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Re: Why is IRC still around?
From: bkfsec <bkfsec () sdf lonestar org>
Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2004 13:54:30 -0500

Danny wrote:

Well, it sure does help the anti-virus (anti-malware) and security
consulting business, but besides that... is it not safe to say that:

1) A hell of a lot of viruses/worms/trojans use IRC to wreck further havoc?
2) A considerable amount of "script kiddies" originate and grow through IRC?
3) A wee bit of software piracy occurs?
4) That many organized DoS attacks through PC zombies are initiated through IRC?
5) The anonymity of the whole thing helps to foster all the illegal
and malicious activity that occurs?
The list goes on and on...

Sorry to offend those that use IRC legitimately (LOL - find something
else to chat with your buddies), but why the hell are we not pushing
to sunset IRC?

What would IT be like today without IRC (or the like)? Am I narrow
minded to say that it would be a much safer place?

I don't think that it would have any impact at all with regard to stopping malware and crackers.

Even if the legitimate IRC servers were shut down, it would still be a simple matter for them to create their own servers on non-standard ports. Barring their ability to do that, they'll completely move to IM or P2P protocols (like WASTE) to carry out their attacks. They've already created the tools to do this and they're actively doing it right now.

In fact, in this regard IRC is a godsend with regard to tracking down attackers. It's easier to determine the location of an IRC bot and to track unencrypted IRC traffic than it is to track WASTE packets or IM connections. Protocols (and their implementations) aren't causing the "illegal activity" as much as the drive to carry out illegal acts is.

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