Rise of the Robots

Quick factual / historical note regarding Anonymizing RFI Attacks Through Google which Stefan and Ilia both referenced today.

As far as I know the notion of “programming” legitimate 3rd-party web spiders to attack other sites was first raised back in 2001 by Michal Zalewski (also wikipedia) in Against the System: Rise of the Robots.

Not that I’m hunting hacker-cred – ran into it via his book Silence on the Wire (which is a great read BTW – ever thought about how those Javascript key press events uniquely identify you?).