01/19/2007

Some Internet Routers Down?

Internet routers I don't know if "down" is the correct word, but I was having trouble reaching a particular website this morning and so checked the Internet Traffic Report for North America. It appears that eight of the 50 routers are down (that is, experiencing 100% packet loss), with another getting close, and two more on the critical side.

I've been refreshing the screen; now only seven are at 100% packet loss, the two "iffy" routers are okay now, and a couple more are starting back up the scale. Here's a link to my way larger screenshot of the global traffic report, with routers in Asia not looking too good.

Red = down, or almost down
Yellow = not good
Green = okay

Hm.

Added: Here's the global chart, which currently shows five routers down in Europe (the chart includes Africa), with others experiencing pretty high packet loss.

Not sure I've ever seen this before, except once (I think I've got a screenshot of that around here somewhere; maybe I'll post it later).

Added: And now it's almost 10 routers down. What can be going on?

More: Daze.net

Added: Aha. Perhaps this is it: from C|net, 'Storm Worm' rages across the globe.

Over an eight-hour period Thursday, malicious e-mails were sent across the globe to hundreds of thousands of people, said Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer for F-Secure.

People who open the attachment then unknowingly become part of a botnet. A botnet serves as an army of commandeered computers, which are later used by attackers without their owners' knowledge.

Do click the Mikko Hypponen link; it's to a YouTube video from F-Secure.

Sigh. When I got on the 'Net, people were opening email attachments from strangers containing viruses and other nastyware. Ten+ years later, they're still doing it. Naivete doesn't pay; they *have* been assimilated. But it doesn't affect just them.

6 Comments to "Some Internet Routers Down?"

  1. Sophie Wegat says:

    So that's it. We had a huge bandwidth increase last week and have had trouble accessing some sites since. I assumed they were related but it would seem not.

  2. Diane Vigil says:

    You're right, Sophie. I'd not understood why it was happening, and have only guessed that the new Storm Worm attack was the reason. I hate that stuff. :)

  3. Dan says:

    I'm noting this as an experienced technician of some 16 years.

    As Diane mentioned, naivete doesn't pay. However, this will always be the case of new users, not to mention old users that can't and/or won't learn about a tool that they are using…

    Maybe an Internet licensing program should be invoked like the Italians have for learning to ride a motorcycle:
    15-16 years old = no larger than 50cc
    16-17 years old = no larger than 90cc
    17-18 years old = no larger than 125cc
    etc…

  4. Diane Vigil says:

    Planning on going somewhere, Dan? <grin>

    You're right. It's too bad that, rather than limiting access somehow, that they don't just learn. Unfortunately, ISPs like AOL and a few others just don't bother to teach their customers much. I figure this must be by design.

  5. Sophie Wegat says:

    A license – I like it. ;-)

    Sadly I think there's also people out there who can't be bothered learning.

  6. Diane Vigil says:

    Yes. A license. Like for driving a car. :)

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