Subject: Re: Needing help with preventing IP theft
To: Wolfgang Rupprecht <>
From: Dan Debertin <>
List: tech-net
Date: 08/11/2000 15:57:47
On Fri, 11 Aug 2000, Wolfgang Rupprecht wrote:
> If someone tries to impersonate my machine I really have to assume
> that something serious is up.  If I don't defend my IP it will allow
> the attacker to steal my mail or impersonate my machine.  If it is the
> prelude to a break-in elsewhere I'll have a heck of a time proving
> that I didn't break into somewhere from this IP.  (I could really do
> without Joe Gumshoe confiscating my computer and all backup tapes as
> evidence in some trial that gets scheduled 1 year down the road.)

I used to admin a large number of bridged DSL users, before I got a clue
and switched everybody to PPP-over-ATM. In every case where there was "IP
swiping" or "theft", it turned out to be an accident on the part of
either the customer, or the tech who had helped with setup. Maliciousness
is rare; stupidity far, far more common.

~Dan D.
-- I feel the earth move.
-- I feel the tumbling down, the tumbling down.

++ Dan Debertin
++ Senior Systems Administrator
++ Bitstream Underground, LLC
++ (612)321-9290