Virus-Like Attack Slows Down web

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  1. greekgirlinnj

    greekgirlinnj in loco CD

    Im not sure if it was pure coinky dink but i contact my web server by ***** from my aol account at 500pm and by 505 i was able to retrieve *****s..

    unreal how this can affect things..these viruses are unreal

    it seems it attacked servers but my aol was fine

    so i talked to the person that did my website and now all incoming *****s are also forwarded to one of my aol names just as a backup
  2. Bill Furniture

    Bill Furniture Flounder

    I tried to get on UG this morning and got as far as the homepage, but it wouldn't open. I had no problem getting on AOl though.
  3. spanky123


    Originally posted by Kimmie:

    "It was very frustrating not being able to access certain sites."

    Like UG! I had tried several times last night and this morning but it wouldn't load up.......i can exhale now as everything is back to normal
  4. Psychosis


    The internet controls WAY too much of our lives. [/B][/QUOTE]

    You r so right Kimmie! I was not able to access some sites and I was actually depressed that I couldnt get onto UG. :)
  5. Kimmie


    I had problems last night, and this morning. I cleared my cookies and the problem seemed to go away.

    It was very frustrating not being able to access certain sites.

    The internet controls WAY too much of our lives.
  6. Fargo


    Wow, traffic on Port 1434 "broke the Internet".
  7. spanky123


    That explains everthying....most things on the web weren't loading up last night after i came home from the party. And there i was blaming AOL and my slow-ass 56k connection.
  8. greekgirlinnj

    greekgirlinnj in loco CD

    I SWEAR TO FUCKING web host fucking better have *****s i have gotten the past 15 hours..

    i have tested my ***** address sending mail and still have no incoming mail

    casper thanks for the information
  9. Casper


    This is taken direclty from AOL news.

    WASHINGTON (Jan. 25) - Traffic on the Internet slowed dramatically for hours early Saturday, the effects of a fast-spreading, virus-like infection that overwhelmed the world's digital pipelines and broadly interfered with Web browsing and delivery of ******.

    Sites monitoring the health of the Internet reported significant slowdowns globally. Experts said the electronic attack bore remarkable similarities to the ''Code Red'' virus during the summer of 2001 which also ground online traffic to a halt.

    ''It's not debilitating,'' said Howard Schmidt, President Bush's No. 2 cyber-security adviser. ''Everybody seems to be getting it under control.'' Schmidt said the FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Center and private experts at the CERT Coordination Center were monitoring the attack and offering technical advice to computer administrators on how to protect against it.

    Most home users did not need to take any protective measures.

    The virus-like attack, which began about 12:30 a.m. EST, sought out vulnerable computers on the Internet to infect using a known flaw in popular database software from Microsoft Corp., called ''SQL Server 2000.'' But the attacking software code was scanning for victim computers so randomly and so aggressively - sending out thousands of probes each second - that it saturated many Internet data pipelines.

    Schmidt said disruption within the U.S. government was minimal, partly because the attack occurred early on a Saturday morning.

    ''This is like Code Red all over again,'' said Marc Maiffret, an executive with eEye Digital Security, whose engineers were among the earliest to study samples of the attack software. ''The sheer number of attacks is eating up so much bandwidth that normal operations can't take place.''

    ''The impact of this worm was huge,'' agreed Ben Koshy of W3 International Media Ltd., which operates thousands of Web sites from its computers in Vancouver. ''It's a very significant attack.''

    Koshy added that, about six hours after the attack started, commercial Web sites that had been overwhelmed were starting to come back online as engineers began effectively blocking the malicious data traffic. At the height of the attack, another company reported that computers were flooded with more than 125 megabytes of data every second.

    ''People are recovering from it,'' Koshy said.

    Symantec Corp., an antivirus vendor, estimated that at least 22,000 systems were affected worldwide.

    ''Traffic itself seems to have leveled off a little bit, so likely only so many systems are exposed out there,'' said Oliver Friedrichs, senior manager with Symantec Security Response. The attacking software, technically known as a worm, was overwhelming Internet traffic-directing devices known as routers.

    ''The Internet is still usable, but we're definitely receiving reports from some of our customers who have had it affect their routers specifically,'' Friedrichs said.

    The attack sought to exploit a software flaw discovered by researchers in July 2002 that permits hackers to seize control of corporate database servers. Microsoft deemed the problem ''critical'' and offered a free repairing patch, but it was impossible to know how many computer administrators applied the fix.

    ''People need to do a better job about fixing vulnerabilities,'' Schmidt said.

    The latest attack was likely to revive debate within the technology industry about the need for an Internet-wide monitoring center, which the Bush administration has proposed. Some Internet industry executives and lawyers said they would raise serious civil liberties concerns if the U.S. government, not an industry consortium, operated such a powerful monitoring center.

    ''No where do you see everything that has happened in cyber-space, no one has that synoptic view,'' said Dick Clarke, Bush's top cyber-security adviser, during a speech earlier this month to U.S. intelligence officials. ''What we're talking about is seeing something in time to stop it, a major cyber attack.''

    During the ''Code Red'' attack in July 2001, about 300,000 mostly corporate server computers were infected and programmed to launch a simultaneous attack against the Web site for the White House, which U.S. officials were able to defend successfully.

    Unlike that episode, the malicious software used in this latest attack did not appear to do anything other than try to spread its own infection, experts said.

    On the Net:

    Technical details: ecurity/

    Microsoft fix: bulletin/MS02-039.asp

    AP-NY-01-25-03 0820EST

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