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PRNewswire: Computer Associates Warns of mstream Denial of Service Tool

May 12, 2000, 20:23 (1 Talkback[s])

"Computer Associates International, Inc. (CA) is warning computer users of "mstream," a new DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack tool. The mstream tool is still under development, but from analysis to date, it can turn any computer into an unwilling accomplice to a DDoS attack on a Web site."

"mstream, which was found on a Linux system at a university, enables hackers to launch attacks from multiple hijacked servers within one or more Internet-connected systems to flood a victim with crippling amounts of network traffic. The business impact of such attacks has the potential to make eBusiness systems unavailable to their users. The damage from DDoS attacks that crippled several major Websites in February was estimated to be in the billions of dollars."

"CA offers comprehensive and proactive defense against this new threat with its eTrust suite. eTrust Antivirus also known as InoculateIT, scans servers for the hostile mstream code, and eTrust Intrusion Detection detects mstream traffic. As mstream can only be introduced through outsiders gaining access to guest or public accounts, use of eTrust Access Control prevents unauthorized outsiders from gaining access in the first place."

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