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RE: short Botnet list and Cashing in on DoS

  • From: Drew Weaver
  • Date: Fri Oct 08 14:36:14 2004

b) IRC is a haven for these people, unfortunately networks like Undernet
take it a step further by providing channel services and host hiding so
that not only the people behind the DDoS are hidden, but so are the bots
themselves. The people running the network fear retaliation too much to
do anything about it.


The sad thing is that IRC has actual positive uses for sharing
information; look at the various help channels (especially on a net like
freenode) for everything from Linux to math to all different types of
programming languages. That's what a lot of people don't understand when
they examine the problem of IRC and botnets, is that YES it has huge
issues but it has legitimate (albeit very under-proportionate to the
number of non-legitimate) uses and users.