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CNET News.com: Slashdot struck by denial-of-service attacks

May 17, 2000, 21:01 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"Slashdot.org, the "news for nerds" Web site popular among Linux fans, fell victim to a series of hacker attacks for three days last week. The site was taken down intermittently by a series of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Slashdot founder Rob Malda said today. The attacks were similar to those that crippled Yahoo, eBay, E*Trade, Amazon.com, the FBI and other sites in February."

"The attacks were part of a triple witching at Slashdot. On top of the attacks, Slashdot had just moved to a new server, and the company was dealing with a Microsoft request to remove some postings by Slashdot readers that the software giant said violated its copyright."

"The attacker or attackers timed the assault well, choosing a moment when Slashdot was vulnerable, he added. Because of the extremely high traffic and the move to new hardware and software, administrators had to double-check that there wasn't something wrong with their own systems. "It took us a few hours until we were positive we were under attack," Malda said."

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