WASHINGTON -- An unusually powerful electronic attack briefly

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  1. Doglips

    Doglips Guest

    Ill just post the news report on this....personaly I wounder if this is not just some more non terrorist attack...kinda like the sniper thing.....(seeems noting is a terroist attack anymore)

    Oct 22, 9:45 PM

    Attack cripples 9 Internet servers

    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON -- An unusually powerful electronic attack briefly crippled nine of the 13 computer servers that manage global Internet traffic this week, officials disclosed Tuesday. But most Internet users didn't notice because the attack only lasted one hour.

    The FBI and White House were investigating. One official described the attack Monday as the most-sophisticated and large-scale assault against these crucial computers in the history of the Internet. The origin of the attack was not known.

    Seven of the 13 servers failed to respond to legitimate network traffic and two others failed intermittently during the attack, officials confirmed.

    The FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Center was "aware of the denial-of-service attack and is addressing this matter," spokesman Steven Berry said.

    Service was restored after experts enacted defensive measures and the attack suddenly stopped.

    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.

    "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 Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers, the Internet's key governing body.

    Brian O'Shaughnessy, a spokesman for VeriSign Inc., which operates two of the 13 computers in northern Virginia, said, "These sorts of attacks will happen.

    "We were prepared, we responded quickly," O'Shaughnessy said. "We proactively cooperated with our fellow root server operators and the appropriate authorities."

    Computer experts who manage some of the affected computers told The Associated Press they were cooperating with the White House through its Office of Homeland Security and the President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board.

    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 dramatically disruptive.

    These experts said the attack, which started about 4:45 p.m. 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.

    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.

    "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.

    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.

    In August 2000, four of the 13 root servers failed for a brief period because of a technical glitch.

    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.
  2. PAPA G

    PAPA G G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor



    :assult: :nod:

    ;) :D :p

  3. wes

    wes Guest

    THIS IS A TEST,IT IS ONLY A TEST! No need to worry,we're all safe. Just go back to sleep.
  4. BenP

    BenP Guest

    One should never put too much faith in machines. That's why I got a few mason jars buried in key locations.

    NRAJOE YOU TALKIN' TO ME!? Forum Contributor

    You too huh? Got all my cash in a stash (and no I won't tell you where!) :p
  6. Stopper

    Stopper G&G Newbie

    I didn't know the Homeland Security bill passed.

    If it hasn't why do we have a department of Homeland Security?

    I thought the 2nd Amendment was the Homeland Security Department.

    NRAJOE YOU TALKIN' TO ME!? Forum Contributor

    The 2nd Amendment...The original "Homeland Security":right:
  8. dhermesc

    dhermesc G&G Evangelist

    Around here we don't dial 911, we ring up a .357
  9. Stopper

    Stopper G&G Newbie

    dhermesc - I know your an accountant and all but are you sure about your numbers?

    What the heck have you been up to?
    I'm sure you don't miss this place!!! But the new accountant is really hot!!! I really enjoy looking at her way, way more than looking at your ugly mug!!he,he,he!!