> Based on what I've been hearing about the sharp rise in cracking
> activity since the details of the latest round of Sendmail bugs became
> known in the last couple of weeks,
Now that I'm thinking about it.... has anyone else noticed a large
increase in casual entry attempts since, say September? I see more
guest-login attempts, ftp probing, nntp-server probing, etc, than
I ever had before. I'm not sure if it's the new school year (and
a crop of net-knowledgeable kids just getting their first school
logins), or if it's a general result of the popularization of the
net. Or maybe I'm just paying more attention suddenly.
Brent is probably taking a simple reason that supports his position to
explain a complex situation. The last sentence quoted above may have
a lot to do with what is being reported. There is a fairly well
studied "chipped window syndrome" that results in large outbreaks of
"unexplained chipped windshield" reports.
It is probably the case that there is not adequate data to permit a
substantial conclusion. It will just shift the discussion to a
meta-discussion of the validity of the studies and will not change
many opinions on the issues.
Dan Schlitt School of Engineering Computers
edu City College of New York
edu New York, NY 10031