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CloudFlare has warned of another massive botnet that appears to be ramping up and targeting the US West Coast. In a blog post, the content delivery network said it has been watching a flood of attack traffic that started two weeks ago and appears to have been coming from one person testing out its abilities before moving it to …

  1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge
    Windows

    Usual White House clownshow

    "We have the opportunity to change the balance further in our favor in cyberspace – but only if we take additional bold action to do so"

    Spoken like someone who doesn't understand the problem, who thinks that security is a zero-sum game and can only be performed by state actors (the dreaded "we", i.e. "we the State") and that there is some sort of Cyberspace which is just another venue for Team America to boldy stick a manly dick in.

    Anyway, it's all Putin's fault, and also Iran's, and North Korea's. And China's but mainly Putin's.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Usual White House clownshow

      Up-voted because folks mostly down-vote sarcasm that is not tagged as such.

      1. admiraljkb
        Joke

        Re: Usual White House clownshow

        sar chasm, thats near the Grand Canyon right?

  2. Brian Miller

    Block the connections

    To solve this problem, it doesn't take government action. The top-level ISPs just agree to block whoever is beneath them that's generating the traffic. This will force everybody else to step up with botnet blocking, until the people with the infected devices update them.

    Yes, I realize that if a cable company's products are the problem, then the customers have no choice in the matter. But that should force the company in questing to get their act together, if their customers can't connect to the world at large.

    1. Kevin McMurtrie Silver badge

      Re: Block the connections

      Many large networks don't give a crap if their customers or internal systems are running attacks. Ever submitted an abuse complaint to Google, CloudFlare, or anything in China? This will probably require an opt-in blacklist service and a strong customer demand to have upstreams use it. Such blacklists exist for e-mail but they can't yet scale to the speed and size of idiot-of-things attacks. IoT blacklists would need to be very fast and need to rapidly group/ungroup neighboring addresses to maintain the desired dataset complexity.

      1. Version 1.0 Silver badge

        Re: Block the connections

        Back in the "old" days, the mere threat of UDP (Usenet Death Penalty) forces many ISPs to clean up their act - let's drop China for a week and see what happens ...

  3. Ruairi
    Trollface

    I wonder if CloudFlail host the front-end for this one also?

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The goal

    Is to have the average user asking for web filtering.

  5. one crazy media

    What’s in it for cloud flare?

    Money, money, money, money!

    Spreading security FUD is modes Operandi of these security companies.

    When read what the say, there is nothing more than some speculative crap and the only way to stop this world ending security breach is to use their products!

    1. ecofeco Silver badge

      Re: What’s in it for cloud flare?

      Except, that unfortunately, you can bank on more IoT attacks in the future. It's pretty damn obvious.

  6. ecofeco Silver badge

    Next predicition

    The sun will rise.

    How did we ever live without these experts?

  7. Kiwi
    Devil

    [shudder]

    "The Administration should focus first on mitigating and, where possible, eliminating denial-of-service attacks, particularly those launched by botnets,"

    Under Obama that would give me pause - is there thought of some sort of registration-to-use-internet idea going on?

    Under chump.. Shit...

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