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Update: ESR Confirms DoS Attack; Hacker to End Attack

I have just received confirmation that there was indeed a DoS attack on SCO’s network, a rather sophisticated one organized by an experienced Internet engineer. The person responsible has agreed to terminate the attack in response to my earlier request[1], but it will not actually end until the timers on his ‘bots run out. I don’t actually know who the attacker is, and don’t want to; the person who phoned me was not him, but an associate — what spies call a cut-out. It is clear that the attacker was no script kiddie; he was able to come up with a subtle, selective attack that only took out a subset of sites on the subnet that hosts SCO and looked like a site outage from the outside. I had been hoping, and actually expecting, that the attacker would turn out to be some adolescent cracker with no real connection to the open-source community other than a willingness to stand down when one of its leaders asked. But no; I was told enough about his background and how he did it to be pretty sure he is one of us — and I am ashamed for all of us. Full Story

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