Feeds

Script kiddies fell Kuro5hin

Rusty shuts the open door, prepares Mark Two...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

High performance access to file storage

Vandals have forced one of the premier open source salons to shut up shop. Kuro5hin is temporarily out of action while its volunteer management finds a way of coping with a variety of denial of service attacks sustained by the site this week.

Kuro5hin (pronounced "corrosion") is a treasured recent arrival, and has rapidly gained a reputation as a refuge from first generation watering holes, such as Slashdot, as a place where the debate is less partisan and where the Big Issues are tossed about without too much self-righteous intervention.

But it's also been watched as something of a unique experiment in web communities. Unlike almost all other communities - which depend on some kind of user authentication for submissions - Kuro5hin's Scoop engine uses a completely open door policy, in much the same way as Usenet allows anyone to post an article.

A rigorous peer voting system then moderates up very small number of articles out of hundreds received each day - typically one, maybe two a day - which has had the effect of taking the ball away from the small number of flamers who frequently set the tone for many sites or newsgroups.

Rusty Foster, who wrote the Scoop engine, told The Register that the peer review system would be kept intact. "The story voting will remain as is - that was never a focus of attack, and as far as we can tell, would be very difficult to abuse. What was exploited was simply the fact that we were open to input
from anyone, users or anonymous visitors."

In fact a trash-Scoop script k5troll has been available for some time, but Foster says that this was only one of number of DoS tactics used against Kuro5hin, and only deployed at the latter stages of the assaults.

Foster says that in future, Kuro5hin will only accept submissions from registered users, which gives script-kiddies the challenge of finding and forging user IDs. But he's thought of that too, and other mechanisms will be in place to authenticate submissions.

"This is not a problem unique to Kuro5hin - Slashdot has been dealing with this sort of thing for a long time," says Foster. "Their philosophy and mine differ in that they provide a means for users to hide garbage, whereas it was always my goal to provide a forum as free of it as possible." ®

Related prank

Andover.net buys out Advogator, Kuro5hin

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Nokia offers 'voluntary retirement' to 6,000+ Indian employees
India's 'predictability and stability' cited as mobe-maker's tax payment deadline nears
Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED
Cook & Co. also pay more taxes than those four worthies PLUS eBay and Oracle
It may be ILLEGAL to run Heartbleed health checks – IT lawyer
Do the right thing, earn up to 10 years in clink
France bans managers from contacting workers outside business hours
«Email? Mais non ... il est plus tard que six heures du soir!»
Adrian Mole author Sue Townsend dies at 68
RIP Blighty's best-selling author of the 1980s
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Analysts: Bright future for smartphones, tablets, wearables
There's plenty of good money to be made if you stay out of the PC market
prev story

Whitepapers

Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.