24
Nov
08

ISP Harassment Begins

I knew this day would come.  Nine months and 1.3 million proxies later, my ISP has finally noticed that Something Is Going On. 

I used to worry about this more, but after I hit the one million mark I didn’t think it was such a big deal.  After all, more than 99.9% of the connections my system makes during the discovery and retesting phases time out.  No data gets transferred at all and in the rare case a proxy is alive a grand total of one lousy proxy judge page is downloaded.

Since they’re not all that bright, they are accusing me of having a virus.  This, as a result of a “network scan”, whatever that is supposed to mean to them.

To me, it means a search for open ports, usually done with nmap or some similar tool.  I do have open ports.  I couldn’t host three UT99 servers without open ports.  I have a smattering of minimal Web sites on port 80, mostly DNS placeholders with very little content.  I run SSH and OpenVPN servers.  So, yeah, I have open ports.

Open ports are not indicative of “having a virus”.  But again, their definition of “network scan” may mean something completely different from the normal definition.

I suppose if there had been an abuse complaint, they would have said as much. 

Since this email reads suspiciously like a form letter, it could be anything.

Anyway, I wrote them back and responded to all their suggestions (install a firewall, run antivirus, disable “Sharing for Microsoft Networks, blah, blah, blah) and asked them if they had any further questions.

No response yet.  Stay tuned.

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