Rizon

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Rizon
RizonLogo.png
FoundedJuly 2002; 17 years ago (2002-07)
Geographic locationEurope
Canada
United States
Asia
Based inWorldwide
Website URLrizon.net
Primary DNSirc.rizon.net
Average users18,000 – 21,000
Average channels22,000 – 25,000
Average servers20
Content/subjectPublic/Unrestricted

Rizon is a large Internet Relay Chat (IRC) network with an average of around 20,000 users. The IRC network itself ranks number 5 among the largest IRC networks.[1][2] Rizon is popular with many anime fansubbing groups who work online, many of whom provide their content through XDCC via IRC bots in their distribution channels. It is also used by many users of eRepublik as a means of communication.[3] File sharing of other copyrighted material such as Warez is also common in some channels on the network.[4][5][6][7]

Rizon IRCd[edit]

Rizon currently uses Plexus IRCd. Plexus was coded specifically with Rizon in mind and is based on ircd-hybrid. Plexus is not exclusive to Rizon as the IRCd is also used by other networks. Plexus versions 1.x and 2.x were originally coded by static & peer. Plexus 3.x was rewritten by ThaPrince and is now maintained and developed by the Rizon Dev Team.

As of the r524 release, the ability for automatic services authentication using SSL client certificates has been implemented, and was largely based on the work done by OFTC[citation needed], though significant changes were made regarding server-to-server communication.

Controversy[edit]

DDoS attack against mIRCX[edit]

In early 2004 the mIRCX and Aniverse IRC networks were the victims of Denial-of-service attacks (DDoS) and were forced to shut down temporarily; Aniverse later resumed operations at a greatly reduced capacity. This in turn caused approximately 8,000–10,000 IRC users of various anime fansubbing channels to migrate to Rizon. Rizon was forced to increase its number of servers to handle the additional users. This also had the effect of making Rizon a target for DDoS attacks.

Contrary to rumors, Rizon had no part in a DDoS attack against mIRCX in 2004. Richard "Krashed" Roby was the actual perpetrator who initiated the attacks in retaliation against CJB networks for shutting down his botnet.[8] Roby was later raided by the FBI as part of Operation Cyberslam.[9][10] Initial charges brought against Roby as part of Operation Cyberslam were dropped but he later pleaded guilty to lesser charges and was sentenced to an 18-month prison sentence.[11][12][13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IRC Networks - Top 100". Retrieved 2011-11-15.
  2. ^ Piccard, Paul; Baskin, Brian; Edwards, Craig; Spillman, George (2005-05-01). "Internet Relay Chat—Major Players of IRC". In Sachs, Marcus (ed.). Securing IM and P2P Applications for the Enterprise. foreword by Kevin Beaver (1st ed.). Rockland, Massachusetts: Syngress Publishing. p. 371. ISBN 978-1-59749-017-7.
  3. ^ Piccard, Paul; Baskin, Brian; Edwards, Craig; Spillman, George (2005-05-01). "IRC Networks and Security". In Sachs, Marcus (ed.). Securing IM and P2P Applications for the Enterprise. foreword by Kevin Beaver (1st ed.). Rockland, Massachusetts: Syngress Publishing. p. 387. ISBN 978-1-59749-017-7.
  4. ^ Wang, Wallace (2004-10-25). "Instant Messaging and Online Chat Rooms". Steal this File Sharing Book (1st ed.). San Francisco, California: No Starch Press. p. 63. ISBN 978-1-59327-050-6. Three of the most popular networks used for file trading include Undernet, Rizon, and EFnet.
  5. ^ Piccard, Paul; Baskin, Brian; Edwards, Craig; Spillman, George (2005-05-01). "Internet Relay Chat—Major Players of IRC". In Sachs, Marcus (ed.). Securing IM and P2P Applications for the Enterprise. foreword by Kevin Beaver (1st ed.). Rockland, Massachusetts: Syngress Publishing. p. 372. ISBN 978-1-59749-017-7.
  6. ^ Office of the United States Trade Representative (2006-04-21). National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers, 2006 (21st ed.). United States Government Printing Office. p. 256. ISBN 0-16-075976-5.
  7. ^ Office of the United States Trade Representative (2006-03-31). "National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers, 2006" (PDF). p. 263. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 14, 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-07. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  8. ^ "Why irc.mircx was shut down". 20 February 2004. Archived from the original on 25 September 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  9. ^ Poulsen, Kevin (2004-08-26). "FBI busts alleged DDoS Mafia". SecurityFocus. Retrieved 2009-03-02.
  10. ^ "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. PAUL G. ASHLEY, JONATHAN DAVID HALL, JOSHUA JAMES SCHICHTEL, RICHARD ROBY and LEE GRAHAM WALKER" (PDF). 2004-09-25. Retrieved 2009-03-02.
  11. ^ Poulsen, Kevin (2005-09-08). "Hackers Admit to Wave of Attacks". Wired News. Retrieved 2009-03-02.
  12. ^ Brian, Krebs (2006-05-01). "Hired Internet Gun Sentenced to Two Years". Security Fix. Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-03-02.
  13. ^ "FooNET/HTTPD/CIT updates and information". Retrieved 2009-03-02.

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