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Jul 20 2007   6:09PM GMT

DoS attack slows Virgin America inaugural sales

Marcia Savage Marcia Savage Profile: Marcia Savage

A denial-of-service attack on Virgin America’s Web site Thursday temporarily slowed online ticket sales for the start-up airline.

Based in Burlingame, Calif., Virgin America began selling tickets for its inaugural flights on its Web site and via phone on Thursday. In the afternoon, the site began to experience delays and some inaccessibility due to a DoS attack, said Virgin America spokeswoman Abby Lunardini. Service was restored by late afternoon, a few hours later.

“The problem was identified, corrected and resolved,” she said.

The airline is scheduled to launch its low-cost service from San Francisco to New York and Los Angeles Aug. 8.

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