[clug] Secure your Internet facing stuff (was Re: googlebot doing funny things in logs)

Martijn van Oosterhout kleptog at svana.org
Thu Jun 16 14:33:10 MDT 2011

On Thu, Jun 16, 2011 at 10:48:03PM +1000, Robert Edwards wrote:
> >1) Money from your bank account disappears, the bank's access logs show
> >the transfer request came from your computer, you can't pay your mortgage
> >or rent, end up on the street, contract pneumonia and die.
> Does anyone actually _know_ of any instances where someones bank account
> was accessed without proper authorisation over the Internet and the
> bank didn't work hard to fix the problem? Just curious.

Banks can work hard, but they're not god. And they're not quick. The
money vanaishing from a holding account the day before the sale of a
house can throw a huge spanner in the works.

As with any organised crime, the trail of money is littered with the
lives of people it came in contact with.  People don't die so quick,
but there's some pretty painful experiences.  Think about it, where's
the money going?

Fortunatly, just as there are legions of bots trying to own you, there
are people out there trying to protect you.  And one less machine
connected to the internet that can be used to host evil stuff is a good

Have a nice day,
Martijn van Oosterhout   <kleptog at svana.org>   http://svana.org/kleptog/
> Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism,
> when hate for people other than your own comes first. 
>                                       - Charles de Gaulle
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