cease to be an issue. 

As for geographical blocking, I allow the world access to our web site,
ftp and rsync (even though a considerable number of exploit attempts
come from Asia). OTOH, China, Korea, and Taiwan are completely blocked
from smtp.
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