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Security Portal: DDOS attacks' ultimate lesson: Secure that infrastructure

Mar 20, 2000, 05:24 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Deborah Radcliff)

"The media frenzy surrounding the February DDOS attacks on Amazon, Yahoo and e-Bay isn't surprising. Would-be consumers, Janet Reno, even the President realized just how easy some of Wall Street's favorites can be taken out of business. It was a real wake up call."

"What is surprising, at least to those who've been following e-commerce and security for awhile, is the media's failure to look into the core problem, which is shoddy infrastructure. If companies developing their Web stores paid more attention to security, these attacks would not have been nearly so successful."

"... by following best of breed security practices, many an e-business could at the least minimize their downtime to 10-15 minutes instead of the 2-4 hour lapses that occurred in February. At best, they could deflect the attacks altogether."

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