Saturday, April 4, 2009

Distributed Denial of Service Attack: Something is Wrong around the Internet

For the past days we have been hearing about the Conficker worm which is supposed to go live April 1. But the date passed and nothing happened. Yet today something is wrong with the Internet. Websites that would have been normally up could not be accessed.

Upon investigating further I found these http://www.secuobs.com/revue/news/79101.shtml, http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/040309_Registercom_Falls_Prey_to_DDoS_Attack, and http://www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp?aId=91639. A Denial of Service attack is when hackers attack servers where the addresses of websites around the internet is kept. What happens is that you cannot view the website though it is up because your internet traffic is being redirected somewhere else.

Nothing much we can really do about it, except to wait for those responsible to fix their DNS servers.

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