On Tue, 29 Apr 1997, Darren Reed wrote:
> In some mail from Eric Germann, sie said:
> > At 11:27 AM 4/28/97 -0700, Tom Perrine wrote:
> > >Sorry, I just couldn't let this one go by:
> > >
> > >Todd Lewis> Perhaps your perspective on being portscanned is.
> > >
> > >Port scanning on hosts that you are not responsible for is the moral
> > >equivalent of walking down a street and rattling every house's
> > >doorknobs. This is something that the "cop on the beat" used to do
> > The other thing to add to this analogy is that we knew the cops. They had
> Port scanning is _NOT_ a survey in the usual sense of the word. At least
> In my mind, a port scan goes further than merely "twisting doorknobs"; in
> many cases it is more akin to attempting to open the door.
Okay, just to add an additional $0.02, if a port is a door and port
scanning is like rattling doorknobs, let me ask you this: Are your doors
open or closed? And why isn't portscanning like knocking on the door? Is
it now illegal to knock? They could be knocking just to see if you're
home because they may want to break in if you don't answer ...
I think this thread has totally gotten away from normality. If you don't
want people in your port, close it. Firewalls are good for this. If you
don't want people knocking on your door, either remove the door or move to
a different neighborhood (eg, off the internet).
Or is this too blatantly simple to be real?