February 3, 2004
(21:56) Microsoft Corp's website remained online today, despite a preplanned
attack by a MyDoom worm variant.
Experts say MyDoom.B, a version of MyDoom.A, was programmed to flood
Microsoft's site with repeated requests for information in an effort to shut
it down - a so-called denial of service attack.
MyDoom.A has infected possibly over a million PCs, generating a torrent of
spam emails and crippling corporate email servers, as well as slowing
traffic for some Internet service providers.
The biggest victim of MyDoom.A was the Utah-based computer software firm SCO
Group, which was subjected to a denial of service attack on Sunday.
Its site is still offline today.
The Irish Linux User Group today rejected suggestions that the MyDoom virus
could be attributed to the Linux/Open Source community.
The group said statements made by William Campbell of Bua Training, on RTÉ's
Morning Ireland, grossly misrepresented the Linux & Open Source Community.
ILUG and the Linux/Open Source community, they said, join in the
condemnation of this and all other computer worms and viruses as violation
of computer users' right to use their computer and serve only to further
inhibit free, open information & knowledge exchange.
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