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Re: Connectivity problems with the US Army
From: Jay Tumas <jay_tumas () HARVARD EDU>
Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2007 07:33:03 -0500

We have run into similar issues over the past decade.  The .mil domain typically
gets pretty defensive when they pick up on any amount of probing, especially
from .edu domains.  My experience has been that if you can verify the offending
systems are clean, and you are talking with the right folks, you can get the
block removed - if not for your entire network, then for the subdomains that
require this access for specific tasks.  I do (did) have a good contact that
was very responsive and was able to open the .mil domain up to Harvard traffic.
I will see if I can dig up his contact info and forward it along.

J

Brock, Anthony - NET wrote:
Oregon State University recently noticed that we were being blocked from
accessing all army.mil domains and resources. The block includes access
to their DNS and email servers. We have since learned that this block
was implemented as a result of probes from machines compromised as a
result of the Symantec vulnerability. While we had hoped that the
situation would correct itself, we've since learned that this may not
happen.

We have had zero luck trying to deal directly with the Army
administrators. As a result of the impact on several campus groups, my
administration is looking to escalate this into the political realm. If
possible, I would like to give them an idea of how many other
institutions may have been affected.

Is anyone else encountering this problem?

One of the administrators at the Army NOC indicated that most of the
.edu IP space was being blocked. I would like to have a more solid
foundation before I take that type of assertion to my administration.
Thanks in advance!

Tony

Anthony Brock
Senior Network Security Engineer
Oregon State University - Network Engineering
http://oregonstate.edu/net/security/

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