Tuesday, October 07, 2014

A certain port, a certain country

Ever since that whole Chinese Thing, which pissed a lot of people off, I've been ever so slightly cautious about dropping bombs into Full Disclosure.

I mean, what business of mine is it if silly programmers think making a public proxy of your machine is The Right Thing To Do?  After all, McAfee did it, right?  So it must be a Good Thing.

I'm sure you've noticed those new proxies on a certain port in a certain country.  My database shows they started appearing in August of this year.  They're all over the globe, but almost two-thirds are in that certain country.

And if you go to any number of new-ish proxy lists, you'll find these proxies being tested in near-real time.  They work pretty good, they disappear, and then they come back.

It doesn't take advanced Google-Fu to find out what's going on.  You will even find a certain tech support article on how to open up a certain port on a certain operating system.

WTF were they thinking?

Rather than ruin a good thing (decent proxies are so hard to come by these days), I'm keeping my mouth shut.

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