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IDG.net: Poor architecture let Web attacks succeed, CA says

Feb 23, 2000, 00:17 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Legard)

"The success of the recent distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against leading Web sites was largely caused by the poor design of the systems architecture supporting those sites, according to Alan Lloyd, manager of strategic development for Computer Associates International (CA) OpenDirectory group."

"Systems that are set up to have a single point of entry have no chance of fending off coordinated attacks like those that disabled Web sites belonging to Amazon.com, eBay and others, Lloyd said at a press conference here today."

"E-commerce security must go hand-in-hand with customer management, according to Lloyd. Trusted users who have registered at a site will be granted extra user privileges running on one server, while the general public, which is likely to include malicious intruders, are restricted to the shopfront server."

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