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Old 06-07-2024, 03:59 AM   #31
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In addition to known bad actors there are many many poorly protected boxes which can be taken over at will by sophisticated hackers. So the Solar Winds update was issued through such a box in North Africa because the hackers had given themselves root access.

These can be marshalled up for DDoS also. Then they'd leave it alone until the next time.
 
Old 06-07-2024, 04:49 AM   #32
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"Known bad state actors" are those countries with whom the English-speaking world is or soon will be at war? Just because these attacks are traced geographically to China, it doesn't follow that they are Chinese attacks. There are foreign interests operating in China, some of whom could be involved. But thanks for your explanation.
Allow me to make some clarifications, from what I know.

According to what security specialists in China say, most DDOS and other Internet attacks come from the Western world. It is about a percentage of approximately 99% and one of the acknowledged reasons for the creation of the Great Firewall is to protect the Chinese Internet against Western attacks.

Secondly, unfortunately Slackware is very little known in China, and even those who know it consider it more of a living fossil. I participated in Linux conferences with over 2-3000 participants, where I was the only user of Slackware and no more than 2-3 people knew about it.

To imagine that Chinese secret services attack Slackware servers is simply narcissism. As someone who lives in China, even if it upsets the people in this thread, I can guarantee you that they simply don't care about Slackware.

Personally, I do not rule out that a person or a group from the Europe or America uses one or more servers in China, which they managed to penetrate. But to talk about "bad state actors" and Slackware in the same phrase, I think it's ridiculous.

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Old 06-07-2024, 05:00 AM   #33
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"Known bad state actors" are those countries with whom the English-speaking world is or soon will be at war? Just because these attacks are traced geographically to China, it doesn't follow that they are Chinese attacks. There are foreign interests operating in China, some of whom could be involved. But thanks for your explanation.
There are not only states that are bad actors, out there there are also criminals wanting to use your computer for things like sending spam or mine crypto currenceis. However, most bad actors do not use IP addresses that can be traced back to them. They might jump in several steps between machines or equipment that they have been able to compromise and they can choose between machines all over the world.

Those IP addresses that you see as a source of some kind of attack mostly belongs to a clueless user unable to keep his equipment secured from those bad actors. The fact that China has more clueless users than any other country is probably related to the fact that they have a bigger population than any other country.

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Old 06-07-2024, 05:04 AM   #34
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Maybe it is also not directed towards Slackware specifically but just towards a server that is like all the others : accessible from Internet and so a target for all the bots which takes some minutes to find a new server.

And those bots can be from China at best (if they don't care to tell who they are). If not it is usually for no legal activities and they use networks of hacked computers from anywhere.
 
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Those IP addresses that you see as a source of some kind of attack mostly belongs to a clueless user unable to keep his equipment secured from those bad actors. The fact that China has more clueless users than any other country is probably related to the fact that they have a bigger population than any other country.
Unfortunately, I think you are very close to the truth here.

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Old 06-08-2024, 07:45 AM   #36
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As one of the slackware users in China, I need a proxy server in most cases to connect to slackware.uk/slackware.nl. Not until 4am that was able to connection at a faster internet speed.
 
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