[Pool] BBC News article about NTP...

Rob Janssen rob at knoware.nl
Tue Feb 11 18:46:36 UTC 2014


Mouse wrote:
>> 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.
>

Well, there also are parties like banks and governments that lately have noticed that
the internet (or at least their part of it) that they are relying on for all of their business
and all of their communication can easlily be taken down by a pimply teenager in his
bedroom.
I think some of those parties are concerned about this, and want this situation to be
rectified.   Some of them may have enough power to change the way things are managed.

Rob


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