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MyDoom Tracked to Russia, Can SCO Defend?

Jan 30, 2004, 16:00 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Simon Ostrovsky)

The Moscow Times: Rampant E-Mail Virus Traced to Russia

"Using location-sensing software, Kaspersky Labs has traced the first e-mails infected with MyDoom back to addresses with Russian Internet providers.

"'It's scary, but most serious viruses are written in Russia,' said Denis Zenkov, spokesman for Kaspersky, the country's largest anti-virus software company.

"Ever since it first appeared Monday night, the virus has managed to latch onto every 12th e-mail sent, slowing down Internet traffic around the world..."

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Netcraft: SCO Legal Case Poses a Conundrum on How It Should Defend a DDoS

"While Microsoft has a track record of deflecting DDoS attacks, the SCO Group's ability to defend its web site is complicated by the company's legal battle with Linux users. Both companies will be targeted Sunday by denial of service attacks from Windows computers infected by the MyDoom worm.

"Content distribution networks (CDN) can play a key role in defeating DDoS attacks, using their large and widely distributed networks of servers to blunt their impact. Microsoft used a CDN service from Akamai to keep its web site online last August, when the Blaster worm programmed machines to launch a DDoS on the Windows Update site. Microsoft's strategy drew considerable attention, as the front page of the www.microsoft.com site was served by Linux machines on Akamai's network..."

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