Kyrgyzstan Knocked Offline

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that "A Russian "cyber-militia" has effectively knocked the central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan offline in recent days". See the full article here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123310906904622741.html

It's quite hard to find traces of DoS attacks on the internet if they only swamp individual websites, but the article suggests that total connectivity to all of Kyrgyzstan has been severely impaired. This led me to wondering if signs of the attack are visible on the global routing table. This can happen if the attack is so severe, that edge routers connecting ISP's to one another can no longer exchange routing data, because the data link between them is fully saturated with attack traffic.

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Cogent haikus

It started on NANOG mailing list on Friday 9.1. (at least at Finnish time):

Cogent drops packets.
Angry customers call. Twice.
Admin writes haiku.
- Neal Rauhauser

The story then continued on Monday:

Cogent makes a mess
My phone rings and rings
Unfornicate this!
- Neal Rauhauser

And then things just got out of hand:

NANOG is too cool.
Rhyming with net engineers.
Poet don't know it.
- Jay Murphy

XO is low cost
The cabinets had no power
Service was useless
- Jeffrey Lyon

Customers thank me
I will not stoop much lower
Pay dirt for transit
- Darryl Dunkin

Cisco 7k nodes
Cascading VIP card failures
Reload the router
- Josh Potter

Net admins are bored
Nanog lists run wild
Useless spam blows up phone
- Ray Corbin

Level 3 has gear.
Bleeding edge technology.
Get huge pipes right now.
- Jay Murphy

McColo shuts down
Spammers enjoy holiday
.. and then recommence
- Ken Simpson

NANOG has admins
They waste a lot of time now
Maybe paid to much
- Aaron Wendel

Just in case you are wondering, the list is really a source of invaluable information for anyone interested in data networking, not just haikus :)


Taskbar Shuffle

Ever wanted to change the order of the buttons on your Windows taskbar? Well, now you can :)


Edit: Too bad it doesn't work with 64-bit Vista just yet...

Edit 2: But now it does. Wohhey! :)


Keeping in sync

Keeping in sync

Synchronizing email, calendar, contacts, tasks and Firefox bookmarks on all the systems I use.

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