Have DoS Attacks Gone Out of Style?
DoS attacks have mutated, merging with more advanced worms and viruses, as was the case when Blaster surfaced in August — and analysts expect DoS to be a more and more frequent part of worm payloads. Less than two months after computer users sighed that the Year 2000 scare was only so much hubbub, the Internet world was racked by a series of attacks that made people question whether what had been touted as the most significant medium in history was as safe as they had thought. A teenager using a relatively primitive program unleashed an attack that paralyzed the Web’s most popular and important sites — including Yahoo (Nasdaq: YHOO) , eBay (Nasdaq: EBAY) , Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN) and Buy.com . CNN Interactive found itself essentially unable to update its stories for two hours — a potentially devastating problem for a news organization that prides itself on its timeliness. “We were seriously affected,” CNN.com spokesperson Edna Johnson said. “We were serving content, but it was very inconsistent and very little.” Full Story