Re: This sure beats reading newspapers
And who the zarking fardwarks exposes SMB ports to the Greater Internet?
4 classes of people:
1 - Malware researchers (what's how the original off-switch domain was discovered)
2 - Home users who just plug their Windows PC directly (wired or wirelessly) into their ISP-supplied routers and imagine that the ISP has configured the router to be secure. They then turn on SMB sharing because they want to get stuff transferred from an older computer and forget to turn it off.
3 - Small businesses that just use IT without having Someoe Of Clue to look after it - either on a contract or regular basis.
4 - IT admins in public bodies, underpaid and overworked (or clueless - I've met both varieties) who are being screamed at by someone higher in the organisation to do stuff that is fundamentally unsafe (in data protection & security terms). They do something that destroys security without understanding why it's a bad idea and have no clue about how to fix it.
 Ha ha. Like the ISPs care. Any more than they care about SMTP traffic that ignores SPF domain validation.
 "My nephew can do it - he plays a lot of online games".. (yes - I've had that one).
 Sometimes all 3. In the days I had to deal with Trust IT departments it was a real, mixed bag. Some were really brilliant, professional teams, others were staffed by students, people who would never be able to get a job in a professional IT department and time-serving wasters.
 Like bridge between N3 and the Internet. Back when I had anything to do with it, N3 seemed to have an implicit trust model - traffic on the N3 side was assumed to be trusted and not requiring firewalling... That may well have changed now.