[dns-operations] "Computer Researchers Warn of Net Attacks"

Paul Vixie paul at vix.com
Thu Mar 16 15:05:53 UTC 2006

Mar 16, 5:27 AM (ET)



Experts traced at least 1,500 attacks that briefly shut down commercial Web
sites, large Internet providers and leading Internet infrastructure companies
during a period of weeks. The attacks were so targeted that most Internet
users did not notice widespread effects.

Ken Silva, the chief security officer for VeriSign Inc., compared the scale of
attacks to the damage caused in October 2002 when nine of the 13 computer
"root" servers that manage global Internet traffic were crippled by a powerful
electronic attack. VeriSign operates two of the 13 root server computers, but
its machines were unaffected.

"This is significantly larger than what we saw in 2002, by an order of
magnitude," Silva said.



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