ssh login attempts is working,
but I have noticed another odd thing—the large number of TCP connections in the
This is indicitive of a
but what's weird is that it's not from any one source,
but scores of sources.
And it's not enough to actually bring down my server.
I spent a few hours playing “whack-a-mole” with the attacks,
blocking large address spaces from connection to my server,
only to have the attack die down for about five minutes then kick back up from a score of different blocks.
The only thing in common is that all the blocks seem to be from Europe.
And this is what I don't understand about this attack.
It's not large enough to bring down my server
(although I have
SYN cookies enabled and that might be keeping this at bay)
and it's from all over European IP space.
I don't get who's getting attacked here.
It could easily be spoofed packets being sent,
but what's the goal here?
It's all very weird.
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