ieee-data monthly cron job in Xenial probably DDoSes ieee.org

Bug #1922960 reported by Matt Nordhoff on 2021-04-07
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Bug Description

Xenial has an older version of ieee-data, which includes a monthly cron job to download stuff from the IEEE's website.

In my experience DNS resolution fails, suggesting that older Ubuntu and Debian systems are DDoSing ieee.org's nameservers, and either overloading them or triggering some kind of rate limiting or DDoS mitigation and getting blocked.

See also https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=826104.

It might be a good idea to backport a newer version of the package.

I'm pretty sure the cron job fails anyway because the URL changed or something.

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