MartinB writes: "Following a recent spate of DDoS attacks on his grc.com (home of Shields UP!), Steve Gibson investigated, finding a network of compromised IRC bots being used to flood vulnerable targets. Surprisingly, the thing which saved him is Win 9x's non-standard implementation of Sockets, making it impossible to spoof IPs. However, he warns, even consumer versions of WinXP won't have this safety 'feature'. Is there time to prevent this? Is implementing the standard always A Good Thing?" Gibson uses too many exclamation points in his article. But it's still interesting, if only to note the number of exploited personal machines on cable modems.