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Re: City apologizes for ORBZ shutdown....
On Fri, Mar 22, 2002 at 07:04:36AM -0800, mdonahue@WATG.com said: > > *sigh* > http://www.internetnews.com/isp-news/article/0,,8_996341,00.html from the article ... ---- "Our investigation and conversations with Mr. Gulliver's attorney have led us to believe that there was no criminal intent to cause the City harm," she [assistant to the city manager Michelle Reen] said. "However, there was no way for us to know when we received the hit that this was not intended as a malicious prank." Battle Creek's information systems expert and a local detective were responsible for convincing a judge to issue a search warrant and seek to seize Gulliver's ORBZ documentation. ---- I can believe this kind of clueless, heavy-handed behavior from law enforcement, but apparently their information systems 'expert' could stand a course or two on common Internet practices. Like spam filtering, and relay databases - anybody that can't differentiate between a probe from a known open relay tester, and a portscan, needs to be sent back to school. Contrary to the city manager's assistant, there certainly _is_ a way they could have known whether the 'hit' was malicious or not. They could merely have _asked_, instead of starting out with a court order. I echo Mike - *sigh* -- Scott Francis darkuncle@ [home:] d a r k u n c l e . n e t Systems/Network Manager sfrancis@ [work:] t o n o s . c o m GPG public key 0xCB33CCA7 illum oportet crescere me autem minui