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MSNBC: Hackers Amass New Zombie Army

Sep 16, 2000, 15:05 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bob Sullivan)

"Computer vandals are exploiting two fairly common vulnerabilities in Unix computer systems discovered since July. In about 100 cases since then, intruders have used the vulnerabilities to install distributed denial-of-service tools on machines, according to CERT Incident Response Team Leader Kevin Houle. Those tools figured prominently in February's well-publicized attacks on big-name Web sites like Yahoo.com, Amazon.com, and CNN.com."

"New reports are coming in at the rate of about two to five per day, he said."

"In one incident, we recorded over 560 hosts at 220 Internet sites around the world as being a part of a Tribe Flood Network 2000 DDoS network," Poule said."

"...Most of the compromised computers were Red Hat Linux machines running the basic, default configuration, Poule said. Linux is one flavor of Unix, and vulnerabilites often span the many flavors of Unix."

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