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Re: [SPAM] Your daily internet traffic report
From: Etaoin Shrdlu <shrdlu () deaddrop org>
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2004 11:20:25 -0700

Hugo van der Kooij wrote:

On Sat, 16 Oct 2004, RandallM wrote:

Router                  location                index
router1.iust.ac.ir      Iran (Tehran)   29

Which one of you are attacking Iran
http://www.internettrafficreport.com/asia.htm

I am a bit puzzled. Why o they think that some random routers and ICMP
echo requests mak a good representation?

The routers are not random. They are routers from folk who've *volunteered* to be a part of this. Jeeze, Loise, doesn't anyone do homework anymore? While I suspect that Iran may be getting a DOS here and there, I'd point out that there are other trouble spots across Asia, and I'm sure that's due to the incredible amount of compromised machines out that way, as much as anything.

But the internet topology is much, much more complex. Doing ICMP echo
requests to 1 router and telling everyone what a country statistic is so
far besides the truth I will not call it a lie. (I hate to insult lies by
implying them in this.)

Uh-huh. Complexity is not what's being offered here. It's still a useful statistic, as long as you think of it as part of a picture (no one ever declared it as the whole). There are all sorts of places to pick this information up (including CAIDA, and CYMRU).

I have been on some provider location through out the Netherlands yet
there is only one (and a rather obscure one at that) router which should
represent the Netherlands.

Then suggest to some of those locations that they ought to be a part of this, so as to represent a more accurate picture.

                Don't meddle in the affairs of magicians,
                for they are subtle and quick to anger.

--
Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle,
and quick to anger. Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons,
for you are crunchy, and taste good with catsup.

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