White Lightning Axiom: Redux: Not much adoo about it...

Tuesday, February 06, 2007


Not much adoo about it...

Zip. Nothing. It was a fairly mundane day yesterday. Outside of the cold (which is SUPPOSED to be the norm at this time of the year) and a light dusting of snow this morning, there is hardly anything noteworthy to talk about. Well ... except for possibly this. A co-worker of mine noticed that some of his favorite internet fishing holes for xml documentation were unavailable. Given the redundancy and 'self healing' capabilities of our global network these days, I found this statement quite intriguing:
Experts said the unusually powerful attacks lasted as long as 12 hours but passed largely unnoticed by most computer users, a testament to the resiliency of the Internet. Behind the scenes, computer scientists worldwide raced to cope with enormous volumes of data that threatened to saturate some of the Internet's most vital pipelines.

The Homeland Security Department confirmed it was monitoring what it called "anomalous" Internet traffic.
The motive for the attacks was unclear, said Duane Wessels, a researcher at the Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis at the San Diego Supercomputing Center. "Maybe to show off or just be disruptive; it doesn't seem to be extortion or anything like that," Wessels said.

Other experts said the hackers appeared to disguise their origin, but vast amounts of rogue data in the attacks were traced to South Korea.

The attacks appeared to target UltraDNS, the company that operates servers managing traffic for Web sites ending in "org" and some other suffixes, experts said. Officials with NeuStar Inc., which owns UltraDNS, confirmed only that it had observed an unusual increase in traffic.

Among the targeted "root" servers that manage global Internet traffic were ones operated by the Defense Department and the Internet's primary oversight body.
Heh. So, their efforts essentially resulted in no noticeable disruption. The days of the Legion of Doom are truly behind us.

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