September 15, 2000

Warning: Crackers set to launch 'serious attack' on Web

Author: JT Smith

The nationâs government-funded
computer security watchdog issued a warning
Friday that computer intruders have taken control
of hundreds of computers connected to the
Internet. The attackers are in a position to launch a
serious attack, according to the CERT
Coordination Center, which said that the situation
"poses a significant threat to Internet sites and the
Internet infrastructure."

Computer vandals are exploiting two fairly
common vulnerabilities in Unix computer systems discovered
since July. In about 100 cases since then, intruders have used
the vulnerabilities to install distributed denial-of-service tools
on machines, according to CERT Incident Response Team
Leader Kevin Houle. The story is at MSNBC.


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