[Pool] BBC News article about NTP...

Mouse mouse at Rodents-Montreal.ORG
Tue Feb 11 18:36:19 UTC 2014


> It would be possible for transit providers to stamp any packet that
> has not been suitably filtered.

Sure.  But who's going to bother, and why?

If the upper levels of Internet governance were to impose
responsibility - if ignoring such abusers could lose you your
connectivity, for example - this could be done.  But, ever since the
invasion, Internet governance has been all about concentrating money in
fewer hands.  That is, the net is defined to be working well when, and
to the extent that, it is doing that.  (Consider that it's the US
government's Department of _Commerce_ that is at the top of the
pyramid.)  Unsurprisingly, abuses such as DDoS are, therefore, ignored
by Internet authorities as long as the abusers pay their bills, and
suggestions such as yours that would mean turning off paying customers
will, at best, gain small amounts of traction at the edges of the net
where remnants of the pre-invasion cooperative net still linger.

No, I don't like it either.

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