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2004\06\15@094801 by Russell McMahon

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I can't seem to get any WWW access and get DNS errors from many sites.
NSLOOKUP to sites out of NZ time out.
email from my sefver seems to be working.
Has the world crashed ...

Ah - Google is back.
Was this an ISP glitch or was it noted elsewhere ?

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2004\06\15@095556 by John J. McDonough

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Subject: [OT:] Internet down :-) ???


> Was this an ISP glitch or was it noted elsewhere ?

I haven't seen anything authoritative but, based on some routine monitoring
I do, I sort of get the impression that there have been some fairly
widespread DNS hiccups in the past couple of days.  I haven't seen anything
last for more than a couple of minutes, but I have seen issues at the same
time through multiple providers.

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2004\06\15@100104 by SM Ling

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OK here from Singapore.  The last time I got problem, I spent quite sometime
calling up and blaming my ISP.  But always it comes back to resetting the
ADSL modem (once), or the netgear router (many times).

Ling SM
> I can't seem to get any WWW access and get DNS errors from many sites.
> NSLOOKUP to sites out of NZ time out.
> email from my sefver seems to be working.
> Has the world crashed ...
>
> Ah - Google is back.
> Was this an ISP glitch or was it noted elsewhere ?

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2004\06\15@101425 by Alex Harford

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On Wed, Jun 16, 2004 at 01:35:13AM +1200, Russell McMahon wrote:
> I can't seem to get any WWW access and get DNS errors from many sites.
> NSLOOKUP to sites out of NZ time out.
> email from my sefver seems to be working.
> Has the world crashed ...
>
> Ah - Google is back.
> Was this an ISP glitch or was it noted elsewhere ?

http://www.internettrafficreport.com/australia.htm

Hmmm... looks like a glitch around 1:30AM.

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2004\06\15@110701 by Randy Glenn

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This might be relevant:

http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/06/15/1427213&mode=thread&tid=126&tid=95

On Wed, 16 Jun 2004 01:35:13 +1200, Russell McMahon
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2004\06\15@113925 by hilip Stortz

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i've had a number of such incidents the past couple of days, and they do
seem to come in spurts.  i've had periods of several minutes when i
couldn't connect to any site.

i've also had dns lookup send me to the wrong site, usually one of those
obnoxious bogus search sites that register misspellings of common domain
names (but i checked my spelling or had clicked on a good link, and then
wound up looking at stupid advertising...).  i've also seen periods
where there were a truly massive number of incursion attempts against my
machine and downloads broke or i couldn't get any connections to work
(dialup, 26k, dynamic ip).

i've seen dozens of attempts to connect to me on odd ports (sometimes
not the common cracking ports) in less than a minute.  the incursion
attempts have been going on for some time, they appear to be from
spoofed addresses as many of them are often from ip#'s that belong to
the same isp or company- usually 2-3 from one ip, then 2-3 from another
and more in the same pattern.  because of the timing i strongly suspect
spoofed ip #'s.

i've also seen a huge number of attempts on the common ports like 445
and 135.  part of the problem is a large number of similar viruses on a
truly huge number of infected machines.  some of these do look at the
clock on the infected system and make there attempts at the same time,
which is part of what creates some of the waves of incursion attacks
(from ip#'s that are from several companies/isp's).  right now, in the
last few hours i've seen a large number of attempts from ip#'s starting
with 67.1 or 67.0 indicating spoofing or a large number of infected
machines in that range or spoofing.  attacks from ip#'s starting with
67.x or 68.x seem to be a large portion of the attacks.

there have been a lot of incursion attempts aimed at routers and
firewalls lately (after all, if you can hack a router you don't need to
hack the machines it serves, you can effectively bug traffic that goes
through the router).  some of these are trying to get around the
firewalls i suspect.

it's been nuts out there for months now, with malicious activity levels
i haven't seen for months and that in the past have only lasted a week
or two when a particularly bad new virus came out.

cryptogram says to rival "gangs" of crackers have been competing
aggressively and even putting taunts of the other groups in the code of
the virus for anyone who looks at the code.  see cryptogram.org, it's a
great security newsletter i highly recommend to all net users, for one
thing it gives you a good idea of how these things work and when there
are serious virii etc. going on.

bottom line, it could have been any number of things, there are
currently a lot of serious things going on at truly unusual levels for
unusually long time periods.  keep your virus software updated, i
recommend sophos.com, they have a free trial download and it checks for
mac or pc virii on either type of machine.  also check the manufacturers
site for any router or firewall you have for software updates as several
router/firewall exploits have been recently discovered and are being
used.  it's also a good idea to power cycle all of your machines and
firewalls/routers daily as this clears many of the virii which live in
ram and have to reinfect you after a power cycle to start up again.

Randy Glenn wrote:
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2004\06\15@121420 by Matt Pobursky

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On Tue, 15 Jun 2004 09:56:38 -0400, John J. McDonough wrote:
> I haven't seen anything authoritative but, based on some routine monitoring
> I do, I sort of get the impression that there have been some fairly
> widespread DNS hiccups in the past couple of days.  I haven't seen anything
> last for more than a couple of minutes, but I have seen issues at the same
> time through multiple providers.

I saw the same thing intermittently last night, two different
connections and two different ISPs. Today things seem fine.

Matt Pobursky
Maximum Performance Systems

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