January 25th, 2003 Comments Off on Again?

I came home to find that the Internet has suffered a massive DDOS attack. I don’t know what’s worse: that the attack resulted from a flaw in a Microsoft product; or that so many server out there are open and unpatched because of clueless administrators; or that everything will be forgotten in a few weeks because we have a culture of not caring about software flaws.

From what is known, this attack effectively disabled five of thirteen root nameservers. As such attacks are becoming more common, I don’t believe anybody will be surprised if a coming attack succeeds in disabling all root nameservers simultaneously.

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