Servers under Attack

Posted by: yoyo52

Servers under Attack - 10/23/02 05:51 PM

I'll copy the whole story here:<br><br>Nine of the 13 computer servers that manage global Internet traffic were crippled by a powerful electronic attack this week, officials said. <br><br>But most Internet users didn't notice because the attack only lasted an hour. Its origin was not known, and the FBI and White House were investigating. <br><br>One official described Monday's attack as the most sophisticated and large-scale assault against these crucial computers in the history of the Internet. <br><br>Seven of the 13 servers failed to respond to legitimate network traffic and two others failed intermittently during the attack, officials confirmed. <br><br>The FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Center was "aware of the denial of service attack and is addressing this matter," spokesman Steven Berry said. <br><br>Service was restored after experts enacted defensive measures and the attack suddenly stopped. <br><br>The 13 computers are spread geographically across the globe as precaution against physical disasters and operated by U.S. government agencies, universities, corporations and private organizations. <br><br>"As best we can tell, no user noticed and the attack was dealt with and life goes on," said Louis Touton, vice president for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the Internet's key governing body. <br><br>"We were prepared, we responded quickly," said Brian O'Shaughnessy, a spokesman for VeriSign Inc., which operates two of the 13 computers in northern Virginia. <br><br>Computer experts who manage some of the affected computers, speaking on condition of anonymity, said they were cooperating with the White House through its Office of Homeland Security and the President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board. <br><br>Richard Clarke, President Bush's top cyber-security adviser and head of the protection board, has warned for months that an attack against the Internet's 13 so-called root server computers could be greatly disruptive. <br><br>These experts said the attack, which started about 4:45 p.m. EDT Monday, transmitted data to each targeted root server 30 to 40 times normal amounts. One said that just one additional failure would have disrupted e-mails and Web browsing across parts of the Internet. <br><br>Monday's attack wasn't more disruptive because many Internet providers and large corporations and organizations routinely store, or "cache," popular Web directory information for better performance. <br><br>"The Internet was designed to be able to take outages, but when you take the root servers out, you don't know how long you can work without them," said Alan Paller, director of research at the SANS Institute, a security organization based in Bethesda, Md. <br><br>Although the Internet theoretically can operate with only a single root server, its performance would slow if more than four root servers failed for any appreciable length of time. <br><br>In August 2000, four of the 13 root servers failed for a brief period because of a technical glitch. <br><br>A more serious problem involving root servers occurred in July 1997 after experts transferred a garbled directory list to seven root servers and failed to correct the problem for four hours. Traffic on much of the Internet ground to a halt.<br><br>Great wits are sure to madness near allied.--John Dryden, "Absalom and Achitophel"
Posted by: Mcteak

Re: Servers under Attack - 10/23/02 05:58 PM

I read that this morning. Is that an attack on the world or just a couple of bored 10 year olds with way to much free time on their hands.<br><br>Too Easy!
Posted by: margadagio

Re: Servers under Attack - 10/23/02 05:59 PM

very scary stuff. <br><br><br><br>
Posted by: yoyo52

Re: Servers under Attack - 10/23/02 06:00 PM

Ya know, I can't tell if there's any difference. The French poet, Baudelaire, says that the thing that will destroy us all is boredom, anyway, and I guess it doesn't matter whether it's a ten year old or an adult.<br><br>Great wits are sure to madness near allied.--John Dryden, "Absalom and Achitophel"
Posted by: Mcteak

Re: Servers under Attack - 10/23/02 06:05 PM

Roger that!<br><br>Too Easy!
Posted by: lesh

Re: Servers under Attack - 10/23/02 06:07 PM

And John Updike says: A healthy male adult bore consumes each year one and a half times his own weight in other people's patience.<br>So if they don't destroy us - they will at the very least annoy us...<br><br><br>[color:purple]The shortest distance between two points is how far apart they are.</font color=purple>
Posted by: yoyo52

Re: Servers under Attack - 10/23/02 06:18 PM

Updike grew up around where I live. If you were to visit Berks C ounty, PA, you might understand where he's coming from.<br><br><br><br>Great wits are sure to madness near allied.--John Dryden, "Absalom and Achitophel"
Posted by: Trog

Re: Servers under Attack - 10/23/02 06:28 PM

<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>...and White House were investigating.<p><hr></blockquote><p>I think that scares me the most!<br><br>
Posted by: yoyo52

Re: Servers under Attack - 10/23/02 06:30 PM

Now that you mention it, it does sound odd that the White House would get into an investigation. Isn't that what other agencies are for? I bet they think it's part of a concerted terrorist thing.<br><br>Great wits are sure to madness near allied.--John Dryden, "Absalom and Achitophel"
Posted by: lesh

Re: Servers under Attack - 10/23/02 06:46 PM

Yoyo - I know Berks County - I grew up in Central NJ, had family in Lancaster area & went to college in Philly - I understand where Updike's coming from & I know boredom, too.<br><br>And I don't miss any of it a bit!!<br><br>[color:purple]The shortest distance between two points is how far apart they are.</font color=purple>
Posted by: yoyo52

Re: Servers under Attack - 10/23/02 06:56 PM

Lancaster is hopping by comparison, lesh!<br><br>Seriously, though, since I rarely have time to do more than scratch and fart for entertainment [it's the male condition, as we learn elsewhere on the boards ], a boring place is OK with me. I just wish it were closer to places that aren't so boring so I could say, "See, we coulda . . ."<br><br>Great wits are sure to madness near allied.--John Dryden, "Absalom and Achitophel"
Posted by: lesh

Re: Servers under Attack - 10/23/02 07:11 PM

Gee whiz - so close to places like Doylestown and Trenton and you still can't find any excitement?<br><br>[color:purple]The shortest distance between two points is how far apart they are.</font color=purple>
Posted by: yoyo52

Re: Servers under Attack - 10/23/02 08:34 PM

ROTFLMAO.<br><br>My wife was born in Trenton, poor lass.<br><br>But she moved to Boston when she was a mere year old.<br><br>Great wits are sure to madness near allied.--John Dryden, "Absalom and Achitophel"
Posted by: MacGizmo

Re: Servers under Attack - 10/23/02 09:28 PM

Sorry... I was bored!<br><br>
Posted by: yoyo52

Re: Servers under Attack - 10/24/02 11:32 AM

Bored is what I've been the last couple of days, home sick, mostly sleeping when I haven't been on line. I wish I could do some work, but I really can't concentrate at all.<br><br>Great wits are sure to madness near allied.--John Dryden, "Absalom and Achitophel"
Posted by: DaddyMac

Re: Servers under Attack - 10/24/02 12:17 PM

I thought it was BUCKS County!<br><br>I went to school in a suburb of Trenton, and the one good thing they had - opened when I was there- was the AA Trenton Thunder ballpark.<br><br>Of course, from a designer's standpoint the team logo was HIDEOUS, but don't get me started...<br><br><br>[color:red]Remember- there's no 'i' in 'team', but there IS an 'm' and an 'e'...</font color=red>
Posted by: yoyo52

Re: Servers under Attack - 10/24/02 01:04 PM

Bucks County is a suburban Philly county. Berks County is like a little bit of history floating around in the present. Honestly, when we moved here 13 years ago, I thought I'd slipped into one of those temporal discontinuities that seem so frequent in Stat Trek and found myself in 1950s America. Not much has changed in the 13 years between then and now.<br><br>Great wits are sure to madness near allied.--John Dryden, "Absalom and Achitophel"