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>I suspect that he's about 12 years old, and thinks >that he knows everything when in reality he knows >nothing. As a result, I am extreemly reluctant to >prevent further attacks on my machines in an agressive >manner. > >Alun Harford Possibly, but it is the effect which must determine the response. Let's not forget that while the "child soldier" is abused by circumstance, he is nonetheless deadly. Following is the cover letter for a disk with some of the strange posts I got. Both were hand delivered this morning, before the scheduled meeting with the peace group, into the hands of Congressman Hastert's secretary, at his local office. She took the incident seriously and I was assured that she would give them to Speaker Hastert. =*=*=*=*=*=*=*= To Congressman J. Dennis Hastert August 27, 2003 The accompanying floppy disk file, "spam" is an example - a small portion of the messages I recently recieved as a result of a little "cyber-terrorism" in a denial of service attack last night. This attack was visited on at least several, and perhaps many more, members of the casi discussion list (email@example.com), part of the "Campagn Against Sanctions in Iraq" web site based at Cambridge University, England. These message clogged up the inboxes of myself and other list members, and in my case cost me money (and a fair bit of time) since I get my email through a JUNO toll phone number. While everyone is annoyed, at least, by the massive amount of spam now on the internet, this is not ordinary spam, but an attack directed at disrupting the free flow of ideas through open discussion. The possibilities of this sort of action is very disturbing: any group, or any individual, can be effectively silenced and denied use of the internet by being overloaded with extraneous material (not to mention the possibilities of computer virii). Organizations can also be virtually shut down, of course. While freedom is a necessary component of the internet, and striclty controlling access is fraught with danger, we nonetheless need to take some steps to enable people to respond effectively to such attacks, and to hold those who mount them responsible. As an analogy, we can walk in the streets freely, but mugging or harassing people is illegal, and there are clear and well established remedies for the victims. I ask that this danger be addressed on a federal level so as to provide protection for organizations, businesses, and individuals. Robert Steel ________________________________________________________________ The best thing to hit the internet in years - Juno SpeedBand! Surf the web up to FIVE TIMES FASTER! Only $14.95/ month - visit www.juno.com to sign up today! _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk