Being a shell provider - good business?

Beech Rintoul beech at
Sun Sep 14 17:59:37 UTC 2008

On Saturday 13 September 2008, Art Vandelay said:
> Hello. My friend thinks that being a shell provider for IRC bots
> and bouncers is very good business. How do I convince him it's not?
> Sorry for going off-topic and cross-post, but I don't know who else
> to ask.

Ask him how he's going to deal with all the angry users when one of 
his script kiddie users gets the IP k-lined from all the irc servers. 
Or how he's going to deal with law enforcement after one of his 
accounts uses the shell for nefarious purposes. At the ISP I worked 
for we stopped offering shell accounts to all but our most trusted 
clients for those exact reasons. The only way I would even consider 
it would be to have a block of IPs and jail every user. Even then 
it's a legal and security minefield.


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