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CNET News.com: FBI posts software to combat hacker attacks

Feb 14, 2000, 19:09 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"The FBI and security site Packet Storm have posted software that can detect whether a site is being attacked. Once an attack is identified, Web site managers can implement plans to deflect the crippling amount of traffic generated by the assault."

"The FBI's tool examines programs on a computer for 'signatures' that indicate the presence of the attack software, much like the way antivirus software looks for telltale signs."

"Those who download the FBI's software 'are asked to report significant or suspected criminal activity to their local FBI office or the NIPC Watch/Warning Unit, and to computer emergency response support and other law enforcement agencies,' the FBI said. ... Computer forensics--the electronic equivalent of dusting for fingerprints--can help identify who launched an attack and how."

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