On 28 Jan 97 , Todd Graham Lewis wrote:
> On Tue, 28 Jan 1997, Erwin Schuermann wrote:
> > Maybe a bit offtopic, but has anyone heard of the possibility to attack
> > a system with autonomous internet agents (independent agents, who search the
> > Internet for certain info).
> I'm not quite sure what you mean by this. "Independent agents" such as
> web worms (lycos, altavista, etc.) are simply programs which use normal
> protocols to interact with remote hosts. In this respect, they are no
> better (and are arguably much worse) vehicles for attack than specialized
> attack programs, and have no special advantage.
I meant, f.i., the web-worms like the one Alta-Vista uses. These
agents are also available for private use, so a person (e.g. hacker)
can also get them, or code one himself. IMHO these worms can only
use known holes in a system. Another point where they can be used is
for instance in a denial of service attack, by just putting several
copies of an agent on the web. I think this is a real threat. An
agent can do al the things on the web a normal person can do, and
that automatically, that means faster and in a more voluminous way.
I'm really eager to hear if someone has faced such an attack and if
i am overseeing another kind of attack that can be accomplished using
> Or do you mean manipulating Altavista or some "personalized search
> engine" to do your attacks for you? Maybe if you gave an
This is also an interesting point. Have you got infos or heard more about
such an attack. I'm really interested in this topic.
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