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19 January 1997 24 January 2006 06:20 UTC
An unforgettable moment in Internet history.

SpinWrong 23 January 2006 12:30 UTC
The truth about Steve Gibson's only program ever.

Nothing to Sell 21 January 2006 08:24 UTC
A boomerang of bad karma if there ever was one.

What the World Thinks of Steve Gibson 21 January 2006 03:46 UTC
A unanimous appraisal.

The GRC Flaw 19 January 2006 23:04 UTC
Go ahead - drink it.

Curse of the Malicious Hackers 17 January 2006 17:17 UTC
Never attribute to stupidity or malice that which can get Steve Gibson confused.

Steve Gibson invents broken SYNcookies February 25, 2002 2:33 PM UTC
Dan Bernstein... Eric Shenk... and now Gibson. Thomas Greene looks at the latest from the überdork.

Auld Acquaintance Forgot? December 31, 2001 11:59 PM UTC
Should we? Should we now write this off? No!

Xmas Is Here - And So Are We! December 25, 2001 1:54 PM UTC
Something must be wrong! We're still here! Yeah we're still here!

Xmas of Death Is Here! December 24, 2001 3:34 PM UTC
Not even minutes remain now! We are DOOMED!

Xmas of Death Approaches! December 23, 2001 4:46 PM UTC
Lest we forget!

Shields Down? November 26, 2001 7:54 PM UTC
Hackers Banquet @ GRC.

Wicked Letters September 12, 2001 7:50 PM - 8:21 PM UTC
When it rains it pours, and ironically enough it too often involves GRC.com. On the day after the great WTC tragedy the radsoft.net mail server was suddenly inundated with a flood of very strange letters postmarked Qatar.

SocketToMe II August 21, 2001 4:38 AM - 5:14 AM UTC
This is lovely II.

Hysteria Roll Call: Steve Gibson August 21, 2001 3:42 AM UTC
Vmyths summarise Steve Gibson's illustrious non-career.

Summertime Blues August 20, 2001 10:52 PM UTC
'Well I'm gonna raise a fuss and I'm gonna raise a holler...'

Gibson Says Goodbye August 20, 2001 9:54 PM UTC
Everyone is now on their way to a raw sockets free Gibson-sponsored prayer lake in the GRC mailbox. Read Steve's goodbye, hold hands with the other Gibson Groupies, listen carefully to the Voice of Your Master, and lament the end of the Internet as you know it.

SocketToMe August 11, 2001 4:14 AM - 7:37 AM UTC
This is lovely.

Bonnie & Clyde on Steve Gibson August 6, 2001 12:04 PM UTC
The hacker duo connected with the previous plunder of GRC.com have come out of the woodwork - sort of. They agreed to an online interview in the course of which they handed over more damning evidence against self-presumed security expert Steve Gibson.

The 2nd Armageddon July 30, 2001 9:00 AM UTC
What are raw sockets when you've got Code Red? Thomas C Greene reports.

Gibson's Track Record July 24, 2001 3:34 PM UTC
Gibson's been declaring the end of the world since 1992. Expose by Rob Rosenberger.

GRCSUCKS.com July 21, 2001 7:00 AM UTC
No comments - just check it out.

Interview with Scott Culp July 14, 2001 7:02 PM UTC
Thomas C Greene meets the Microsoft security manager in Las Vegas.

Unmasking Steve Gibson Week of July 14, 2001
A self-proclaimed guru has no credentials.

GRC Plundered July 14, 2001 6:24 AM UTC
While Steve Gibson of GRC.com has been leading his faithful in a march on Redmond hackers have been quietly plundering the computer disks of the self-proclaimed security guru.

Steve Gibson Author of Exactly What? July 13, 2001 6:54 PM UTC
'When you see how long he has been around on the 'net and the sum of his product output then it makes you wonder exactly what he HAS been doing all this time...'

Steve Gets Nasty July 13, 2001 6:54 PM UTC
Friday the 13th's are good for something after all.

New York Raw Sockets Internet Bill Signed Into Law July 11, 2001 9:10 PM UTC
New York Governor George Pataki bans the use of raw sockets on the Internet.

Why Assembly Language Is BAAAD July 9, 2001 8:20 AM UTC
Gather round in a circle and we'll all learn together.

Rosenberger Receives Death Threat from Gibson Groupie July 4, 2001 4:30 PM UTC
'Die!' writes the groupie, and Rob files a police complaint.

MEDIA DARLING STEVE July 4, 2001 4:30 PM UTC
Rob Rosenberger receives death threat from Gibson Groupie - this is the actual message Rob received.

Rosenberger GRC Spoof July 3, 2001 4:30 PM UTC
Rob Rosenberger attacks the existence of the email attachment.

Rosenberger GRC Rant #2 June 28, 2001 5:20 PM UTC
Rob Rosenberger lashes out at GRC's 'LINUX MUST DIE' Jihad.

Rosenberger GRC Rant #1 June 25, 2001 4:50 PM UTC
Well known security expert Rob Rosenberger has had enough.

Gibson's New Attack July 3, 2001 3:30 PM UTC
From the Keep-Stirring-The-Pot-Dept. It's Microsoft again, and it's The Register too.

Steve Gibson Really Is Off His Rocker June 25, 2001 8:42 AM UTC
Thomas C Greene puts the nails in the coffin.

The Keir Analysis June 25, 2001 12:24 AM UTC
Pursuant to GRC's unexpected disclosure of the IPs used in the attack of their poor website, Robin Keir has conducted a real study of what went on in an attempt to help the people involved patch up their systems - as opposed to GRC's technique of throwing in the hand grenade and running away.

People have already responded to Robin's article by calling or sending email thanking him and asking for more advice, something GRC seems either unable or unwilling to provide. What is evident at this impasse is that GRC again acted prematurely by publishing the list without making a more extensive effort to contact the computer owners first.

Take the time and surf on over now - the computer you save may be your own.

Gibson Blames Microsoft - Again June 23, 2001 5:46 AM UTC
In a sweeping PR stunt, GRC finally lists the IPs used in the attack on GRC and unbelievably enough puts the blame not on the sysadmins who did not administer the patches to prevent system compromise but on Microsoft for - you guessed it - making real sockets available.

Has Steve Gibson finally lost his mind? June 14, 2001 10:00 AM UTC
So says Thomas Greene of The Register, while revered security guru Fyodor has a different, darker view.

Free-For-All June 6, 2001 9:46 AM UTC
It's war on all fronts - against Microsoft, against NetworkICE and against security experts everywhere who say of course you can do raw sockets today on a Windows box - even though Berkeley sockets, the mainstay of the Internet since time immemorial, are not fully implemented there.

Here are six links - although you should find a good thousand more if you google around. And what are Wicked and the script kiddies doing in the meantime? Why, attacking GRC.COM of course. It's turned into an open free-for-all.

And the GRC news servers are still not back online...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/4/19332.html
http://microsoft.com/technet/security/raw_sockets.asp
http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/6/19502.html
http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/8/19469.html
http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/8/19425.html

http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/8/19507.html

Gib Cries Uncle June 1, 2001 4:50 AM UTC
First he had them, then he didn't, then he did again - now he knows they're banging his skull and won't stop. Will GRC stay online or is it truly dead in the water? Do like Steve recommends: Take a walk on the beach and enjoy the summer.

Gib Goes Undercover May 30, 2001 10:00 PM UTC
Read this fascinating story about how Steve Gibson ferreted his way into the weird world of the zombie master.

Verio Caught Sleeping May 6, 2001 3:45 AM UTC
Apparently the only reason GRC was offline for over 17 hours was that the Verio NOC was not responding to emergency calls. IPP clients using Verio might be rethinking their strategies in a very short while...

WE WERE UNDER ATTACK May 5, 2001 11:46 AM UTC

This announcement followed shortly on the first:

'At approximately 8:00 PM Pacific Time, a concerted Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack was initiated against us. The attack was trivial to block once we made contact with our ISP - but that took 17 hours! I am preparing a complete analysis and report on the attack - including the complete IP list of machines which have had their security compromised for participtation in the attack.'

More details will follow. Speculation is now whether the 'steal' of Robin Keir's UDPFlood was used in this attack on the Chinese national holiday. Mention of this program was found on Chinese hacker sites earlier in the week.

WE ARE UNDER ATTACK May 5, 2001 11:24 AM UTC

This announcement could be seen at GRC earlier Saturday:

'At approximately 8:00 PM Pacific Time, a concerted Denial of Service (DoS) attack was initiated against us. As you can see, we're still here and functioning, but a large percentage of our inbound bandwidth is being consumed by this attack, so our performance will be sluggish for the duration.'

GRC Denied May 5, 2001 2:00 AM UTC
As of Friday evening PST and continuing into Saturday Gibson Research Corporation was 'dead in the water', dealing with a concerted DDoS attack. Visitors could see a short announcement to this effect before the site went 'completely black'. Details follow as the story unfolds. Stay tuned.

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