Overheard: Word of the Day

Jul 10 2009   3:32PM GMT

Overheard – Distributed denial of service attack

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

There are a lot of statements being made by people who are not involved in analyzing these attacks, and a lot of inappropriate rhetoric about ‘cyberwar.’

Dave Dittrich as quoted in Latest DDoS attacks extremely unsophisticated, experts say

DDoS attacks were aimed at several U.S. government sites this past week, including sites for the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Transportation.  The New York Stock Exchange, the Nasdaq electronic exchange, the Washington Post and South Korean government sites were also attacked.

Researchers from the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) and the Korea Internet Security Center are busy analyzing the traffic packets and it looks like there might be a “command and control server” out there giving orders to a zombie army.  If that’s true, it should be easier to catch whoever is behind the attacks. Hopefully.

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