[Dshield] Possible solution for ISP (was DShield's public goals)

Valdis.Kletnieks@vt.edu Valdis.Kletnieks at vt.edu
Sun Jan 15 10:40:57 GMT 2006


On Sat, 14 Jan 2006 18:35:46 EST, Tom said:
> 1) ISPs in the far east (Korea etc) provide residential dsl to 
> customers at ~20Mbps and greater at the price point many in the US 
> pay for "dumbed down dsl" at 128Kbps and that residential customers 
> in France get 10Mbps.

Note that the Korean situation is worthy of looking at more closely.
A large part of the heavy buildout of true high-speed connectivity there
is because the government made it a priority.  Unfortunately, there wasn't
any corresponding mandate to do things securely.  As a result, there's
high bandwidth to everyplace, but:

a) The end users aren't any more clued about patching and not clicking on
dancing hamsters than they are in the US.

b) The ISPs have even less security clue than their US counterparts.

c) There's finally (the last year or so) something resembling a CERT in Korea.
Unfortunately, they are overwhelmed, so it sometimes requires knowing the
secret handshake to get anything to happen. To be fair, there's some *very*
competent and hard-working people there, but they're outnumbered by odds
of 50 million to 10 or so....

So if you've ever wondered why you see so many probe packets from there....
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