Thursday, August 25, 2005

LANL computers weather daily cyber assaults

[Given that there has already been some discussion on the blog about this... --Doug]

ROGER SNODGRASS, roger@lamonitor.com, Monitor Assistant Editor

On a $15 million a year budget, Los Alamos National Laboratory is waging a daily battle against a barrage of threats to its computer network.

Alexander D. Kent, deputy group leader for the lab's network engineering group, said 25,000 computers processing about 850 gigabytes of data in 20 million legitimate sessions a day are facing a growing risk.

A graph of Internet sessions between May and mid-August this year shows at least five million "malicious" sessions on slow days and 10-15 million during peaks.

On weekends, when LANL activity slows, 90 percent or more of the computer activity appears to be malicious.

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Comments:
$15 million would buy a lot of Linux & Mac boxes, and at the same time obviate the need for a huge chunk of money currently going to CCN. Each year.

Just watch the hate mail that results from mentioning this...
 
The only hate mail would be that most of the money going to CCN is for ASCI stuff. You could still switch to Linux and Mac, and a lot of money would still go to CCN.

The CCN people are just like the rest of you dopes up there. Hardworking, stubborn, and in the wrong place at the wrong time. The big reason LANL is falling to pieces is that people up there have more fun 'killing' each other than working together. And by killing, I mean the little jabs and pokes about how the other guys are the enemies and these guys are the good guys.

A former LANLite working happily elsewhere.
 
CCN is a self serving enterprise. Alex Kent does not have a clue as to what he is taking about.
 
All overhead-funded organizations are self-serving enterprises. They are a cancer that is nearly impossible to kill when you have irresponsible funding agencies and ineffective management.
 
Regard the anonymous comment at 8/25/2005 09:04:37 PM, " $15 million would buy a lot of Linux & Mac boxes,..."

Your basic MACINTRASH costs a fair bit more than a comparable Windows system and the software available is limited. There is a reason why MACs are only about 5% of the US computer systems.

LINUX runs nicely on PCs, but, again, the software availability is limited. Don't even bring up the foolishness about running a Windows emulator under LINUX.
 
"...MACINTRASH..."

"Don't even bring up the foolishness about running a Windows emulator under LINUX."


My, my. We're a bit full of ourselves, aren't we?
 
"The CCN people are just like the rest of you dopes up there. Hardworking, stubborn, and in the wrong place at the wrong time. The big reason LANL is falling to pieces is that people up there have more fun 'killing' each other than working together. And by killing, I mean the little jabs and pokes about how the other guys are the enemies and these guys are the good guys.

A former LANLite working happily elsewhere."


Good summary of much of the "discussion" on this blog. Hopefully soon I will also be elsewhere.
 
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