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Akamai Suffers Denial-of-Service Attack

Akamai has suffered a denial-of-service attack affecting its major customers, including Microsoft, Apple and Yahoo. There is a minor report at vnunet.com . A more detailed report can be found at news.netcraft.com.Akamai’s chief scientist Tom Leighton says that the attack,…

  • June 18, 2004

Akamai has suffered a denial-of-service attack affecting its major customers, including Microsoft, Apple and Yahoo. There is a minor report at vnunet.com . A more detailed report can be found at news.netcraft.com.

Akamai’s chief scientist Tom Leighton says that the attack, which is more sophisticated than we’ve seen before, was limited to approximately 4 percent of Akamai’s 1,100 customers.

The agents of the attack: hundreds of thousands of machines running Zombie attack programs like MyDoom. Last year the National Strategy to Protect Cyberspace warned that agents like this were a huge problem that needed to be addressed. Looks like the future is coming true….

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