MyDoom Slows Web Performance
While home page downloads slow by as much as 50 percent, the e-mail worm's worst effects may be yet to come. Experts say the planned DOS attack on SCO's Web site could hurt Internet backbone traffic as well.As the fastest-moving e-mail worm continues to haunt inboxes, it is creating some hiccups in response times on the Internet. But the real danger could lie in MyDooms "time bomb" set to trigger a denial of service attack next month against the SCO Group Inc.s Web site, experts say. Response times from major Web sites home pages have fallen by about 50 percent since MyDooms outbreak began on Monday, according to companies that monitor Web performance. So far, the Internet backbone itself has been largely unaffected, running about 8 percent to 10 percent slower on Tuesday than on an average day, said Lloyd Taylor, vice president of technology at Web performance monitoring vendor Keynote Systems Inc. "The performance degradation were seeing is due to congestion on corporate firewalls and filters, but the [Internet] backbone itself is running fine," Taylor said.
Keynote, of San Mateo, Calif., noticed that response times from the 40 large Web sites it monitors slowed down once MyDoom began spreading on Monday. Home page downloads rose to about 4 seconds, compared to the typical response time of between 2 seconds and 3 seconds, Keynote said.