Feeds

Chat network bans Malaysian users

Singles out Malay ISPs as irresponsible after lack of support over hacks

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Malaysian Internet users have been banned from the Undernet chat system, following allegations that not enough is being done to stop abuse of the Internet Chat Relay (IRC) network. Undernet has been quick to point out that Malaysian Net users are not more ill-mannered than those from any other country, but lays the blame at the feet of the country's two ISPs. According to a report on Newsbytes, Undernet has taken the unusual action because the ISPs in question -- TMNet and Jaring -- failed to comply with the IRC administrators' requests to crack down on individuals who were abusing the system. The sort of abuse in question could range from spamming other users to attempts to hack into the IRC network. It is common procedure for the IRC to ask ISPs to step in and caution their users when incidents such as these occur. But according to Undernet, the two Malaysian ISPs were slow to respond. As a result, Undernet banned all incoming traffic from users with a .my domain -- the Malaysian domain. Two other IRC networks -- DALNet and EFnet -- have also instigated bans against Malaysian users. It understood that the Jaring ISP has had its ban lifted after contacting Undernet, but TMNet has not responded, Undernet said. Undernet said the source of the conflict was the "irresponsible and unresponsive administration of the Malaysian ISPs". The IRC went on to say: "We are not singling out Malaysia, but it is in general is the most abusive domain currently accessing the Undernet. Malaysian IP space and resources are being used to launch denial of service attacks and the last attack against one of our routing servers was the straw that broke the camel's back." ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
Big Content outs piracy hotbeds: São Paulo, Beijing ... TORONTO?
MPAA calls Canadians a bunch of bootlegging movie thieves
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results
Spaffing copyrighted stuff over the web? No search ranking for you
Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET
Cupertino revenue hit by cheapo downloads, says report
Hungary's internet tax cannot be allowed to set a precedent, says EC
More protests planned against giga-tariff for Tuesday evening
US court SHUTS DOWN 'scammers posing as Microsoft, Facebook support staff'
Netizens allegedly duped into paying for bogus tech advice
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.