Re: How to launch am attack against all Windows systems?
From: David Schwartz (davids_at_webmaster.com)
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2005 22:09:22 -0800
"Gordon Burditt" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> Windows systems "phone home" for just about every possible reason.
True. And it's *very* hard to disable and extremely annoying.
> This is effectively a distributed denial of service attack against
> Microsoft (self-inflicted!). Once the Microsoft-owned systems go
> down, none of them will be able to re-validate their licenses, and
> the whole thing will just implode. Just sit back and watch (and
The thing is, none of those reasons have anything to do with
re-validating licenses. I've got machines running all versions of Windows
you can imagine on isolated networks with no Internet access at all. I've
never had a license validation problem except when hardware was majorly
changed with a 30-day warning.
Unless you know something nobody else does.